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Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, New-
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NEWBURGH AND THE WAR OF THE REVOLUTION. NEWBURGH is pleasantly situated on the village. This arrangement furnishes I the western bank of the Hudson, the inhabitants with water preferable to sixty miles from New York, having a the Croton of New-York ; while the atrapid communication with that city, and, tractiveness of the place is increased by by the Erie Railroad, with the Great the salubrity of the air, and the beauty West. It received its name from its of the surrounding scenery. first settlers, who were Germans, and One of the finest views of Newburgh who, after surveying the present site of and its vicinage is from Beacon Hill, a the town, about the year 1719, aban- | lofty peak on the opposite side of the doned it for some reason unknown. river, and not far from the village of These were followed by a mixed popula- | Matteawan. tion that completed what their predeces- A party started, early one morning in Surs had planned. About six miles to the July, to make this exhilarating though west is a fine sheet of water, called Or toilsome ascent. Five romantic young ange Lake. The old name, which is men, we had an idea that a sunrise view more beautiful, was Bennin Water. from Beacon Hill would be a very pleasThree miles west of the town is a small ant affair. However, we saw a sunrise lake, called Little Pond, from which water on the Hudson. is brought by an aqueduct for the use of | Such a scene is, nevertheless, worth
the attention of a student of nature. As distinctly seen. The mountain ranges I gazed from the Newburgh shore, in the of distant states bear the horizon on their morning twilight, a slight trembling of tops; and the magnificent Hudson, now the glassy waters showed the approach of revealed in his windings among the hills, dawn. It was like a gentle breeze, but has dwindled down to a creek. At the it was not that; it was only a breeze of south, toward Cold Spring, and below light, the first faint harbinger of day. West Point, a part of the river appears Then, as the vanishing and swelling radi- like a lake among the mountains. To ance fell on the waters, the face of the complete our enjoyment, a most excellent river blushed, and glowed like the cheek spy-glass, which one of our company had of beauty under the conflict of hope and brought, revealed the people in the streets fear. During this struggle for the mas of Newburgh, some going up Western tery of light over darkness I was thrilled Avenue, displaying their white shirt with an indescribable emotion,-a convic sleeves, and others, more genteelly, under tion of the sublimity of morning. I the shade of umbrellas, showing that it thought of the creation, the resurrection, must have been extremely warm down and the judgment, and murmured, with there, while we were enjoying a delicious involuntary rapture,
coolness from our elevated position. It “Hail, holy Light! offspring of Heaven first born, is said that Beacon Hill received its name Or of the Eternal co-eternal beam,
at the bloody baptism of the Revolution. May I express thee unblamed ? Since God is On its iron top was kindled the beacon
light, And never but in unapproached light
fire that roused the valley of the Hudson, Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee,
and gave to the inhabitants, far at the Bright effluence of bright essence increate.” north, the intelligence that the foe was It was a daring flight of the prince of
advancing up the river. Here, like a poets when his powerful imagination
column of fire, it rose in the gloom of the soared into the spirit-world and suggested
darkening heavens, an appropriate symbol
of war. the possibility of light co-eternal with God.
After lingering some time on this We glided easily over the river in a
| dreamy spot, we descended to where a small boat, and, after a short drive, found
road, branching off, led to another peak,
called the North Beacon, and not so high ourselves climbing the side of the moun
as the South Beacon. Here the view, tain. First, we rose along the side of a
though not so extensive, is more picturdeep ravine, winding, ascending, and
esque. The little town of Matteawan climbing, till we came into a more even path, hemmed in by mountain peaks.
nestles at the base of the mountain, near Then appeared the South Beacon at our
enough to enable us to see clearly the right, still at a distance. Our way now
movements of the people, and the dwellbecame more intricate, as we struck off
ings, arranged as on a map, and to hear into the woods, guided by a few marked
the hum of life wasted up among the songs trees. After losing our way once or
of birds and the music of the trees. twice, our persevering guide at length
| From this position the increasing heat brought us to the summit in safety.
of the sun warned us to retire, and, after Campbell has felicitously sung,
a hasty descent, we fell in with a stage
coach going to the river, reached the “ 'T is distance lends enchantment to the view, ferry-boat just at the right time, and And robes the mountain in its azure hue.”
