The next Wild Saturday program at John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge will be a bit tamer than most, and will focus on the history of Roxbury where the famed naturalist was born and raised.
The August 2 talk, “Around Roxbury,” will feature Town Historian Anthony Liberatore and native Roxbury resident Dan Underwood speaking from the rustic front porch of Woodchuck Lodge. The program begins at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by Claude Lutz, Inc. of Prattsville.
Bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy the informal presentation on the lawn at the Lodge, located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Rd. Follow the signs from NYS Route 30 just north of the hamlet of Roxbury.
Liberatore, with wife Lynette, are authors of Around Roxbury, a pictorial history of the Delaware County town on the East Branch of the Delaware River. They will be on hand to sell and sign copies of the book following the presentation, and will have a display of postcards and photographs.
The talk will touch on many aspects of Roxbury’s 200 years of history following settlement by émigrés from New England and the Hudson Valley. Those settlers included John Burroughs’ grandparents who established the homestead where John was born in 1837. The homestead is just up the road from Woodchuck Lodge, a farmhouse his brother built in 1862 that became John’s sanctuary during the last ten summers of his life (1910-1920).
Visitors are invited to tour the rustic farmhouse before or after the program. The Lodge is open for free tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on the first weekend of every month through October. “Wild Saturdays” is a series of free nature, music and history programs held on those Saturdays. The next program, to be held September 6, is “What Happened to the Passenger Pigeon?,” a talk and exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the bird’s extinction.
For more information, call 845-254-6025, or visit www.woodchucklodge.org.