While going through images to use in our next exhibit, Through the Lens; a 19th century photographic journey, I came across this early photograph of the New Paltz Academy. This massive building once stood down the road from our offices, where the Town and Country apartments now stand.
The Academy was built in 1832 and incorporated in 1833. It stood until February 29, 1884, when sadly, the building went up in flames.
Historic Huguenot Street, along with the Haviland-Heidgerd Historic Collection and the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz, created a virtual exhibit which chronicles the history of education in New Paltz. The exhibit begins with a document recommending Jean Tebenin as schoolmaster in 1700. You can see the whole exhibit, Education in a Valley Fair, at the Hudson River Valley Heritage website at: http://www.hrvh.org/exhibit/educationvalleyfair/.