An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps, a Vanished Shawangunk Mountain Hamlet
Written by Robi Josephson and Bob Larsen
Well-illustrated history of a small, hardscrabble community in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York’s Ulster County where today’s Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve now lie. From early post-Revolutionary days through World War II, a few hardy families scratched out a living atop the mountain, defying an unforgiving and isolated terrain. For generations they lived off the land, working subsistence farms and harvesting raw materials from the forest and earth, having only each other to rely upon.
Today only a few vestiges of this proud and independent community remain. The rest has vanished along with the way of life that sustained it, but in the pages of this book Robi Josephson and Bob Larsen breathe life into this lost world and the people who once called it home. This long-awaited work tells the remarkable story of the Trapps people and how the hamlet was honored with placement on the National and State Registers of Historic Places the first time New York State has recognized the historic importance of a vanished, hardscrabble community.
|Dimensions||1 x 7 x 10 in|