Historic Preservation commissioner Susan Puretz would allow, however, that all of the houses except one are built of stone. She said that the houses represent a range of styles, from a cutting-edge, ultramodernized reconstruction to an abode that has been in the same family for years and hardly fussed with. Several also have lovely gardens, including one with a restored kitchen garden – once an essential part of any household.
You save by purchasing your $20 ticket in advance, at Smith’s Hardware or Hudson Valley Dessert Company; the price goes up to $25 on the day of the tour, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tickets will be sold at the Visitor Information Booth, adjacent to McDonald’s on Route 212. The torrential rain date is May 22. For more information call (845) 246-2800, extension 477, or visit www.HistoricHouseTour.com.