Historic Sites

Historic Sites in the Hudson Valley

Here in the Hudson River Valley, historic sites are a ubiquitous part of the Dutchess County landscape. Not only can you step back in time, you can choose which time -- pre-Revolutionary war, early Quaker days, the Gilded Age, or the early 20th century and the era of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Bannerman Castle
The Scottish-style castle on the Hudson River was built in the early 1900s by Frank Bannerman, VI. to store military surplus items. The Pollepel shuttles you to the island for a guided tour around the... Read More
Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus
Overlooking the Hudson River, the 380-acre estate is a National Historic Landmark set amid rolling lawns, woodlands, and gardens, against the backdrop of the Catskill Mountains. Designed by renowned architects,... Read More
Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park
Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park is a hidden gem located in the Wheeler Hill Historic District of the Town of Wappinger. The grounds are open to the public daily for hiking and recreational... Read More
Clermont State Historic Site
Country estate of seven generations of the prominent Livingston family. Restored mansion, visitor center, exhibit galleries, formal gardens, carriage trails, picnicking... Read More
Clinton House State Historic Site
Historic stone house built c.1765, before the American Revolution. Headquarters of the Dutchess County Historical Society. Tues. and Thurs., 12-5pm; Franklin Butts Research Library by appt. Wed and Fri... Read More
Creek Meeting House Exhibit Center,
Historical archives of local county information, monthly programs; center located in a former Quaker Meeting House built in 1777... Read More
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
The only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady of the United States, "Val-Kill", was the home of Eleanor Roosevelt from 1945-1962. Includes ER memorial garden, grounds and hiking... Read More
Elmendorph Inn
1760s Inn and tavern restored with ‘windows’ in the walls exposing early construction and decor.  National Register of Historic Places. Available for events. Read More
First Reformed Church
Congregation dating to 1716. Original 1731 building was the meeting place for the New York Provincial Congress and a prison during the Revolutionary War. Read More
Franklin D. Roosevelt Home National Historic Site
"Springwood", lifelong home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1880-1945. Includes grave sites, rose garden, grounds and hiking trails.  Open 7 days a week, 9:00am - 5:00pm. Last tour... Read More
Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse
The historic Irondale Schoolhouse (ca. 1850's) is open for the Summer Season. The restored schoolhouse is located in Millerton, at the head of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Original blackboards... Read More
Glebe House
The 1767 house has been restored to represent the home of Tory Minister, The Reverend John Beardsley and his wife Gertrude Crannel, who resided there from 1767 to 1777 when they were forced to flee to... Read More
Historical Society of Quaker Hill and Pawling
John Kane House, Oblong Friends Meeting House, & Quaker Museum, Akin Free Library. See individual listings for details. Read More
John Kane House
Served as George Washington's headquarters in 1778. Repository for past and present local history, including a replica of the village in 1948 with moving trains. The Lowell Thomas rooms focus on the life... Read More
Locust Grove Estate
Historic country estate includes 40-room Italianate mansion featuring outstanding original collection of furnishings and paintings, Carriage House with original carriages,180 acres of historic gardens... Read More
Madam Brett Homestead
Built in 1709, Dutchess County's oldest homestead; 17 rooms of furnishings, porcelain, paintings, books, tools and gardens. Owned for seven generations by the Brett family. Maintained by the Melzingah... Read More
Mesier Homestead and Museum
The Brewer-Mesier Homestead was built by Nicholas Brewer ca. 1741 and later purchased by Peter Mesier. Beautiful Victorian details disguise the 18th c. fieldstone core of historic home built on a village... Read More
Mount Beacon Incline Railway
This funicular was built in 1902 by the Otis Elevator Company and operated for over 75 years. It was the steepest incline railway in the world and carried over 3.5 million visitors to the summit of Mount... Read More
Mount Gulian Historic Site
Reconstructed 18th century Dutch homestead on 44 acres with 1740's Dutch barn and restored garden. Revolutionary War Headquarters of General von Steuben, birthplace of the Society of the Cincinnati.... Read More
Mt. Beacon Fire/Observation Tower
Located on the summit of south Beacon Mountain, the southernmost of two peaks that form Mt. Beacon, in the Hudson Highland region.  The south peak is 1,650 feet above sea level.  One of several... Read More
Oblong Friends Meeting House
Original 1764 Quaker Meeting House that served as a hospital for George Washington's troops in 1778. Read More
Poughkeepsie Post Office
A National Historic Landmark, with five distinctive murals depicting historic occasions in local, state and national history, including the Ratification of the United States Constitution by New York.  A... Read More
Quaker Museum, Akin Free Library
Displays early Quaker memorabilia & artifacts of life on the Hill... Read More
Saint James Church
Episcopal church attended by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Congregation dating from 1811, historic cemetery. Read More
Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church
Guided tour discusses history of the church and prominent parishioners, including the first woman ordained a Methodist deacon. Descriptions of stained glass windows. Congregation established by African-Americans... Read More
Springside National Historic Site
Recognized as the last surviving example of America's first native-born landscape architect, Andrew Jackson Downing, it's the first site in the City of Poughkeepsie given federal recognition for its historic... Read More
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
The Gilded Age country home of Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills, remodeled and enlarged by McKim, Mead and White in 1895-96, represents the “Downton Abbey lifestyle” in turn-of-the-century... Read More
Top Cottage
FDR's hilltop retreat from 1938-1945. Top Cottage was designed by FDR specifically to accommodate his disability. Includes grounds and hiking trails. Tours start at Henry A Wallace Visitors Center. Read More
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Gilded Age mansion was the home of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt from 1896-1938.  Includes formal gardens, grounds, hiking trails and spectacular views of the Hudson River. Visitors traveling... Read More
Wethersfield Estate and Gardens
Epitome of a country gentleman's, Chauncey D. Stillman (1907-1989), estate of the late 20th century.  Features a Carriage House Museum with 22 restored horse drawn carriages; a Main Residence... Read More
Wilderstein Historic Site
Hudson Valley Victoriana at its best. Home of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, cousin and confidante of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Queen Ann style mansion, 1888 interiors designed by JB Tiffany;... Read More

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