A Home in the Country-Fresh Air Booklet

A Home in the Country, Tomkins Cove, New York

PAL is pleased to announce our newest publication, "A Home in the Country, Tomkins Cove, New York. The Fresh Air Association House of St. John the Divine Historic and Archaeological District.” The Fresh Air movement emerged in the late 19th century to provide disadvantaged children living in overcrowded and polluted cities an opportunity to escape to the countryside and spend time outdoors for a few weeks during the summer. Over time hundreds of Fresh Air facilities were established in the hinterlands surrounding the urban centers of the Northeast.

The Fresh Air Association House of St. John the Divine Historic District, which encompasses the remains of an orphanage and fresh air facilities, is one of the few such places that archaeologists and architectural historians have had a chance to study. “A Home in the Country” provides background about the Fresh Air movement and describes the history of the site through some of the more than 5,000 artifacts that were discovered during archaeological investigations conducted by PAL in 2013-2014.

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