Old House of Austerlitz: The History and Early Architecture of a Rural New York Town
Written by Thomas H. Moreland
The town of Austerlitz, New York, features an astonishing array of well-preserved old houses from its past as a prosperous farming community. The story of these homes and other buildings is told in this unique book, based on six years of original research. Profiles of every one of the 168 buildings surviving from an 1888 town map are illustrated with historical and current photographs. Also included are a history of the town from the 1750s to 2018, Austerlitz's bicentennial year, and an architectural survey encompassing two centuries.
Interspersed throughout are colorful accounts of the town's old roads and turnpikes, one-room schoolhouses, bygone country life--and the Great Chicken Fire of 1950. You'll also meet the residents of these old houses, past and present, famous and infamous; farmers, artists, storekeepers, preachers, writers, musicians, and even a notorious murderer.
The heritage of this rural New York town endures, cherished by visitors, newcomers, and old-timers alike, and now is captured in the pages of this book.
Published by the Austerlitz Historical Society