Local author Mac Jewett has published her book The Jewett Family Farm in New Paltz, NY. New Paltz was settled by the French Huguenots who had been persecuted in France and sought refuge in the Rhine area of Germany before coming to North America in 1677. Seeking land, they had to purchase property from the Esopus Indians. They were then able to apply for a land grant in the area,, which was granted by the Colonial Governor in New York City. Application was granted and the 12 Huguenot families started building this new settlement. It was governed by the 12 families and named New Paltz in 1728.
The purchase of the family farm after five generations of Hasbroucks, the property was opened for public purchase in 1906. The Jewett family bought the 100 acre farm in 1919 and it has been in the family to this day.
The book is about farm life in the ‘20s through history and culture of the Depression, war, post-war, cultural changes of the ‘60s and ‘70s plus the changes of the ‘80s and ‘90s which prepared the country for the dynamic 21st century.
Mac Jewett is a retired professor from SUNY (State University New York) in New Paltz. Dave Jewett was an owner of wholesale/retail dairy products and daughter Jennifer is a writer. Mr. and Mrs. Jewett have been residents of Sun Lakes for 35 years.
Both the book and ebook are available on Amazon or call Mac at 895-0570.