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And there the Dutch Reformed Church stands today, excepting Kingston the oldest one in the county. Accord was the old Mombaccus, where first white men saw carved on a sycamore tree the face of a warrior -- a dubious welcome. And so it became, in Dutch slang, "place of the mask."
Scene of pillage and massacre in the French-Canadian War and the Revolution, the valley along the Rondout, nevertheless, kept its hold on its Dutch families, the Hornbeeks, Kroms, Schoonmakers, Rosenkrans and others, and many of their houses remain, little changed. Canal days brought great prosperity and farmhouses found themselves in "ports" with an almost nautical atmosphere. But in 1898 the town was thrown back on agriculture and hotel business. It has prospered well in both.
The Lake Minnewaska mountain houses, started in 1879 by Alfred H. Smiley, twin brother of Albert K. Smiley, of Mohonk, on the summit of Shawangunk Ridge, are nationally known.
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