Historian to Speak on ‘Newburgh’s Talented Son’

Andrew Jackson Downing known for landscape and home design

Andrew Jackson Downing

Andrew Jackson Downing

Hudson Valley historian Matthew Colon will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the monthly meeting of the Beacon Historical Society, on Andrew Jackson Downing, the horticulturalist, architect and writer who had a great influence on American culture in the mid-19th century with his books on landscape gardening and home design.

Colon, who is director of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, will explore the career and life of “Newburgh’s talented son.”

The Beacon Historical Society meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except in January and February) at the Howland Cultural Center at 477 Main St. For more information visit beaconhistorical.org.


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