For more than 60 years, several of Hurley’s homeowners have thrown open their doors on Stone House Day – it’s always held on the second Saturday of July, which this year is on July 9 – enabling visitors to get a peek at the low-ceilinged, heavy-beamed interiors with their massive fireplaces and wide floorboards. Nine houses will be on the tour: six in the village and three accessible on a free bus ride, one of which, the Hotaling House, located on Route 209, was recently bought by architect William Hutton and is new to the tour. The Stone Ridge Bed & Breakfast, also accessible by bus, is noteworthy for the recreation of the original Dutch jambless fireplace that once graced one of the downstairs rooms.
In an effort to attract younger families, this year’s event will also feature a scavenger hunt and two puppet shows, set up on the lawn of one of the houses. Some residents dress up in Colonial clothing, adding to the fun, and three reenactors will help bring the period back to life: a town crier and local landowner (played by the same person), a hardworking housewife from the late 17th century and a refugee from the burning of Kingston, which occurred in October of 1777 after the British invaded. A woman impersonating Sojourner Truth will give a rousing speech, drawing attention to the remarkable abolitionist and early feminist who was born a slave on a nearby farm. Native American dancers and the shooting of a cannon complete the attractions.
All in all, this is a great way to get in touch with the rich history of our area. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tickets are $15 for adults ($25 for two), $12 for seniors age 65 and older and students, and $1 for kids under age 12. The church cafeteria will be serving food and bus transportation is free.