From the Director:
Life before automobiles may be hard to imagine, but
there was a time when horsepower actually referred to the power of
Strawtown Road was once a quiet place with no sounds
louder than the shouts of children and the hooves of horses.
In the early years of the twentieth century, when
this building housed the West Nyack Elementary School, neighborhood
horses often paused in front to drink from a water trough built for
Strawtown Road was paved and widened to accommodate
The trough was covered over and almost forgotten -
but not by everyone.
Bert Dahm attended the old school and remembered the
spot where the trough had once stood. In December, 2005 he dug it up,
and the craftsmen of Jamieson Stoneworks have restored it to full
We think it is a charming reminder of the past.
Come see it the next time you visit the library,
Rita Tavel Fogleman
Bert Dahm uncovers
the horse trough.
The trough is fed
from an underground stream.
Cann, Director Rita Fogelman
and staff member, Vicki Ernst observe the opening.
Adams and Bert Dahm
happily call it a day.