Dutchess County has announced 2018 as The Year of the Veteran with a special emphasis on the 100th Anniversary of Dutchess County Troops heading off to fight World War I in 1918.
Many activities and events will support this commemoration throughout the year and all will be listed on Dutchess Tourism’s Calendar of Events. A video produced by the Dutchess County Historical Society about The Year of the Veteran in Dutchess County can be seen here: https://dchsny.org/portfolio/2018/.
S = Seasonal attraction or activity
SE = Open during scheduled events
Locust Grove Estate
2683 South Road (Route 9), Poughkeepsie
At this historic home, formerly owned by Morse Code inventor Samuel F.B. Morse, guides will tell the story of how life changed on the estate during WWI. Visitors will learn how the Young family, who owned Locust Grove at the time, handled shortages of food and fuel, and supported refugees from France and Belgium. Innis Young, who was mostly deaf and failed his military service test, wrote about a number of friends who served in his diaries. Grounds are open year round but the home is closed January – March except for groups. 845-454-4500
Staatsburgh State Historic Site (SE)
75 Mills Mansion Road, Staatsburg
Home to prominent social hostess Ruth Livingston Mills and her husband, financer Ogden Mills, Staatsburgh is a 79-room, lavishly furnished 1895 Gilded Age country estate on the Hudson River. The historic site, formerly known as Mills Mansion, includes an exhibit focused on the wartime activities and political career of the couple’s son Ogden Livingston Mills who quit his job as a New York state senator to fight in WWI. The family's Paris home also became American General Pershing’s headquarters in France. The site also periodically offers a special tour titled World War I & the End of the Gilded Age, which explores how that extravagance withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Reservations required; see web site for details. Mansion closed January – March except for groups and special events (like the WWI Gilded Age tour happening 1/20). 845-889-8851 https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/25/details.aspx
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome (S)
9 Norton Road, Red Hook
Starting with six derelict WWI planes, Cole Palen made the Aerodrome into America’s first flying museum of antique aircraft and replicas. He believed, “It isn’t an airplane if it doesn’t fly,” and for more than 50 years, the non-profit Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum has continued his work collecting, restoring and exhibiting more than 60 aircraft from the Pioneer, WWI and Lindbergh Ages of aviation, including a 1918 Curtiss Jenny all flyboys learned to pilot. Museum open daily, May-October. Air shows, June-October: Saturdays “History of Flight” and Sundays “WWI Dog Fight Spectacular”. Bi-plane rides also available. Closed November – April. Museum opens in May. Air shows start in June. 845-752-3200.
Millbrook Tribute Garden
21 St Joseph’s Drive, Millbrook
In 1919, Mr. & Mrs. Oakleigh B. Thorne donated 6 acres to the Village of Millbrook as a living memorial to all veterans from the town who served in WWI. A native tree was planted in commemoration of each veteran. The playground is dedicated to the children of the village, whose freedom our veterans fought for. Plaques mounted at the entrance and top of the grounds honor those who served in WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. Open year round.
Other WWI Memorials in Dutchess County include:
• Hyde Park World War I Monument; Dedicated - Unknown; Located behind Hyde Park Town Hall; http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=83297
• Pawling World War I and Civil War Memorial; Dedicated - Unknown; Located intersection East Main Street and Charles Coleman Boulevard; http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=24655
• Dutchess County War Memorial (World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam); Dedicated - Unknown; Located at the intersection of Main Street and Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie; http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=37640
• Affectionate Memory (World War I); Dedicated - Unknown; Located on the Dutchess County Courthouse, Poughkeepsie; http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=37733