Rosendale, New York: Widow Jane Mine and Museum

A mine and museum about cement, in the former Cement Capital of the U.S.
Address:
668 Rte 213, Rosendale, NY
Directions:
I-87 exit 18, then Hwy 32 north to Rosendale. Turn west onto Hwy 213, a winding road that follows Rondout Creek. After one mile, turn right at the sign for the Century House and Snyder Estate.
Hours:
Sat-Sun 1-4 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
845-658-9900
RA Rates:
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Widow Jane Mine and Museum

This is a cement mine/museum in Rosendale, NY, which claims to have been the cement capital of the US about 100 years ago. After walking around the mine (watch for wet spots), we went into the small museum about both the town and the cement industry.

The man who was there is the president of the historical society and lives adjacent. He seems really knowledgeable about history in Ulster County and had interesting and probably accurate strong opinions about a really large historical society in an adjacent town. And he is trying to rebuild the buildings on the property -- it seems almost by himself.

[cathy, 08/29/2008]

The man that you met, Dietrich Werner, died in December 2009. He was passionate about Rosendale Cement, and will be missed by those who appreciate firm foundations and smooth surfaces.

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