2019 MARKED THE ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM’S
SIXTIETH YEAR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE
In 2019 the Museum successfully secured funds to paint the exterior of the building and restore the two historic porches as well as paint the Carriage House. We also secured funding to complete a Cultural Landscape Report of the herb garden. It is hoped that by studying the herb garden area as well as the museum’s archives we can lay the groundwork for restoring this important interpretive feature of the Zadock Pratt Museum site.
We’ve raised $133,960 to date thanks to generous support from the Nicholas J. Juried Family Foundation, A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and Preservation League of New York State.
Next, we will begin Phase II of our capital improvement plan. We hope to create a permanent exhibit focused on Zadock Pratt: The Man, The Town & The Nation on the Museum’s second floor. While we don’t yet have exact figures for this campaign, we expect it to be in the range of $250,000.
PRATT ROCK PARK
Pratt Rock, known locally as the “Mount Rushmore of the East,” was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. Built between 1842 – 1862, the Rock was originally designed to memorialize Pratt’s life. The carvings on the Rock depict Zadock Pratt, his son George, a horse, a hemlock tree, the tannery, the Pratt coat of arms, a wreath with the names of two of Pratt’s children, and an arm raising a hammer. The monument became a memorial dedicated to George, after George died in the Civil War in 1862. The Pratt Rock Park, an early 19th century pleasure park, also included an early use of Far Eastern terraced gardening influenced by Pratt’s visit to Korea in the late 1830s.
In May 2019 the Town of Prattsville approved $27,700 to restore the Pratt Rock Park and make it more accessible to the public. Internationally renowned landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh was invited to present a concept plan for the restoration of the park at the Town Board meeting in October last year. The plan, which was enthusiastically received, re-envisions the park as a contemporary 21st century “pleasure park” with enough restoration elements of Pratt’s original park to preserve its historic significance.
The Museum is working closely with the Town of Prattsville and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates on this important restoration project. We need $70,000 to complete Phase I, cleaning and restoration of the historic rock sculptures. Get in touch to make a donation.
Amos Hamlin II: An American Portraitist
This exhibit, originally scheduled for 2020, will bring together the work of Amos Hamlin II, a 19th century itinerant portrait painter who lived and worked primarily in Greene and Schoharie counties. Each of his paintings has a story to tell, offering a glimpse into the early history of the northern Catskills and the fledging American republic. Painting from both public and private collections showcase his significant contribution to early American portraiture.