Captain Schoonmaker's

Bed and Breakfast

History

Captain Frederick Schoonmaker

Captain Frederick Schoonmaker

Our inn's namesake, Captain Frederick Schoonmaker, was a Revolutionary War hero who built the Stone House in 1760. According to the Schoonmaker Family Association, a group of descendants who compiled and recorded a history of the Schoonmaker family, the stone house was all that remained of the Captain's land after the war.

History says that Captain Schoonmaker lost all his money through supporting the war and was never reimbursed by Congress. Captain Schoonmaker's has served as historic landmark and a bed and breakfast for more than 30 years. For more information on Captain Schoonmaker and the stone house, read the passages below, copied from the Schoonmaker Family Association, Descendants of Hendrick Jochemsz Schoonmaker (1624-1683) Part One (1974).
 
A huge granite boulder on the crest of the hill in Coxing Cemetary between HIgh Falls and Stone Ridge carries a bronze plaque with the simple epitaph:

CAPT. FREDERICK SCHOONMAKER
ULSTER COUNTY PATRIOT
WHO GAVE HIS ALL
TO THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM

This was erected after 1920 by his descendant Oliver J. Schoonmaker.
The story of one of the family's greatest heros might best be told by quoting an article from the Kingston Weekly Freeman of August 6, 1985:

"Of the many whose name deserves a prominent place in the history of Ulster county, none have a better claim than that of Captain Frederick Schoonmaker, one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War."


Inn's Namesake

Inn's Namesake

Our inn's namesake, Captain Frederick Schoonmaker, was a Revolutionary War hero who built the Stone House in 1760. According to the Schoonmaker Family Association, a group of descendants who compiled and recorded a history of the Schoonmaker family, the stone house was all that remained of the Captain's land after the war. History says that Captain Schoonmaker lost all his money through supporting the war and was never reimbursed by Congress. Captain Schoonmaker's has served as historic landmark and a bed and breakfast for more than 30 years. 

 

[Artist rendition of Stone House & Barn, Left, by Carol Schultz]


About  The Innkeeper

About The Innkeeper

Robyn Smith, actress, screenwriter, former co-owner of the Shadowland Theater, daughter-in-law and former creative executive of Ann Margret, originally from Oxford, England finally settled down in one location at 913 Route 213 in High Falls as the new owner and operator of Captain Schoonmaker's Bed & Breakfast.

Smith is no stranger to the hospitality industry as her parents had a B&B in Oxford and her grandparents ran an Inn in Wales. “It's in my blood,” she said. “Not everyone can do this – but it’s a charming lifestyle and the people that stay are appreciative of the house and the history.”

Smith explained how the home is so ancient with a certain magic to it. “I felt it was my sacred duty to care for it.” With her background in theater, she expressed how the house had a story to tell and she intended to bring it to life with some theater. “Old buildings are a great backdrop for performances.”

Beyond the bed and breakfast, she will also offer celebrations of one kind or another. And though you can find her whizzing around the kitchen, the guest rooms in the 1760 Stone House or the 1810 Carriage House and on the grounds of scenic location with its mountain trout stream and waterfall, she also looks to the home as a place of relaxation and reflection. “The Historical Marker on the property states it was a place of refuge during the Revolutionary War and it is definitely my place of refuge as I enter this new stage of my life,” said Smith.

[The above excerpts are from an article published in the Blue Stone Press
written by reporter, Donna Cohn Viertel]