Haunted History & Folktales of Region to be Offered Along with Investigation of Two Presidents Named Roosevelt

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Students can learn about the haunted history and folktales of the Hudson Valley, or investigate the lives of two United State presidents named Roosevelt, thanks to a trio of new non-credit history courses to be offered by SUNY Orange this Fall.

Ghost stories and legends of the Hudson Valley, which is considered one of the most haunted regions in the country, will be featured during the course “The Haunted History & Folktales of the Hudson Valley, Part 1” Among the topics to be covered include Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow; tales of Edgar Allan Poe; and haunted houses, forts, ships and castles. This four-session course will meet from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on successive Saturdays from Sept. 14 through Oct. 5 at the College’s Newburgh campus. Cost is $99.

The Haunted History & Folktales of the Hudson Valley, Part 2” will follow and delve into colorful and interesting haunted tales featuring the Mark Twain House, the Gay Street speak Easy where former New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker kept a mistress and the home where the Howdy Doody creator once resided. Haunted tales of Radio City Music Hall, the Palace Theater and the New Amsterdam Theater will also be covered. This four-session course will also meet from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on four straight Saturdays at the Newburgh campus. The first meeting will be Oct. 26 and the course will conclude Nov. 16. Cost is $99.

Students who register for “The Roosevelts: A Tale of Two Presidents” will learn how both men had ancestral ties to the early Dutch settlers of the Hudson River Valley Region, and how both--one as a Democrat and one as a Republican--left their mark on our nation, the world and the Hudson Valley. Cost is $29 for this one-session class set to meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23 on SUNY Orange’s Newburgh campus.

For more information, contact CAPE at (845) 341-4890 or visit

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