parted from each other in Newburgh as This charm of Beacon Hill was gone ; but tired and happy a set of men as ever another “enchantment," deeper, wider, reached home in safety. grander, seized the soul. The feeling of One of the most beautiful spots in the awe was such as almost to lead me to fall vicinity of Newburgh is the residence of prostrate, with my face upon the rock-that Mr. Philip A. Verplanck, an engraving alone seemed capable of dispelling the of which heads this article. This beauillusion that there was indeed some dan tiful retreat is reached by a road that ger of being dragged into the gulf beneath. descends through a small dell, and winds The view on every hand is inspiring. up a slight hill, with meadows sloping off In the distance, Poughkeepsie, with its at each side. Murderer's Creek comes towers and white-walled cottages, can be in at the right, and the river, with Pollo
pel's Island, is in front. The house stands the chevaux-de-frise stretching across the on a high, but level plot of ground, com- channel of the river to Pollopel's Island. manding a fine view north and south. These fortifications, being in the woods, When seen from the top of Snake Hill, and so near the water's edge, have esthis estate has the appearance of a green caped the plow, that great leveler of the inound crowned with a wreath of groves. monuments of war. A portion of the cheOn the steep bluff across the creek is vaux-de-frise is to be seen at Washing“ Idlewild," the villa of N. P. Willis, who ton's head-quarters in the village. has written some of the loftiest strains of Opposite Verplanck's, on the other side our American poetry. Newburgh is also of the river, is Break-Neck Mountain, favored with the residence of J. T. Head- which possesses some interest from its ley, the author of “ Washington and his having had a resemblance to the human Generals," “ Napoleon and his Marshals," countenance. This curious formation was and of several other popular works. Mr. called Turk's Face, and could be easily Headley lives, in classic retirement, about seen from the deck of a steamboat when a mile south of the village. At the west approaching Pollopel's Island. A sad of Mr. Verplanck's, situated in a glen, is catastrophe befell Turk's nose. A coman old house, formerly the head-quarters pany were quarrying near by for granite, of General Lafayette. At Plum Point, near when a jolly Irishman put a blast of powthe shore of the river, are still to be seen, in der before the Turk’s face, saying, rather good preservation, the embankments of a mischievously, he thought the old fellow battery of fourteen guns, intended to protect would like to have his nose blowed. And,
sure enough, his nose was blowed; but so Gorseline, from the original picture. violently that it was broken off, and has | May the same hand that has preserved to never been seen since. As the story runs, us the portrait of this man of the rock the poor Irishman was himself, shortly long hold the pencil, that beneath his after, blown up and killed. The admirers touch the scenes of our beautiful Hudson of the curious and beautiful will be half may glow on the canvas ! inclined to believe that this man was hur- Among the objects of greatest interest ried from the world as a punishment for in Newburgh may be mentioned the old his wanton destruction of the works of stone house, where Washington had his nature. The picture here given is be-head-quarters during the stay of the army lieved to contain the only representation at New-Windsor. This house is now the of Turk's Face now in existence. It was property of the state of New York. The painted by Tice, and daguerreotyped by small windows, the antiquated piazza, and
the long steep roof, render it a very suita- | tainly the very thing that must have acble monument of the Revolution. The corded with Washington's ideas of Virstranger is greeted at the entrance by a ginia comfort and hospitality. Here, too, lady whose duties, assigned her by the around the blazing fire, stood the officers state, are performed with much urbanity. who supported our noble chief. Here The room used as Washington's parlor is Knox, as true as steel, and Wayne, with small, but neat, and in plain old style. A lion heart, stood and talked of Arnold's feeling of awe begins to pervade the mind treachery, and of the hope and daring of even here. You pass into the dining our gallant men. And here, too, is the room. The old Dutch fire-place, with its old black-walnut table, around which they high, massive jambs—its fue, broad and gathered at the social repast. In the fireample, where you may stand erect, and place hangs a small copper tea-kettle, look straight out at the heavens, is cer- | from which tea has been drawn for Wash