Regents Approve New Old Road Society Charter

Old Albany Post Road, looking south from Upland Drive; photo by L.S. Armstrong

The New York State Board of Regents approved the new charter for the Old Road Society of Philipstown at its May meeting in Albany on Tuesday, May 22. The Old Road Society is officially recognized as a historical society under the auspices of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education.

The new charter provisions expand the scope of the Old Road Society to conduct more educational activities and encompass all heritage dirt roads throughout the town. The Old Road Society adopted these changes unanimously at a general meeting in October.

“It is gratifying that the Regents recognize the value and mission of the Old Road Society by enabling these changes,” said Terry Zaleski, president of the Old Road Society.

The Old Road Society was established in 1984 by a group of concerned residents to monitor the impact of increasing development in the area and to ensure that successive residents and travelers could also enjoy the scenic and historic character of Philipstown’s dirt roads. It works in partnership with town officials, other organizations, and community residents to achieve these aims.

The Old Road Society invites community residents to attend a ceremony concerning the Old Albany Post Road to be held outside the Bird and Bottle Inn, an old stagecoach stop, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11.

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