Welcome to the New Paltz Historic Preservation Commissions’ Historic Property Map.
This online tool will assist you in learning about the rich and diverse history of New Paltz. If you are interested in obtaining more in depth information about any property, please visit the Haviland-Heigerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library. To get started click on the tab entitled “Map” in the menu bar above. This will take you to a map of New Paltz that is divided into Hamlets. The tab entitled "Timeline will take you to an interactive timeline that demonstrates the growth of New Paltz.
Please note that the 1875 map that was used to digitize the hamlet boundaries predates the village (incorporated in 1887). The "New Paltz" on the map conforms to the New Paltz District No. 1, and in this context can be thought of as "New Paltz Proper".
A hamlet is a small community located within a town. In order for a community to be recognized as a hamlet, it must have basic public facilities for education, administration and social gatherings (such as schools, churches and post offices). Privately owned businesses and trade buildings also make up a hamlet. These include, but are not limited to: blacksmith shops, gristmills, wagon maker’s shops, general stores, hotels and produce markets. Buildings that connect the community to important transportation routes, train stations and trolley stops, are also vital to recognizing an area as a hamlet.
You can click on any one of the Hamlets to be taken to a map of that area that contains all of the individual historic property markers. Clicking on the markers will bring up a balloon with a brief description of the property, including its address. Clicking on the link entitled “Read More” will open a new tab with more information.
If there is anything specific you are looking for (an address, family name, architectural style, etc.) feel free to utilize the search bar at the bottom of each page. Additionally there are buttons on each page that allow you to export the page as a PDF, print the page, or email a link to the page to a friend through the site.
There is a Document section where you can download the documents that were used to make the site, a links section where you can visit other resources for historical information, and a Contact section where you can send us your feedback, photo’s, or questions. Thank you for visiting, and enjoy the site!