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Overlook Mountain, May its human neighbors in this time of crisis, rally to its defenses
– Alf Evers
Environment - Culture - Community
The threatened land on Overlook Mountain, which we set out to preserve, has been secured and is no longer at risk of real estate development. Overlook Mountain Center (OMC) stewards the nearly 40 upper Lewis Hollow parcel, overseeing land use and access, while conducting outdoor education programming open to the public. Below is the list of accomplished milestones and goals, which speaks to our mission of promoting and supporting the environment, culture and community on and around Overlook Mountain.
CONSERVE - Purchase of Upper Lewis Hollow
The upper 37 acre Lewis Hollow lot was purchased with the help of a local private family foundation, for preservation, education and research of the historic and possible prehistoric stone constructions present on the property. The land features include stone walls associated with Hardenburgh Patent and Livingston family property line sub-divisions as well as those which may be Naive American and ceremonial in origin. The land is now owned by Guardian Antiquities Research, LLC, and is not open to the public. Land stewardship is provided by Overlook Mountain Center which provided access through its interpretive guides and programs. Call 845 417 8384 for more info or go to our Programs page.
Links to articles documenting the preservation effort.
"Forever Wild" Deed on lower parcel
The lower 45 acre lot was purchased by a private individual, who lives in Lewis Hollow, and a “forever wild” deed restriction has been placed on the land, protecting it from development.
COMMUNITY - Programming
Since 2013, OMC has been carrying out interpretive tours and programming including group walks, talks, lectures and workshops on landscape archaeology, archeaoastronomy and local history. Participants included groups such as the 3rd graders from Mtn. Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, Boy Scout Troop 31 from Glasco, NY and the Photography Club of Mohonk Preserve members.
CULTURE - NYS Humanities Grant
2019 – OMC received its second New York Humanities grant, to facilitate a community discussion and workshop on the topic: Identifying and Protecting Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscapes in our Communities. The talk, titled “Let the Landscape Speak”, was presented by Doug Harris of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Narragansett tribe of Rhode Island.
2015 – OMC applied for, received and implemented a grant from the NYS Council for the Humanities, to facilitate a community discussion group on the topic of “work in our community over the years.” This was facilitated by Woodstock Town Historian Richard Heppner and carried out at the Historical Society between March and June.
EDUCATE - Research and Study
Solving the mysteries of Lewis Hollow on Overlook Mountain is a focus of OMC. By identifying the various resources of historic significance and understanding them is their proper cultural context, a stronger connection to the mountain can be realized and appreciated by those who interact with Overlook. Various expert researchers have visited the Lewis Hollow site and examined the features and artifacts present there.
Below are links to some of their findings.
Press report on research effort at Lewis Hollow site.
A letter from SUNY Prof. Nina Versaggi attesting to the uniqueness and importance of the Lewis Hollow Site.
A report based on the extensive survey of the Lewis Hollow site by researcher and National Geographic grant recipient David Johnson.
ENVIRONMENT - Future Land Protection
As a land preservation “think tank”, OMC is available to assist other groups and individuals in protecting threatened property and resources of cultural significance. Using “fast track” methods not usually available through conventional land conservancy groups, OMC can help put in place the resources and support needed to protect important, threatened parcels.