It was a prize on Wheel of Fortune. It was where people came up every year for a few days or a week to get a taste of country life. It was where friendships and even families were formed. It was where people met and rode a horse for the first time and fell in love with it for the rest of their life.
It was Roseland. Roseland Ranch Resort.
It was… because they tore it down.
July 11, 2012
Done. Done. Done. Flattened!
Up until a few years ago I would drive by and see people splashing in the pool right by the road or going off on a trail ride or skiing, but it was only after Roseland closed and I started Pine Plains Views that I became aware of how much of a following this place off Hunns Lake Road in nearby Stanfordville had. People would write to ask what was going to happen to the property as if I had any information that it was going to reopen. They had a Face Book page and a discussion board on Topix with thousands of messages. After I posted new still pictures there would be a flurry of visitors to PIne Plains Views.
Every day there would be at least one or two visitors to Pine Plains Views to look at Roseland and leave the site without looking at anything else. It was odd.
So, last week when I heard that the cranes and bull dozers had arrived, I went there and finally shot that first video.
Here is where my story started back in 2008. I was driving by Roseland and I saw this sign.
Pine Plains was in an area of summer camps and bungalow communities where people from the City came to get a taste of “country”. It was also the home of the dude ranch, Roseland Ranch, recently closed and now up for sale and development.
It still attracts its own very lively discussion forum on the Internet of people who visited and worked there over several decades. At the moment there are over 3,500 posts!
Update: As of November 17, 2008. I have not been able to get the results of the auction. I don’t think anything happened.
Update: March 8, 2009. I drove by and took some pictures:
Not all that much has changed. The auction sign was taken down. The ranch sign fell, or was taken, half-way down.
It looks so empty. I never knew much about Roseland, but when we drove by there was always activity and people looked as if they came up to have a good time and succeeded. Horses are a major part of my life and I enjoy seeing people introduced to riding and learning to care for horses.
Update: November 1, 2009:
So many people have visited this website just to find out more about Roseland Ranch that I decided to take a little drive this afternoon and shoot some Fall pictures.
Then I went down the road to the main entrance I saw a new For Sale sign:
Update January 22, 2011
After the snow, it’s beautiful but there are no human or horse tracks in the fresh snow….
The sign is still there, the snow is fresh…
Did the cowboy have a name?
The Cowboy Does Not Look Pleased!
No Ski Tracks in the Snow
Not a Horse to be Seen
Not a Person to be Seen Either…
I wish I had more to show and tell the people who have come to Pine Plains Views looking for good news about Roseland. All I can offer them is a warm invitation to explore the rest of the website!
I don’t think Roseland could ever be replaced, but dude ranches still thriving and it may be worth taking a look at DudeRanch.com.
Pine Plains was in an area full of camps and resorts. Right in Pine Plains itself, where the Lions Club is now located, was Camp Stissing Lake. I just discovered that there is an active page on Facebook for Camp Stissing Lake. The site of the camp is like now the public beach where they start the Stissing Sprint Triathalon. Take a virtual tour of Pine Plains on Pine Plains Views.
In the surrounding area are the remains of dozens of summer camps and some are still in business. I hope to bring some stories about them into this website because they were an important part of the history and culture of the community. And who knows? They may become part of its future.
This was the way it was: