About Hope Farm Press
Hope Farm Press & Bookshop was established in 1959 in Cornwallville, Greene County, New York, by Charles Dornbusch, just before he retired from the New York City Public Library. The buildings and land were originally purchased by his family from the Hope family who had farmed it for years. Thus, it became Hope Farm Press. It was not connected with either the orphanage called Hope Farm, or Father Devine's Hope Farm, both of which were also in the Hudson Valley. Charles Dornbusch ran it as a walk-in and mail-order bookstore for 30 years. He specialized in military history and New York regional interest books. From his interest in the local history of New York's Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain region grew a catalogue of 500 books and pamphlets on New York State, and his remote Greene County Bookshop became the destination of people from all over the world. His death in 1990 left a void in the pursuit of the preservation of our heritage.
When Mr. Dornbusch died in 1990 his heirs (Greene County Historical Society) invited me to participate in a competitive bid for Hope Farm Press. They sold the property separately, and I moved all the books for sale to a building that started out as a chicken coop/garage in my hometown of Saugerties New York. While I continued to operate my book store, Booktrader, on Main Street, I ran Hope Farm as a mail-order, New York State Specialty book selling business. In 1992 I sold Booktrader and opened Hope Farm Bookshop in the hastily converted garage with 300 feet of wooden shelves. My office was squeezed into the coop section with room for 2 computers and printers, and a side room with 8 pallets and 3 steel bookcases for the cases of stock I maintain. It was very cozy and easy to heat. I don't know how I ever lost anything there - but I did!
MORE RECENT HISTORY
The fellow I sold the Booktrader to (in 1992) called me on July 28th, 1997 and told me he was moving to California on August 20th. He asked if I wanted to buy back my old book store in the Village of Saugerties. He knew I was very busy and needed more space. I knew I didn't have time to move my book shop! Anyway . . . when it came down to either no book store in the village or me running Hope Farm Press out of the larger space . . . I bought it back and moved.
AND - STILL MORE RECENT HISTORY
I gave away Booktrader on 1/1/2009 and opened Hope Farm Press & Bookshop on Jane Street (the street behind my old shop.) It was still in the Commercial and Historic Business District, and just a half block off Partition Street.
THE FINAL WORD
The 15 Jane Street "book shop" (more of an office now) is no longer open to the public. It is now officially closed. I sold my inventory and am not adding new titles to the list. Only my 25 in-print titles remain for sale as I actively seek a new owner to propel this 60+ year book publishing company into the future. Follow the link above to see my other book titles for sale. Thank you all for years of support, comfort, and community.
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