Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley
Rockland County, one of ten counties that comprise the Historic Hudson Valley, is the most southern county on the west side of the Hudson River, just below Orange County and bordering the state of New Jersey. Visit Rockland where you'll find several Rockland Historic Sites including the charming Hudson River Town of Piermont.
Rockland County historic sites include: Old '76 House in Tappan, Bear Mountain Inn in Bear Mountain, Bear Mountain Bridge and Tollhouse, at the Bear Mountain Bridge crossing, The Dewint House in Tappan, New Hempstead Presbyterian Church in New City, Stony Point Lighthouse in Stony Point, and the Stony Point Battlefield in Stony Point at the northern tip of Rockland.
The Historic Hudson Valley has been designated a National Heritage Area extending from Albany in the upper-Hudson Valley to northern 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 the history of a new nation. Visit historic sites where much of American history was born. 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, comprised of ten counties, 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 lower-Hudson Valley is comprised of Westchester County on the east side of the Hudson River and Rockland County on the west side. Learn about the history of the lower-Hudson Valley in Westchester and Rockland counties by visiting the magnificent estates, collections, and landscapes of prominent and influential Americans.
Visit historic sites from Piermont in southern Rockland County to Stony Point in northern Rockland. Find the best attractions, offering things to do for the whole family, with many sites offering fun activities for kids. Learn about the War of Independence by visiting sites and battlegrounds of the revolution. Discover more about the American Revolution in Rockland.
Rockland County Historic Sites include
The ‘76 House is New York’s oldest tavern; a three hundred year old structure lovingly restored to pristine condition by the Norden Family. Listed as a National Landmark, the restaurant offers even more than historical significance. Have a meal at this historic site.
Appalachian National and Historic Trail
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, designated a linear National Park by the 1968 National Trails System Act, is a continuous, marked public footpath extending approximately 2,144 miles from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia along the Appalachian Mountain range.
"The trail maintains a wilderness character by following the scenic ridges of the Appalachian Mountain ranges of the White, Green, Berkshire, Ramapo, Kittatinny, Blue Ridge, Great Smoky, and Nantahala Mountains. The Appalachian Trail is protected along most of its course by federal or state ownership of the land. The entire trail environment is maintained as a place for everyone to hike and enjoy the Appalachian Mountains, while at the same time conserving the natural, scenic, historical and cultural resources of this one-of-a-kind, linear park."
DeWint House Historic Site
"The DeWint House, George Washington’s temporary Headquarters at Tappan on four separate occasions during the American Revolutionary War. Known as the DeWint House, after the family who owned it during Washington’s visits, it is the oldest surviving structure in Rockland County, New York, and an outstanding example of Colonial Dutch architecture in the Hudson Valley. Washington’s first stay at the House was from August 8 to 24, 1780, while he was inspecting a redoubt on the Hudson. Major Frederickus Blauvelt, the son-in-law of Johannes and Antje DeWint, who owned the house at the time, invited Washington to stay with the family.
"Later, when the American Army had moved to Orangeburg, Washington returned on September 28, through October 7, 1780, for the trial and subsequent hanging of the British spy, Major John André. André had been captured after a meeting with American General, Benedict Arnold, at which they made plans to betray the fortifications at West Point."
Stony Point Battlefield Historic Site
The Stony Point Battlefield marks the "Battle of Stony Point" and the victory of the American light infantry over the British in a daring midnight raid. Visit the site of the Battle of Stony Point, one of the last major Revolutionary War battles in the northeastern colonies. This is where Brigadier General Anthony Wayne led his corps of Continental Light Infantry in a daring midnight attack on the British, seizing the site's fortifications and taking the British garrison as prisoners on July 16, 1779.
Stony Point Lighthouse
The Stony Point lighthouse was built in 1826, and is the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. In October, 1995, the lighthouse was restored, relighted, and re-opened to the public for the first time since 1925; when it was decommissioned after having served for nearly one hundred years. The Stony Point lighthouse marked the danger to ships of a rocky promontory, the Stony Point peninsula.
The Historic 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.
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 vacation filled with history. Visit the Historic Hudson Valley of New York. 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 story of the birth of the United States as they tour historic places of interest.
The Historic Hudson Valley, steeped in history, overflows with natural beauty. See the lakes, the mountains, and magnificent landscapes of the valley. Visit the farmer's markets, and the pick-your-own fields of vegetables and fruit. Many Hudson Valley farms are part of the burgeoning sustainable and organic movement, so Pick-Your-Own fruit and vegetables and have a healthy picnic made from the produce of a local Hudson Valley farm.
Rockland County Parks and Picnics
Enjoy a picnic on the grounds of a historic site in the Hudson Valley. Picnic tables are available at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow and Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. Or, you can use the picnic tables on the grounds of Sunnyside, home of the first international writer, Washington Irving, one of the three writers known as the Knickerbocker Group. This group was comprised of Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, and William Cullen Bryant, American pioneers in the literary fields of general literature, novels, and poetry and journalism.
If you plan on eating out in Rockland County, visit the Hudson River Towns of Nyack-on-the-Hudson or Piermont-on-the-Hudson. The villages of Nyack and Piermont offer the best dining out. Find restaurants in Piermont and Nyack, offering a selection of cuisines and outdoor dining.
Select one of the outstanding restaurants in Nyack and Piermont, in the lower-Hudson Valley: