Klyne Esopus Museum

Ulster Park, NY

Alton B. ParkerThe distinguished gentleman to the left is Alton B. Parker. The snoozing, nevertheless distinguished-looking, gentledog is Senator.

Judge Alton B. Parker ran against Teddy Roosevelt in 1904 for the Presidency of the United States. Parker declared his candidacy and did much of his campaigning from the porch of his lovely Hudson river home, Rosemont (now a private residence), in the Town of Esopus.

Parker lost. He did not even carry Ulster County. However, he was an important jurist and civic leader serving as the county’s first Bar Association President. He was a great advocate for the peaceful settlement to international problems.

Visit the Klyne Esopus Museum and learn about the campaign of 1904 and the fact that issues in the past 100 years have not significantly changed–campaign finance reform, foreign relations, and more of what we hear today was on the menu for the 1904 candidates to debate.

In addition, the museum’s special exhibit on Parker contains original campaign buttons, posters, music, and photos of him and his family. The museum has prepared a companion book containing color pictures of many of the 1904 elections buttons, ribbons, music sheets, and posters. The book is for sale at the museum.

Also at the museum are displays about other famous Esopus residents, naturalist John Burroughs and human rights advocate Sojourner Truth.



Klyne Esopus is open June–December 4th Friday–Tuesday, 1–4pm.
(845) 338-8109 | www.KlyneEsopusMuseum.org
There is no admission charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Air Conditioned! New terrace is wonderful for a quiet picnic.
764 Route 9W, Ulster Park (the beautiful pink brick church on the hill, just south of El paso Winery and north of Headless Horseman Hayrides)