To travel through the Hamlet of Roxbury is akin to stepping back to an earlier, simpler time. Much of Roxbury’s architecture, particularly along its stately Main Street, is little changed from the 19th century when many of the building were constructed. Framed by lines of towering maple trees, a drive (or better yet, a stroll) is truly impressive and inspirational.
The interesting mix of architectural styles incorporates everything from understated examples to Greek Revival buildings to elaborate homes illustrative of the late Victorian period.
Among the most notable historic buildings (including several outside the hamlet) are: the First Old School Baptist Church in Denver, the Second Old School Baptist Church, Woodchuck Lodge (summer home of famed naturalist John Burroughs), the Walter Stratton House, the Ulster and Delaware Rail Depot, the Jay Gould Reformed Church and Kirkside Retirement Home.
For a self-guided tour that allows you to explore these and other architectural gems, please be sure to check our “Walking Tours” link.
To ensure the continued authenticity of this remarkable setting the entire Hamlet of Roxbury has earned a designation on the State and National Historic Registers.
Roxbury has also received recognition as a Preserve America Community. This title is bestowed upon communities that protect and celebrate their heritage and use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization.