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 Annandale-on-Hudson Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

National Historic Landmark, Hudson River estate, views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains,
Things to Do at Montgomery Place, gardens, House Tour, Hiking, Historic Site, Nature trails, Scenic Views, Waterfalls of Saw Kill River | Dutchess Montgomery Place "Historic Site"

914-631-8200 
  Montgomery Place a National Historic Landmark, is an extraordinary 380-acre Hudson River estate with magnificent views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. It is located on historic River Road in the hamlet of Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, just north of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

"The lover of the expressive in nature, or the beautiful in art, will find here innumerable subjects for study. The natural scenery in many portions approaches the character of grandeur, and the foreground of rich woods and lawns, stretching out on all sides of the mountain, completes a home landscape of dignified and elegant seclusion, rarely surpassed in any country" by Andrew Jackson Downing Montgomery Place  "Historic Site" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
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 Beacon Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12508, museum, Hudson River in Beacon, New York, Andy Warhol, gallery, galleries, artists,  Nabisco, historic steel, concrete, glass factory building, model of early-twentieth-century industrial architecture, Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries | Dutchess Dia:Beacon Museum - Riggio Galleries

845-440-0100 
  Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries is located at 3 Beekman Street in Beacon, NY 12508.

From Dia:Beacon: "Dia:Beacon is part of Dia Art Foundation's constellation of sites."

"Occupying a former Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, Dia:Beacon presents Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. Since its opening in May 2003, Dia:Beacon has helped transform the city of Beacon into a vibrant arts destination for visitors from the region, New York City, and beyond." Dia:Beacon Museum - Riggio Galleries | Dutchess  website and more . . .
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 Hyde Park Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12538, home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, FDR, National Historic Site, Visit the Home of FDR, Presidential Library & Museum, Top Cottage retreat, things to do, visiting, family events, kids section, Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hudson River Valley | Dutchess FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site

800-337-8474 
  Click to enlarge photo of Eleanor and FDR at Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site.

Click to enlarge photo of FDR and Eleanor. The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site and home of FDR is located at 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park NY 12538, Dutchess County. Visit the Home of FDR, called Springwood , the lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The following quote famously captures FDR's connection to Springwood.

"All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River." FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site | Dutchess  photos, website and more . . .

12538, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Presidential Library, Museum, History of the FDR Library, Museum, presidential library, President Roosevelt's, Roosevelt, Presidential Libraries Act, President Roosevelt, FDR, Eleanor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt | Dutchess FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library

800-337-8474 
  Click to enlarge Flag Flying in front of Presidential Library.

Click to enlarge photo of Flag Flying in front of Presidential Library. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is located on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site located at4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park NY 12538 in Dutchess County. The Library is easily reached by car, train or plane.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is America's first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. It was conceived and built under President Roosevelt's direction and opened to the public in 1941. FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library | Dutchess  website and more . . .

FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt, FDR Historic Site, National Park Service, FDR creates Civilian Conservation Corps, President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Great Depression, Roosevelt’s Tree Army, New Deal policies | Dutchess FDR, Preserving a President's View

 
 
FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Click to enlarge "Preserving a President's View" (Interpretive sign at FDR Historic Site)

Click to enlarge photo of Preserving a President's View The sign reads:
Preserving a President's View
James Roosevelt purchased a house on 110 acres alongside the Hudson River in1867. Both he and his son, FDR,cherished the vista from the south lawn, which provided the backdrop for many family, community, and political events. Eventually , this view encompassed the Pounghkeepsie Railroad Bridge (1888) and the Mid-Hudson Bridge (1930). FDR, Preserving a President's View | Dutchess  website and more . . .

photo of Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage Landscape, advocate for women's rights, Diplomat, U.S. First Lady, National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, women of 20th-century America, fun things to do with your children this summer | Dutchess Val-Kill Cottage, Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site

800-337-8474 
  Click to enlarge landscape photo of Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage.

Click to enlarge photo of Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage landscape. Eleanor Roosevelt, Diplomat, U.S. First Lady (1884–1962)

Cross over the bridge and pond to Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage at Val-Kill located on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

Eleanor, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, changed the role of the first lady through her active participation in American politics. She gave press conferences, spoke out for human rights, was strongly involved in children's causes, and was a tireless advocate for women's rights. She stood against racial discrimination and traveled abroad to visit U.S. troops during World War II.

