History On The Road
History On The Road is a television program created by historian Don Rittner that focuses on some of the oldest communities in Upstate New York and learn their history and shares some of the local history mysteries. The first 11 episodes are on The Great Western Turnpike of 1799, the second oldest turnpike in America, that ran from Albany to Cherry Valley about 60 miles to the west (it is now part of Route 20). History On The Road made stops in Guilderland, Duanesburg, Esperance, Sharon Springs, and finally Cherry Valley.
In Sharon Springs, they shot scenes at Adelphi Wallpaper, The Roseboro, the Imperial Baths, Clausen Farms, the Stone House Mansion, the Adler Hotel, and more.
“There is so much history in Sharon Springs that it was a natural place to film, Mr. Rittner said. “You start with the springs and the Native Americans and then the spas and now today…There’s just so much to explore.”
You can see some of the segments below.
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Historical Society President Ron Ketelsen talks with Don Rittner and Justyna Kostek about the history of Sharon Springs and about the Roseboro Hotel, one of the last remaining hotels in Sharon Springs.
Adelphi Paper Hangings owner Steve Larson talks about the history of wallpaper and his cust design wallpaper business in Sharon Springs.
Don Rittner and Justyna Kostek discuss the history of the bathhouse and also contemplate if the Adler Hotel is haunted.
Don Rittner and Justyna Kostek interview Maureen Lodes and Elizabeth Graham regarding the Adler Hotel and owning a business in Sharon Springs.
Don Rittner and Justyna Kostek interview Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz who live in Sharon Springs.
Jazz Singer Veronica Klaus is interviewed by Don Rittner and Justyna Kostek along with Yvonne Gardner of the Clausen Ridge Farm in Sharon Springs.