A nonprofit support group, Friends of Coleman Station Historic District Inc., was immediately formed, with a membership of interested people from in and outside the district. Key to the mission of Friends was “to strengthen the values of historical preservation and sustainable agriculture” in the area. Toward this, Friends established and maintains a Heritage Garden of native flowers, bushes, and tress north of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail’s Coleman Station Parking lot; helped the Oblong Rural Cemetery’s board restore the district’s cemetery, where members of the hamlet’s founding families are interred; held a 20th anniversary celebration of the designation for history fans in the tri-state area; and in 2020 put together a small exhibition of the history of the Coleman Station area, from its indigenous inhabitants to the near present, for display at the Irondale School House in Millerton.
In support of sustainable agriculture, open space, and a farm life that’s rewarding, Friends and its members engage in a variety of community activities, interact with mutually supportive nonprofits, and represent the Historic District during key governmental initiatives such as the Town of North East’s 2019 revision of its comprehensive plan. As a result of the latter effort and other sources of input, the revised North East Comprehensive Plan plainly states an abiding commitment to open space, diverse agricultural businesses, and a healthy natural environment in which they can flourish.
Friends of Coleman Station Historic District Inc. can reached by mail at P.O. Box 335, Millerton, NY 12546-0335.