ABC Education Center
The Friends of Hill Hold and Brick House wish to preserve Amy Bull Crist’s lifelong effort to educate Orange County residents concerning our rich local heritage by building an education center in her name. Amy especially devoted time and energy into educating the children of our county. Amy Bull Crist was named “The First Lady” of Orange County. She was born in 1906 in the Brick Castle in Stony Ford. She grew up working on her family’s farm. She graduated from Middletown High School in 1924. Her career in education began soon after. She devoted over 50 years to education. She began as a teacher in our own Goosetown School which is part of our house tour. Amy became a principal and then the first woman District Superintendent of Schools in Orange County. Amy’s ancestors were William Bull and Sarah Wells whose son, Thomas, built the stone house, Hill-Hold in 1769. In 1969, the house and farm were willed to Orange County and became part of the Thomas Bull Memorial Park. Amy presided as Chairperson of the Friends of Hill Hold and Brick House Museum for many years. The Friends of Hill Hold and Brick House want to keep her memory alive by building a tribute to Amy’s many years of devotion to educating our youth and preserving Orange County’s vast history. The new educational center would be used for visiting school groups for hands on teaching, adult workshops and lectures, a gift shop and ticket sales. This building would provide accessible handicap bathrooms. We cannot envision our future without remembering our past.