Park photo by Alex Wade. Mum photo inserts by Joy Moore.
"A park, a breathing place, open and free at all times to every person." In deeding this property to the Village in 1909, John Seamon's insight has kept Seamon Park a mecca of tranquility in today's high-tech society.
The Park is the site of the Mum Festival, held the first Sunday of October. This highly anticipated event, which was begun at this site in 1965, ushers in a month of leisurely strolls along paths lined with fall plantings, interspersed with thousands of rainbow-hued chrysanthemums. The festival features varied music: chamber, country, and Sousa marches. There are Colonial demonstrations, an art show, live animals, and puppets. The Mum Queen and her Court distribute mum corsages.
Picnic tables and stone fireplaces built by Camp Fire Girls are adjacent to a playground area. A gazebo allows privacy for reading and writing; park benches afford spectacular views of the Village, the Catskills to the west and the setting sun. Cast bronze fountains and flowering shrubs and trees enhance the natural beauty of the site. In front of the park stands the Children's Statue, purchased with pennies collected by children many years ago.
Seamon Park is the site where a sawyer operated a mill in 1652-1663 on a stream that forms the northern boundary of the park. An original wheel can still be seen near the site. School children donated pennies to purchase the "boy and girl under an umbrella" fountain near the front gate. A bronze tiered fountain on the upper level, circled with flowers, is a favorite location for wedding pictures and ceremonies.
In the winter, George Terpening and his Parks & Recreation crew, along with Saugerties Kiwanis Club volunteers, transform the park into a holiday lights spectacular.
Pavers for Posterity
Want your name or the name(s) of loved ones on a brick paver that's part of a beautiful walking path surrounding the Children's Fountain at Seamon Park, near the 9W/Finger Street entrance to the park? Whether you live in Saugerties or are an occasional visitor to one of the loveliest Parks around, each future visit to the park will be made that much more meaningful if you can stop by the fountain and point out the paver that holds your special message.
Click on the link under "Documents" below and you can get more information about Seamon Park, the mums that make Seamon Park so beautiful and the paver program. Best of all, you can use a handy order form to order your paver or pavers as a nice present to yourself, to others, or as a nice remembrance.
If you are interested in using the park facilities for wedding pictures, please contact the Village Clerk, 845-246-2321, extension 1.