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Alexander Gilson: From Property to Property Owner

  • Historic Red Hook 5 Cherry Street Red Hook, NY 12571 United States (map)

Tour Red Hook's oldest public building, the Elmendorph Inn, a mid-18th century restored stagecoach inn. Visit the adjacent new StoryStudio with its inaugural exhibition, "Alexander Gilson: From Property to Property Owner." The exhibit tells the remarkable story of Montgomery Place gardener, Alexander Gilson, an African-American slave who, after being freed, stayed on as head gardener, eventually opening his own business. Gilson is buried in the Methodist Burial Ground on Cherry Street. View a video presentation by Bard College students, a quilt about Gilson's life made by community quilters, and a display of historic garden artifacts and plants.

The exhibit will be open Tuesdays and Sundays, 1-4 pm, until Labor Day weekend.

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Earlier Event: June 8
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