The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again. " by Eleanor Roosevelt whom expresses her love for the modest house she called Val-Kill; the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. Val-Kill Cottage, Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site | Dutchess  photos, website and more . . .

12538, National Historic Site, Hudson River Valley, Vanderbilt Mansion, lifestyles of the rich and famous, kids and teachers, planning a visit to the Vanderbilt Mansion, stunning Hudson River, Catskill Mountain views, Vanderbilt Mansion | Dutchess Vanderbilt Mansion "Historic Site"

845-229-7770 
  Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is located at 119 Vanderbilt Park Road, Hyde Park NY 12538, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley.

"Vanderbilt Mansion NHS, in terms of architecture, interiors, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, is a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War. Vanderbilt Mansion was the first home in the Town of Hyde Park to have electricity. Vanderbilt Mansion  "Historic Site" | Dutchess  website and more . . .
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 Poughkeepsie Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

Poughkeepsie | Dutchess Clinton House State Historic Site

845-471-1630 
  Clinton House State Historic Site is located at 549 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602 in Dutchess County. The Clinton House is an 18th century Georgian stone building, named for George Clinton, who served as the first Governor of New York and fourth Vice-President of the United States. Clinton House State Historic Site | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12538, Hyde Park NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Hudson River Railroad, railroading, running models trains, railroad enthusiasts, Iron Horse, station, AMTRAK trains, Empire Corridor Service | Dutchess Hyde Park Station - Museum

 
  The Hyde Park Station, 34 River Road (Riverside Park), Hyde Park NY 12538, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. A station was built at this location around 1851, when the Hudson River Railroad was constructed from New York City to Albany. That structure was torn down and replaced by the current station in 1914. The last regularly-scheduled New York Central passenger train stopped there in 1958. Subsequently the outer two tracks of the four-track "Water Level Route" were removed, and the entrances to the tunnel passage serving the southbound platform were boarded over. Hyde Park Station - Museum | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12601, Historic Site, Poughkeepsie NY, Dutchess County, Samuel Morse, artist, founder of the National Academy of Design, inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code, Hudson River School of Art, Museum Pavilion, hike three miles of trails, Trail Maps, History | Dutchess Locust Grove - Samuel Morse Historic Site

845-454-4500 
  Locust Grove, the Samuel Morse Historic Site, is located at 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Locust Grove was the nineteenth-century country estate of Samuel Morse, the artist, founder of the National Academy of Design, and the inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code. Locust Grove - Samuel Morse Historic Site | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12601State Historic Park, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, nationwide railway network, new state park, Hudson River, history, maps, activities, Poughkeepsie NY Dutchess County, Highland NY Ulster County | Dutchess Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Dutchess

845-834-2867 
  "On October 3, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson opened the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park as a legacy project of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial. The park provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,678 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world." Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park - Dutchess | Dutchess  website and more . . .
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 Rhinebeck Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12572, Rhinebeck NY, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Spad XIII, Aeronca C3, Fleet biplane , Cole Palen's, biplane rides, Museum | Dutchess Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

845-752-3200 
  Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is located at 9 Norton Road, Rhinebeck NY 12572, Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. A great deal has changed here at Old Rhinebeck since a Spad XIII, Aeronca C3 and a Fleet biplane touched down on a thousand feet of dirt and gravel nearly 51 years ago. But Cole Palen's dream and vision lives through it's dedicated staff, volunteers and membership. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12572, Historic Site, Rhinebeck NY, Dutchess County, mid-Hudson Valley, 18th-century, confidante of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,  Miss Suckley traveled extensively with FDR during his presidency, library in Hyde Park, Hudson Valley of New York | Dutchess Wilderstein Historic Site

845-876-4818 
  Wilderstein Historic Site is located at 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck NY 12572, Dutchess County in the mid-Hudson Valley. The history of Wilderstein begins in 1852 with Thomas Holy Suckley's purchase of the river front site, then a sheep meadow of the adjacent late 18th-century estate, Wildercliff . . . Wilderstein Historic Site | Dutchess  website and more . . .
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 Staatsburg Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12580, Staatsburg NY, Mills Memorial State Park, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Dinsmore Public Golf Course, best hiking in the hudson valley, walking, jogging, hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, views of the Hudson River, History | Dutchess Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park

845-889-4646 
  Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park is located at Old Post Road, Staatsburg NY 12580 in Dutchess County. The Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills State Park adjoins Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park and together, comprise more than one thousand acres. Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park | Dutchess  website and more . . .

