Sex, money and ancient documents

From left, Linda Kolts, volunteer; William Tatum III, Dutchess County historian; Dianne McNeil, president, Millbrook Historical Society; and Brad Kendall, Dutchess County clerk, at the February meeting of the Millbrook Historical Society.Photo by Judith O’Hara balfe

MILLBROOK — Dutchess County Historian William Tatum III announced at the beginning of his presentation on ancient documents that it would include tales of sex, violence and money. Really? This talk was supposed to be about the documents of early days in and around Millbrook, in the area called the Oblong. 

But Tatum did not disappoint. His tales contained all that he promised, and wound a spell of intrigue, chicanery and dubious practices — not unlike the politics of today.

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