“The purpose of the Cragsmoor Association, Inc., (CA) is to encourage and assist efforts to conserve, maintain and enhance the scenic, historical, wilderness, wildlife, open space and outdoor recreational values of the physical environment of Cragsmoor and its neighboring regions for the cultural, physical, spiritual and economic benefit of our residents and visitors and to do any other acts or things incidental to or connected with the foregoing purpose or in advancement thereof."
Cragsmoor Association, Inc. is a non-profit incorporated in the State of New York, and a 501(c)3 tax exempt public charity, DLN 17053111365004.
Cragsmoor Association membership is open only to Cragsmoor residents.
Board of Trustees
Kathleen Muldoon, President
Fred Solomon, Vice president
Dick Peters, Treasurer
Hattie Grifo, Secretary
Chuck Davidson, Trustee
Jack Grifo, Trustee
Danielle Solomon, Trustee
Jillian Stanger, Trustee
Karen Wells, Trustee
Cragsmoor Association - A Little History
By Lonnie Coplen, President 2009-2017
With a growing summer population at the turn of the prior century, Cragsmoor was evolving into a sophisticated little community with certain needs and concerns. In 1908, a group of Cragsmoorians banded together and formed the Cragsmoor Improvement Association “to further improvements at and for Cragsmoor, in the way of roads, safety of persons and property, and public regulations,” according to the Cragsmoor Journal.
The Association, headed by Charles Curran, raised money to have new roads built and old ones repaired, and arranged for garbage pickup, road signs and other community services. When the Town of Wawarsing incorporated these services in the late 1940s, the Association disbanded and turned over the balance of their funds to the Cragsmoor Fire Company.
In the late 1970s, the Cragsmoor Inn property, which included Bear Hill cliffs and plateau, was purchased by a real estate developer for the purpose of creating a housing subdivision there. Bear Hill, which was a treasured haunt of the residents of Cragsmoor and surrounding communities, was closed to the public. Limited and conditional access was offered to Cragsmoor residents, but it was clear that an integral part of the soul of the community would change forever.