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BEHOLD! New Lebanon

MapNew Lebanon, NY
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  • New Museum


For such a small town in a far-flung locale — the northeast corner of Columbia County — New Lebanon has always attracted interesting residents. It was the former base of the Shakers in the 19th century, and, today, BEHOLD! New Lebanon, a living museum of contemporary rural life, invites curious visitors from around the world to go behind the scenes at local farms, studios, and workspaces. Guests meet at a welcome center in town, then board a shuttle bus to their program locations, where they learn from rural guides about such topics as dog training, foraging, making farmer cheese, and even costume design. There’s nothing hokey going on here: Guides are not docents in period dress, but real townspeople living real lives. Founded in 2014 by local resident Ruth J. Abram, a historian and social-rights activist who was also the founding president of Manhattan’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the museum is not just educational; it’s also a clever way to promote agri- and eco-tourism.

Best of Hudson Valley History

2015 Editors' Pick — Best New Museum Concept

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Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2015
County: Columbia
Pick: Editors' Picks
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