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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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

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