All Tours: 5

The Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony was one of the premier Arts and Crafts communities in America. Dating from 1902, when it was founded by Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, Hervey White, and Bolton Brown, noted artists intellectuals, and craftspeople…

In the fall of 1846, Upstate New York abolitionist Gerrit Smith announced a settlement plan to give away forty-acre plots of land to three thousand free African American men living in the state of New York. Scattered across several counties in the…

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the soul lives, thinks and invents.” - Ludwing van Beethoven, 1810 Music and the community have long been interconnected. The…

In 1774, Ann Lee and a coterie of followers emigrated from England to North America in pursuit of religious freedom. The prophetess Lee, prompted by a vision she received from Christ, brought with her eight believers, all of whom adhered to the…

If most Americans had to pick a state to associate with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), more commonly called the Mormon church, they would inevitably pick Utah, not New York. Nevertheless, upstate New York served as the…