TIME LINE - RIFTON N.Y.

500,000,000 BC: A warm shallow sea covers this part of Ulster County

At about 20,000 year intervals: Ice ages interspersed with temperate times cover North America

10,000 BC: The last ice age ends. Horses and Mastodons roam the lower Hudson Valley.

10,000 BC: Paleo Indians wander eastward across the nation and then northward following the herds up the Shawangunk ridge. One loses a clovis point near Dashville. It is not found again for twelve thousand years.

8000BC to 1500BC: With warmer temperatures settled in, Hunter-Gather Indians begin to become more domestic.

1000BC: The Wallkill becomes a major thoroughfare.

1000BC - ca 1800AD: Woodland Indians, the Lenni Lenape or "Old Ones" occupy the Wallkill. valley.

800BC-100BC: Celts visit and occupy sites in New England.

1609 AD: Hendrick Hudson navigates the Hudson River in his sailing vessel the "Halve Moon".

1663 AD: Louis DuBois leads an expedition of soldiers to rescue women and children taken by Indians. The trail takes them up the Wallkill through the rugged steps at Rifton and Dashville.

1677: The New Paltz Patent is purchased from the Indians and approved by the Governor. The northern line falls between Dashville and Rifton. The Indians retain a tract called Ah Qua, holding Kintakoys (festivals) there.

1690-1704: Hendrick Smit arrives at Swartekill from Holland. He is to be an indentured servant to Jacob Rutsen in return for his passage.

1709-1715: Hendrick Smit obtains a life lease for 80 acres and builds his house. The house still stands on Church Hill Road.

Before 1724: Colonel Jacob Rusten, Jacob Aertse and Mattys & Nicholas Blasyan own land in the northern part of Swartekill.

1724: Arien Geeretse receives a deed to land near the confluence of the Wallkill and Rondout Kill.

Ca 1760: Johannes Hardenbergh, Jr. moves from Rosendale to Swartekill. His farm is built along the Swarte Kill. Sojourner Truth will later be born on this farm. Eventually a mill is built.

1776: The War of Independence begins.

1781: Tax list shows sixteen landowners. Johannis Hardenbergh has by far the largest holdings.

1790: An old map shows sixteen families inhabiting the environs of Dashville.

Ca 1796: Sojourner Truth Born on Johannis Hardenbergh Jr. Farm in Swartekill

1810: The Hardenberghs sell water rights at Dashville to Ezekiel Eltinge.

1811: The Town of Esopus is formed

1800 - up: Two of the most prominent townsmen engaged in legal work and writing are Peter R. Decker, and Marinus V. Wheeler, of Swartekill and Dashville respectively.

1820: School district No.7 holds its first meeting.

Ca 1820: Perrine's Hotel is built.

1821: School house is built at a total cost of $100.

By 1822: Ezekiel Eltinge builds a grist mill. There is also a sawmill. Date of construction is unknown.

1824: Ezekiel Eltinge constructs a fulling and carding mill at Dashville.

1825: Dashville Falls founded by Thomas Butler. The village contains a cotton mill, a grist mill, a sawmill, and a fulling & carding mill.

Before 1827: Ebenezer Rider constructs a grist mill at Rifton falls.

1828: Rider grist mill sold to B. & J. Arnold who built a cotton mill near the island between Rifton and Dashville. (At Rifton Falls).

1830: Peter L. Hardenburgh (sic) applies for a tavern license at Perrine's Bridge.

1832: Thomas Butler constructs a cotton mill at Dashville.

1834: The Church at Dashville Falls is built at a cost of $1,462.38.

1835: The first powder mill is established below Buttermilk Falls by James Howe. The community of Saltpeterville is founded.

1842, April 12: Part of the Town of New Paltz annexed to the Town of Esopus. This includes the Dashville Area.

Ca 1846: Perrine's Bridge is constructed, linking Perrinesville with Tillson.

