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Starr Institute, glass plate negative.



Pieter Estersohn's Life Along the Hudson

The Historic Country Estates

of the Livingston Family


"In previous centuries, the Hudson River provided the principal artery north for the emerging traveling class. Popular maps identified homes of importance that lined the river's coast. Now the view from the train along the Hudson is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the country. The S.S. Columbia Project was recently established to finance the refurbishment of the 115-year-old steamship and reintroduce the grand tradition of excursions on the Hudson River, much as one might have made in the 19th century. For those inclined to take advantage of the publicly accessible Poets' Walk, the breathtaking views of the Catskills, which the Livingstons referred to as "our mountains," are readily available to all" (Estersohn).

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