West Nyack's famous Hill family found a striking subject in nearby Buttermilk Falls,
where the Central Nyack Brook rushes down 30 feet through woods on its way to the Great Swamp. A further significant
fact is that this bit of woodland was involved in a 1908 real estate sale in which the seller--a bearer of the historic
name Polhemus--specified that the gorge was to become part of a small park for the people of the neighborhood.
The Falls, where residents of the Nyacks often picnicked, were at one time the scene of religious services conducted
by Clara Wolverton Gates.
historic photo/drawing of site