Have you ever noticed that the gates to the Snyder Estate, home to the famed Widow Jane mine in Rosendale, look a lot like the Brooklyn Bridge?
Well, it's not an accident! The gates were built by the Snyder family to evoke the fabled structure in honor of the role Rosendale cement played in its construction. This natural limestone cement was used in many historic structures of the 19th century, including the Erie Canal, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, the Capitol, the NYS Thruway, the Croton Aqueduct, and of course, the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Century House Historical Society , a non-profit group run by volunteers who maintain the estate property and the on-site museum, needs your help to fix the gate!
The columns are in disrepair and the stones need to be re-sealed as soon as possible. We would also like to replace the broken amber glass in the lanterns atop the columns.
Your donations will go directly toward the $1,500 needed to reseal the columns and fix the lanterns. Any additional funds will go toward ongoing maintenance of the Snyder Estate property and its structures.
Thank you for your help in keeping this important historical structure intact!
The Century House Historical Society Board of Trustees,
Henry H. Lowengard
- David Murray
- John Gillerman
- Robert Furniss-Roe