Historic Sites & Museums

Historic Sites & Museums 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

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... Open Weekends June 30th - July 29th, 2018 from 1pm -4pm with an exhibit... 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 trails.  Visitors... 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 Dutch 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 4:00pm.  Weekends... Read More

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum: A New Deal for a New Generation! See new, exciting permanent museum exhibits telling the story of the Roosevelt presidency, from the Great Depression... 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 are available... Read More

General Richard Montgomery & Janet Livingston House

Oldest Residence in Rhinebeck tells the story of Gen. Richard Montgomery and his wife Janet Livingston...Hours are by appointment only. 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

Gunnison Museum of Natural History at Akin Free Library

Rock minerals, birds and eggs, shells, world artifacts. Groups are welcome anytime by appointment by calling 860-354-2822. Admission is by a suggested donation. Read More

Historical Society of Quaker Hill & Pawling

John Kane House, Oblong Friends Meeting House, & Quaker Museum, Akin Free Library. See individual listings for details. Read More

Hopewell Depot Restoration

Restored 1873 railroad station offers tours and Visitor Center with area tourism brochures and exhibits. Dedicated to preserving the railroad history of Dutchess.Located at Hopewell Junction end of Dutchess... Read More

Hyde Park Railroad Station Museum

Built in 1914 and based on a design shown at the Pan American World Exposition of 1898. The station was restored to its original condition by the Hudson Valley Railroad Society, Inc. and is on the National... 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

Math & Physics Exploration

30 math exhibits, math tutoring and enrichment pre-k to high school and college. 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

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Named “2017 Best Museum” by Hudson Valley Magazine, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is the ideal destination for families with young children ages 0-6. With exhibits and programs that focus... Read More

Millbrook School - Warner Gallery Holbrook Arts Center

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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

Museum of Rhinebeck History

Local history exhibits. Hours are mid-June - Sept. 30, Saturdays, 1-4 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

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum & Air Shows

Antique airplanes of WWI, the barnstorming era and earliest days of aviation on display daily 10am-5pm from May-mid-Oct. Thrilling air shows on Sat. & Sun. at 2pm, mid-June - mid-Oct. Biplane rides available. February... 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

Sports Museum of Dutchess County

The Museum's new permanent exhibition, "Legends of Dutchess" tells the history of different sports and athletes in Dutchess County. Includes the DC Sports Museum Hall of Fame. The Sports Museum of Dutchess... 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 America.... Read More

The Brinckerhoff House - East Fishkill Historical Society

The East Fishkill Historical Society is committed to safeguarding the cultural heritage of the Hudson Valley, particularly East Fishkill, through the restoration, preservation and interpretation of its... Read More

The Peale History Center and Library

On display is an extensive collection of memorabilia marking the life of world famous clergyman and author Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the author of "The Power of Positive Thinking". Also on site is an extensive... 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

Town of Hyde Park Historical Society

Historical Society Museum Open For The Season through the end of October 2017.  Please invite your family and friends to visit us to see our historical artifacts donated by the townspeople.  We also... Read More

Van Wyck Homestead Museum

1732 Dutch Colonial homestead. Revolutionary War Headquarters 1776-83 of Fishkill Supply Depot and Barracks. Hudson Valley portraits, changing exhibits and events. Local history and genealogical library.... 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 from NYC... Read More

Wethersfield Estate & 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 with extensive... 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; grounds... Read More

Wing's Castle

Hudson River stone castle constructed by artist/owners Peter and Toni Wing, using 85% salvaged materials from antique buildings. Wing's Castle is the brainchild of artists Peter and Toni Ann Wing. It's... Read More

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