Herman Melville Park is a private pocket park owned by the Lansingburgh Historical Society located along the Hudson River southwest of the intersection of 1st Avenue and 114th Street.

Photo of cabinet maker's or carpenter's shop town down for Herman Melville Park

Photo of cabinet maker’s or carpenter’s shop town down for Herman Melville Park

"EYESORE YIELDS TO PARK-The barn [sic] in the above picture will soon be replaced by a riverfront park, thanks to efforts of the local Historical Society." Lansingburgh Voice. January 1973. [Shop, not barn.]

“EYESORE YIELDS TO PARK-The barn [sic] in the above picture will soon be replaced by a riverfront park, thanks to efforts of the local Historical Society.” Lansingburgh Voice. January 1973. [Shop, not barn.]

The Meeting of the Lansingburgh Historical Society at the Melville House held on Sept 19th 1973 was called to order by President Broderick.  He opened with a report that the authorized installing of new wiring and new meters has been completed and that the park had been leveled and rolled and planted with grass.  A brick walk from 1st Ave. to a circle walk of brick is nearly complete.  In the center it is proposed to plant an oak tree grown from an acorn of the Witenagemot oak planted at the Peace Council of Indians and white settlers in the year 1676 at Schaghticoke.  The Sec'y report of the annual meeting was read and accepted.  The Treasurer's report from May 18th to Sept.16th was read and accepted, and filed with the minutes.  Receipts of the flea market were $150.99.  Mr Corbin reported the need of more people to work on the house and grounds committee.  He suggested the collection of new items for future porch sales to raise money.  Miss Hoffman reported letters of thanks written to donors of historical items to the Society.  Mr Mc Nally, President of the Waterford Historical Society was asked to speak of a Historical Seminar at their house to assist the State to develop an historical area on Van Schaaick island at the spot where batteries were built to guard the ford of the Mohawk in 1777 at the time of the battle of Saratoga.

The Meeting of the Lansingburgh Historical Society at the Melville House held on Sept 19th 1973

Herman Melville Park

Herman Melville Park

Herman Melville Park as seen from yard of Melville House

Herman Melville Park as seen from yard of Melville House

proposed Landscape Design for Melville Park October 1989 by Richard Stott Anderson

proposed Landscape Design for Melville Park October 1989 by Richard Stott Anderson