A Walk Through Woodbury

Episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4 – MyPodcasts by Alex Prizgintas

Welcome to MyPodcasts!

New! In A Woodbury MInute!

Hi, I’m Alex, and “In A Woodbury Minute,” I’ll take you on a brief guided tour of our community here in the Hudson Valley.

Episode Six: Behind the Scenes with Green Screens

A subscriber asked how I was able to superimpose myself within a photograph of the Central Valley railroad station. Watch as we go behind the scenes to discuss how I use my green screen as a special effect to make discussions of local history more educational and entertaining. I enjoy reading your comments and feedback, so make sure to like this video and subscribe for more tours of our local history!

Episode Five: Central Valley’s Train Station

When the Erie Railroad entered the town of Woodbury in 1869, it greatly influenced local developments of industry and tourism. Companies such as J. M. Barnes Coal & Feed as well as the Hall Fishing Line plant all benefitted from the railroad’s service while passengers flocked to Woodbury to stay at local hotels and bungalow colonies. The Central Valley passenger and freight stations are the final two remaining railroad structures in Woodbury that reveal this crucial history.

Episode Four: Our Public Schools

Spanning nearly two hundred years, the hamlets of Woodbury Falls, Highland Mills, Central Valley, and Twin Lakes (also known as Baileytown which is now part of Harriman State Park) all have a long, interesting, and at times, confusing history. Each had its own one-room schoolhouses that would either grow or later merge with other hamlets. Learn how it all began in this episode of “In A Woodbury Minute.”

In Episode Three of “In A Woodbury Minute,” I explore some remnants of our disappearing history. These are only two of a growing list of relics that have been lost to time and their historical impacts, both locally and regionally, are astounding.

Episode Two: Ethan Dodds

Episode One shows you the Rushmore Memorial Library, donated by the very same Rushmore whose iconic name conjures the image of the four presidents carved in stone. The Rushmore family had their home in Woodbury in the hamlet of Highland Mills. Today, the library serves as the home for the Woodbury Historical Society.

Welcome to MyPodcasts! A Walk Through Woodbury

Join Alex Prizgintas and his father as they unearth the local history of Woodbury, NY, in A Walk Through Woodbury, which encompasses the hamlets of Central Valley, Highland Mills and the forgotten Woodbury Falls. Learn about when the region had more cows than residents, when Jewish Bungalow Colonies brought many summer visitors, when the railroad first came to town, and the many famous people who once called this place their home.

Introduction to MyPodcast

MyPodcast Episode 1: The Forgotten Dairies of Woodbury

Travel Back to the era when the sights of farmland and dairy cattle were endless in every direction. Orange County has long been known for its superior agriculture, and milk became its “cash crop” after Thaddeus Selleck, the Erie Railroad’s station agent at Chester, NY, first shipped milk by train to New York City in 1842.

My Podcast by Alex Prizgintas: Episode 1

MyPodcast Episode 2: The Jewish Bungalow Colonies of Woodbury

My Podcast by Alex Prizgintas: Episode 2

Today, the Woodbury Common outlet mall draws in millions of eager shoppers to Woodbury but this is not how the region was once seen to tourists. Once the railroad came to Woodbury in 1869, the area’s resort and bungalow colony industry took shape. 

My Podcast Episode 3: When The Railroad Came to Woodbury

My Podcast by Alex Prizgintas: Episode 3

Today, residents of Woodbury may be familiar with the Metro-North Railroad’s station located off Route 17. Although named as the “Harriman Station,” it is, in fact, within the town of Woodbury and the region’s closest railroad station. However, there was a time when the Harriman station was not only somewhere entirely different but Woodbury itself had three railroad stations of its own. When the Erie Railroad opened their branchline, the “Newburgh Shortcut,” in 1869, it ignited an era of prosperity in this region from growths in summer tourism to manufacturing booms. Join me along with guests Robert McCue, Walt Stanfield, and David Lewis in uncovering this rich history of railroading.

My Podcast Episode 4: Famous Residents

My Podcast by Alex Prizgintas; Episode 4

When my dad and I sat down to start working on Episode Four of Famous Residents, we really didn’t think the list would be long. Sure, we had a few well known and highly respected individuals whose reputation towered, but we certainly did not think it would amount to the more than twenty that we discovered! This little community has certainly out done itself in being a haven for some pretty impressive names. And the diversity of their achievements are also amazing. So join me, Walt Stanfield, Leslie Rose, and my dad as we discuss the who, where, and why of our famous Woodbury residents.