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Shawangunk settlement by white men began, as related elsewhere, about
1680. It was made a precinct in 1709 and attached to New Paltz. It became a separate
precinct in 1743.
At Bruynswick stands the old Dutch Reformed Church, the walls of which date from 1752. The slave gallery with the outside staircase is unusual in our neighborhood.
In 1871 the Shawangunk Mountain was the scene of coal mining operations about a mile southwest of Walker Valley. A small vein was found, but the operations were soon abandoned.
Shawangunk is known for its profitable dairy farms. The Crowell brick mold factory is a prominent one in Wallkill. The Wallkill State Prison, a medium security prison with farm buildings, is located near the village and had 458 inmates in 1940.
The late William E. Bruyn, of Shawangunk, was one of the most prominent men in the country in the crude rubber industry, and was appointed presidential elector for the second time by the Republican party just previous to his death on October 31,1940.
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