12580, Historic Site, Staatsburg NY, Ogden Mills, great estate, History, mansion, tours, activities, Things to Do at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Biking, Group Tours, Hiking, Historic House, Winter Activities, Cross-country Skiing | Dutchess Staatsburgh "State Historic Site"

845-889-8851 
  Staatsburgh State Historic Site is located at Old Post Road, Staatsburg NY 12580 in Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley. Staatsburgh is the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills. Sitting atop a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, their house is a fine example of a great estate built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age (1876 - 1917). Also known as the American Renaissance, this period in American history was marked by America's rapid economic growth and emergence as a world power. Darius Ogden Mills, father of Ogden Mills, established the family fortune by investing in banks, railroads and mines. Ogden Mills, like his father, was a noted financier and philanthropist. In 1882 he married Ruth Livingston, whose family had been prominent landowners in the Hudson Valley since the 17th century. In 1890, Ruth Livingston Mills inherited her childhood home and property which had once belonged to her great-grandfather, Morgan Lewis, the third governor of New York State. Staatsburgh  "State Historic Site" | Dutchess  website and more . . .

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Historic Sites in Dutchess County
Historic Hudson Valley
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Dutchess County, one of the ten counties in the Historic Hudson Valley, is located between Putnam County and Columbia County on the east side of the Hudson River. Visit Dutchess where you'll find many historic sites including the exceptional Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

Dutchess County Historic Sites include Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home and Presidential Library, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill cottage, Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site, Montgomery Place Historic Landmark, Wilderstein Historic Site, and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. In addition to history, the Hudson Valley radiates a breathtaking natural beauty and rural character that inspired the Knickerbocker writers, including Washington Irving author of "The Headless Horseman" and the Hudson River School of Art.

The Historic Hudson Valley has been designated a National Heritage Area extending from Albany in the upper-Hudson Valley to New York City, just south of Westchester County in the lower-Hudson Valley. This area contains a rich collection of nationally significant cultural and historical sites that are set against the beautiful landscapes of the valley. The period from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War is well represented.

The Historic Hudson Valley abounds with history. Visit the historic sites where much of American history was made. See historic homes and estates. Experience history as it was lived in the homes of presidents, signers of the Declaration of Independence, and leaders of industry. Go back in time to the American Revolutionary War and walk the battlegrounds that American patriots walked and fought for during the American Revolution.

Plan an educational vacation in the Hudson Valley. Find many fun things to do while experiencing history in the Hudson Valley. Plan the best vacation in the Historic Hudson Valley. Fill your days with history, natural beauty, and art as interpreted and painted by the Hudson River School of Artists. Relax in the breathtaking landscapes that are part of the inherent beauty of the valley.

The Historic Hudson Valley comprises ten counties, and is generally referenced as three geographic areas: the lower-Hudson Valley, mid-Hudson Valley, and upper-Hudson Valley. These counties all bank the Hudson River on either the east or west side of the river. The Hudson River runs through five counties to the east and five counties to the west of the river, as seen in this Hudson River Valley Map.

The mid-Hudson Valley is comprised of Putnam and Dutchess counties on the east side of the Hudson River, Orange and Ulster counties on the west side. Learn about the history of the mid-Hudson Valley by visiting the riverfront estates, art collections, and landscapes in nature.

Dutchess County Historic Sites include
    Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic SiteThe home of Franklin D. Roosevelt is located in Hyde Park NY 12538, Dutchess County on the banks of the Hudson River. Visit the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the only President elected to four terms.

    "All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River. " FDRThe above quote captures FDR's connection to Springwood, the estate that he loved and the place he considered home. The first US Presidential Library was started by FDR here at Springwood.

    "The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site contains "Springwood", the lifelong home of America's only 4-term President. Also on the site is the Presidential Library and Museum, operated by the National Archives. Visitors may enjoy a guided tour of FDR's home, take a self-guided tour of the Museum and stroll the grounds, gardens, and trails of this 300-acre site. Start your visit at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center and see the introductory film and arrange for self guided tours of the Presidential Library and Museum and Ranger-led tours of the historic home. Plan a minimum of two and one half hours to visit."

    Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
    Val-Kill at Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site is located at Hyde Park NY 12538, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley.

    “The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again.” Eleanor Roosevelt
    This simple statement expresses Eleanor's love for the modest house she called Val-Kill. The only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady, Val-Kill welcomes visitors in the style of Mrs. Roosevelt. Come and be part of the entire Roosevelt Experience at Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill.

    Eleanor Roosevelt chose Val-Kill for her retreat, her office, her home, and her "laboratory" for social change during the prominent and influential period of her life from 1924 until her death in 1962. During that time she formulated and carried out her social and political beliefs. This is the place most closely associated with one of the most prominent women of 20th-century America.

    Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
    Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is located at Hyde Park NY 12538, Dutchess County in the Hudson River Valley. "Vanderbilt Mansion NHS, in terms of architecture, interiors, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, is a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War. Vanderbilt Mansion was the first home in the Town of Hyde Park to have electricity.

    "The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site was established as a monument to an era rather than a tribute to any one person or family. The estate illustrates a way of life modeled on the English country house and is only unusual today because so few examples survive in the 21st century. More than a place to discuss the lifestyles of the rich and famous, the park offers a window into the philosophy of the American country house, the lives of its domestic staff, and its relationship to the surrounding community."

    Montgomery Place National Historic Landmark
    A National Historic Landmark, Montgomery Place is an exceptional 434-acre Hudson River estate with beautiful scenic views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. It is located on historic River Road in the hamlet of Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, just north of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

    "The lover of the expressive in nature, or the beautiful in art, will find here innumerable subjects for study. The natural scenery in many portions approaches the character of grandeur, and the foreground of rich woods and lawns, stretching out on all sides of the mountain, completes a home landscape of dignified and elegant seclusion, rarely surpassed in any country" by Andrew Jackson Downing

    Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
    The Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a legacy project of the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial. The park provides access to the Hudson River's breathtaking landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. The bridge deck stands 212 feet above the river's surface and is 6,678 feet (1.28 miles) long, making it the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.

    Wilderstein Historic Site
    Wilderstein Historic Site is located in Rhinebeck NY 12572, Dutchess County. The history of Wilderstein begins in 1852 with Thomas Holy Suckley's purchase of the river front site, then a sheep meadow of the adjacent late 18th-century estate. Thomas Suckley and his wife Catherine Murray Bowne wanted a building site endowed with striking natural features in the best traditions of the picturesque aesthetic.

    "The last resident of Wilderstein was Margaret (Daisy) Suckley. A cousin and confidante of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Miss Suckley traveled extensively with FDR during his presidency, gave him his famous black Scottish terrier Fala and helped to establish his library in Hyde Park. Miss Suckley was with FDR when he was fatally stricken at Warm Springs, Georgia in 1945. She died at Wilderstein in 1991, in her 100th year. The letters they exchanged during their friendship, discovered in a black battered suitcase at Wilderstein, provide one of the best resources for understanding the private side of Roosevelt’s life during his presidency."

Plan a Manhattan-getaway, or plan a two-week vacation exploring history in the Hudson Valley. Take a leap back in time and visit the Historic Hudson Valley where you can place yourself in the homes and estates of presidents such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and titans of industry such as John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan, all contributing to the development and growth of America in one way or another.

Plan a historic trip to the Historic Hudson Valley and learn about the American Revolution and the beginning of a new nation. Learn about the American Revolution, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the beginning of a new nation. Visitors of all ages can explore and delight in the history of the birth of the United States as they tour historic places of interest.

Listen to the history and stories of leaders of commerce, such as John D. Rockefeller, who made their fortune and later became equally distinguished as a philanthropist. Visit the grand estates that were part of the "Gilded Age" in America. Walk the halls and grounds in the estates of leading historic figures in government, of industry, art and architecture; all playing their part in the historic development of this United States of America.

Dutchess County Parks
Enjoy a picnic at Walkway Over the Hudson Historic Park. The Hudson Valley is flush with beautiful parks and magnificent scenic opportunities, almost all parks offer picnic tables, some with views over the Hudson River. Find a park that is conveniently located and have a Picnic in the park.



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