UPDATE: the Kingston Land Trust Yeomans Street Parcel ‘Clean Sweep” on April 30th

Cleaning up the KLT Yeomans Parcel. Pictured in the background is KLT Vice Chair and Chair of the KLT Land use, Mgmt, Planning Committee and volunteer and county planner Jennifer Schwartz Berky.

Below is a note from Kevin McEvoy, Chair of the Kingston Land Trust Land Use, Management and Planning (LUMP) Committee and the Vice Chair of the KLT who reports on one of our spectacular parcels on Yeomans Street in historic Ponckhockie in Kingston.

We welcome any inquiries on properties that require easements, donations or otherwise. Please contact Kevin directly if you have land that you wish to protect in the city or town of Kingston and town of Ulster by writing kevin@kingstonlandtrust.org

Rebecca Martin
Executive Director
The Kingston Land Trust



On Saturday April 30 as part of the Kingston Clean Sweep, we cleared the Kingston Land Trust Yeomans Street site of rubbish that had dumped over a long period of time.

We were conveyed this lot by the City of Kingston in 2010 with hopes of working with the neighbors in the Ponckhockie section to create a small garden at the south end of the parcel that is mostly level and receives sunlight. The north end that connects to Yeomans Street has steep slopes, difficult terrain, is shaded and covered with poison ivy. The lot is a demapped street once connecting Yeomans Street to East Union St. The East Union frontage was conveyed by the City sometime ago so the parcel has only frontage on Yeomans Street. At the time of the conveyance we were made aware of an underground drainage easement to be retained by the City referred to as Tunnel Street. The demapped street appears on 1854 map for George North and Walter B. Crane who owned and subdivided the area at that time and had grading of slopes performed including the grading of the Revolutionary militia battleworks believed to have been located in this area which is discussed in Schoonmakers’s History of Kingston.

Originally it was thought that this steep north section of the parcel might have been the east slope of the Revolutionary battleworks site where the local Ulster County militia was stationed in October 16, 1777 when the British arrived to burn Kingston. Besides Schoonmakers’s History of Kingston, the battleworks have been discussed with a drawing depicting the general area in 1849 prior to North & Crane’s grading in Lossing’s Fieldbook of the Revolution and have been the subject of discussions with City Historian Ed Ford and military historian Col. James Johnson. As part of a separate National Historic Register nomination concerning another site in Ponckhockie, I reviewed and documented possible and known roads in 1777 and possible locations of the militia battleworks.

So we were considering the suitability of the south portion for a community garden and the north portion unsuitable for garden use to have possible historic significance.

After taking title, our executive director Rebecca Martin inspected the site, met the adjoining neighbors and was made aware by them of the significance of Tunnel Street. While there may be Revolutionary significance yet to be determined, the name Tunnel Street refers to a Tunnel entrance located on the site now sealed shut which leads into the former Newark Lime & Cement Company quarries in nearby Hasbrouck Park.

So it turns we do we have an historic site but different than what we first thought!!!!! We actually did hear a tale from one neighbor about some Revolutionary era relics being found many years ago so maybe the saga will continue. The south portion is already being prepared for garden use with teepee garden poles in place reusing down limbs found on site.

Quite a story for what was thought to be forsaken and useless parcel of land.

Kevin McEvoy, May 4, 2011

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