Dick and Betty Davenport
Kathy Cairo Davis
Sue Ellen Sheeley
High Falls Fire Department
Book Cover Image: “An Ulster County Waterfall – High Falls”
William Rickarby Miller, 1873
Courtesy, The New York Historical Society
THE HIGH FALLS CONSERVANCY IS A MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION
The High Falls Conservancy is a MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION, open to all residents and friends of High Falls and would like to support the mission of the Conservancy.
Preserve the Past - Protect the Present – Plan for the Future
For the hamlet of High Falls, NY
HIGH FALLS TURNS 350 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR AND WE ARE CELEBRATING!
The High Falls Conservancy is coordinating a series of events to celebrate this important milestone in our hamlet’s history.
We have created an official bumper sticker for the celebration , which will be available in shops and restaurants in and around High Falls, commencing April 1.
HIGH FALLS ALL TOWN PARADE
A "Slice of Americana"
A perfect sunny June day was the setting for the High Falls 350th Anniversary Celebration Parade, when 39 groups marched, rode, and danced their way down Main Street, to the music of the Rondout Valley High School Marching Band, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians bagpipes and drums. From the fields of The Sheeley House and High Falls International Airport, across the Kathy Cairo Davis Bridge, and down Main Street the Parade proceeded to the applause and cheers of some 300+ onlookers and fans.
Dick and Betty Davenport were the Grand Marshalls of the Parade. On the Reviewing Stand were 27 other High Fallonians, all lifelong residents of High Falls, invited as Honored Guests.
It is impossible to adequately describe the feelings of goodwill and happiness that pervaded the assembly of High Fallonians, families with young children, and visitors from out of town who stopped to see the Parade. From the singing of the National Anthem to the last shiny fire truck in the parade, we THANK all 39 marchers for your creativity, skill, imagination and commitment that were on display. Many hugs and greetings from long time friends were enjoyed on this day, and in the days that followed.
How lucky we all were to experience such an outpouring of love on a sunny Saturday in June, 350 years after the founding of this fair hamlet of High Falls. Happy Anniversary, High Falls!
The Conservancy was honored to have as our float the 1889 Rural Delivery Mail Wagon generously offered by the Williams family, who have carefully guarded this relic from High Falls’ historic past. We decorated our trailer with daffodils to recall the Conservancy’s annual planting of daffodils on Main Street. Our postal “carriers” were Jen Doll, Patsy Dorbandt, Rob King, and Nancy Purdum, who handed out vintage post cards made from photographs in the Conservancy Archives.