1846: J.W. Terry acquires the cotton mill of Thomas Butler.

1850: The Dashville cotton mill is closed.

1852: Ezekiel Elting family sells grist mill at Dashville to William Demarest.

1857: The Arnold brothers sell their cotton mill to Joseph Lockwood, it is later purchased by J.W. Ackerly.

1859: The Dashville Church ediface is repaired and the interior renovated at a cost of $800 .

1860: Jeremiah W. Dimmick Sr. arrives in Arnoldton, purchases lands and mills, then renames the area "Rifton Glen".

1861: J.W. Dimmick purchases the Arnold mills from J.W. Ackerly, establishing a woolen mill.

Civil War: Dimmick makes army blankets. The mill burns down and is rebuilt.

1862/3: The Rifton Hotel is constructed.

1864/5: The old stone school building is replaced with a red frame structure at a cost of $849.92 .

1865: The Dashville fulling and carding mill is purchased by Kaye Brothers and converted into a knife factory.

1865: Smith and Rand Powder Company files a map of their holdings in Town of Esopus.

1875: The Dashville Church parsonage is remodeled.

1878: The Rifton band is organized.

1888: March 12 "The Hardest snowstorm ever known in this part of the country."

1888-1891: The "New Mill" is constructed at Buttermilk Falls. This area was named "New Rifton" and "The Lower Village". The Upper Mill photo

1891: The Dashville cotton mill (no longer in use) falls down.

1892: Methodist Church is constructed.

1894: Jan 06 7:40AM Rifton Powder Mill Explodes. Four dead.

1896: The Knife Factory at Dashville burns down.

1896: The Rifton Powder Mill explodes again. Five dead.

1898: Saint Thomas Chapel at Rifton Glen of the "All Saints Church of Rosendale" is completed. Saint Thomas' Chapel at Rifton Photo

1899: Dashville Reformed Church holds its first annual clambake.

Ca 1900: The name of New Rifton is shortened to just Rifton as population shifts northward.

1901: The Village of Rifton is incorporated.

ca 1903: Rifton Baseball team organized.

1906: The Rifton hotel burns down.

1915: The Dimmick carpet mills shut down.

Ca 1915: Rifton Baseball team disbanded.

1917: Perrine's Bridge undergoes $3000 worth of repairs.

Ca 1917: Dashville Church allegedly burned down. This is not true.

1919: Village of Rifton is officially dissolved by New York State Legislature.

1920: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Co. builds a hydroelectric plant at Dashville falls.

1923: Sturgeon Pool created by damming the Wallkill. Central Hudson builds a larger plant here.

1929: The beginning of the Great Depression

1920s,30s: The finest prohibition applejack in the country is made at a series of stills in the environs of Rifton. Much of this product is exported to New York City. The best batches are kept for local use. Photo of Freeman Hotel Ca 1920

Ca 1927: Dashville Church is torn down and sold to C. Tegar of Rifton to be used for an ice house.

1930: The Rte 32 bridge completed, motor traffic over Perrine's bridge ends.

1930: 4-H club and Drum corps. of Rifton organized.

1935: Perrine's Bridge gains historic landmake recognition from New York State.

1940: Perrine's Bridge gets new roof, planking and some timbers

1941: School District No.9 consolidated with School District No. 7.

1943: Rifton Fire Company organized.

1944: Mr. Tischhauser, the owner of the former Dimmick estate defaults on his mortgage. The property and eighteen buildings on the hill are auctioned off to Samuel Greenstein of Tillson.

1954: Mr Greenstein sells "Woodcrest" to the Society of Brothers

1954: A new two classroom school building is constructed next to the old one.

1959: School District No. 7 becomes part of the Kingston City Schools consolidated.

1969, June 29: Major Restoration and Redication Of Perrine's Bridge

1971: Anna Devine School is constructed. It is dedicated in 1972.

1993: Perrine's Bridge placed on National Historic Register.



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Created Thu Jul 04, 1996