Author Byars to visit Roxbury library
Published 12:00 am, Sunday, March 4, 2018
Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury will present a program with author David Byars March 10 at 5 p.m.
Byars’ book, “Our Time at Foxhollow Farm,” is a pictorial history of an eminent Hudson Valley family in the early decades of the 20th century.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
“I created the book to satisfy an urge that I had to do something fun and historic, and at the same time show the way of life of a family of a bygone era,” said Byars, who joined the nonprofit group Hudson River Heritage in 2008.
Illustrated with nearly 400 photos from the family’s extensive collection of personal albums, it provides insight into the regional, social, and architectural history of the era.
In 1903, Tracy Dows married Alice Townsend Olin. Dows purchased and combined several existing farms to establish his 800-acre estate, Foxhollow Farm.
The house and other buildings on the property were designed by Harrie T. Lindeberg, trained by the pre-eminent firm McKim, Mead & White, and set in a landscape designed by the Olmsted Brothers.
The Dowses raised their three children on the estate, and led a busy social life of tennis tournaments, weddings, dinners, and dances with such friends and such neighbors as the Roosevelts and the Astors.
Tracy Dows, an avid amateur photographer, devoted himself largely to the pursuit of agricultural and civic affairs at home and in the Rhinebeck community.
“Our Time at Foxhollow Farm” follows the Dows family from 1903 through the 1930s, documenting their life at home, social activities, and travels in America and Europe, and offering a perspective on privileged early 20th-century American life.
Byars is the deputy managing editor of Vogue, where he has worked for 18 years.
He was raised in Louisiana, where the antebellum plantation houses along the Mississippi River first sparked his interest in history and architecture.
A graduate of Louisiana State University, he moved to New York City in 1982 and lives in the historic Bronx neighborhood of Spuyten Duyvil, overlooking the Hudson River.
He is a board member of Hudson River Heritage, a nonprofit organization in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and a member of the Dutch Treat Club, a writers’ and artists’ organization founded in 1905.
For information, call the South Street library, at 860-350-2181.