A bit of river history
Today, I made my regular trip to Sauer farms for a few dozen eggs. While waiting on the front porch as Mrs. Sauer helped another customer, I got into a conversation with Mr. Sauer. He told me about the time when he used to ride the ferry from Saugerties across to Tivoli: “In 1938 or 1939, when we still lived in Quarryville, before we got this place [in Mt. Marion], we’d cross over on the ferry to attend the Dutchess County Fair. We drove down to the point just south of the lighthouse to catch the ferry and cross over the river to Tivioli. Then, we’d drive from there to the fairgrounds.” He said that they drove a loop by returning on the recently-opened Rip Van Winkle Bridge (completed in 1935). The ferry remained in service into the 1940s.