Cedar Hill used the Hudson to keep cool

Lifelong Cedar Hill resident Dawn Pratt said her hamlet was once the center of Bethlehem, and she recalled her experiences at the one-room schoolhouse as well as the neighborhood itself.

"Cedar Hill was a bustling little town with stores and gas stations, restaurants and the hotel there were all summer homes along the river," she said. "It was a nice little village. That's where people would go for quick things instead of Albany."

Pratt is now a member of the Bethlehem Historical Association and she gives tours inside of the old school house on Sundays from 2 until 4 p.m. This year the museum will be open until Oct. 25 in honor of the Hudson River Quadricentennial and its own 150-year anniversary.

Pratt's family moved to Cedar Hill in 1794, she said, and her grandfather worked at the ice houses along the Hudson. As for the school house she said two school teachers served the school house for about 20 years each, but it was the substitute teacher that was the stickler.

"Verona Clapper was the substitute teacher and you couldn't get anything past her," Pratt joked. "A lot of the people who went to the school had the same teachers for quite a while."

The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at 1003 River Road, Selkirk.


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