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Lexington: Mountain, Creek, Art
57 reviews
· West Kill, New York
31 acres
4 sites
4 Tent
Lexington Arts + Science was formerly home to Ensemble Studio Theatre (late 1990s, 2000s); Arts Awareness (1980s and 1990s); Lexington Conservatory Theater (1960s, 1970s); Lexington Center for the Performing Arts (1950s). The land, likely deforested and used as a dairy farm in the late 1800s, was converted around 1880 to a mountain resort for New Yorkers seeking fresh air and an escape from crowded conditions of New York City. This time marked the beginning of railroad era resort architecture, of which the Lexington House overlooking the river and the bridge is a rare surviving example. The farmhouse itself with its configuration of many small rooms and additions harkens back to a time when extended families shared a single home, pre-dating the more modern concept of nuclear families. The property has been the site of countless theater events, performances of every type, weddings, art exhibitions and social gatherings, serves as a backdrop for the 1995 PBS film “The Loss of Nameless Things” and is home to the installation artwork “Schoharie Creek Field Station” by renowned artists J Morgan Puett, Mark Dion and Bob Braine. 2020 featured the installation artwork “Betty Shortbus” by @Lex (spring), the inception of the pop-up Market at Lexington House (summer weekends), and the beginning of our artist-in-residence (artist in resistance?) with the welcoming of a filmmaker (TBA). Our region is known as the mountaintop region of the catskillss, which is why most of the ski areas are concentrated here. The temperatures tend to be consistently 10° cooler then in the city of New York. Catskill Park, established in the mid 20th century protected the region from irresponsible land-use. Our watershed region is carefully monitored by NYC’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which wields police power and also owns a lot of land nearby, thereby guaranteeing that New York City’s water stays clean. Despite the fact that some of the largest natural gas deposits in the world lie below the Catskills, we are proud that fracking and mining activities are banned. The priceless treasure is right before your eyes, and available to all your senses, in the form of wild country, clean waterways and pristine air. We are honored to steward and share this uniquely beautiful place with you. Please know that by staying with us you are supporting Lexington Arts + Science’s mission of Fostering Creativity, Conservation and Exploration of Nature Through the Arts and Science. We invite you to participate in this ongoing, large scale creative endeavor, more at our website, LexArtSci.com
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West Kill, New York, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Alejandro R.Joined in November 2017
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 11 hours
55 Ratings · 57 reviews
Sarah J.
September 17, 2022
Catskills Mountain/Creek/Forest
There is a nice plot of the land behind the house to camp on. Most of the grass is on a hill so there's only one spot you can really camp on. We had hoped to hang a hammock but the trees in the surrounding area have too many bushes. Also, you can kind of see people at the yard from the campsite. Overall a nice experience and a great spot if you want to bring a dog but not super private.
Zeming L.recommends
August 9, 2022
Catskills Mountain/Creek/Forest
Having access to the farmhouse while camping was a really nice experience.
Sydni M.recommends
June 24, 2022
Catskills Mountain/Creek/Forest
Lovely stay for camping with pets! Alex was so friendly and answered all our questions.
Kelsey R.
May 16, 2022
Catskills Mountain/Creek/Forest
Beautiful site! Would recommend making sure you fully understand the written directions for accessing the site before you go. It isn’t completely private as use of the field is shared but it is a great spot, great value, and would definitely recommend.
Clayton R.recommends
January 17, 2022
Catskills Mountain/Creek/Forest
Great pice, great spot, enjoyed Alejandro hosting me for some very cold winter camping!
Tim N.
November 1, 2021
Catskills Mountain/Creek/Forest
Nice grassy area with a decent view. Pathway was a little muddy from the recent rain
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