Hudson Valley mansions, estates, battlefields & historic sites
When Henry Hudson sailed the Half Moon upriver in 1609, he was the first in a long list of remarkable people— presidents, inventors and industrialists, military and religious leaders, activists, artists and authors – who shaped the history of the Hudson Valley and the United States. More than four centuries of history live on in significant sites and museums open to the public, from the commanding United States Military Academy at West Point to the fabulous Great Estates.
Put down the history book, and go walk across a battlefield, sit in a one-room schoolhouse, research your family’s genealogy, or bring the kids to a historic holiday event. There’s more than one way to experience the past in the present.
New York State Capitol
Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th century architectural grandeur.
Washington Ave and State St, Albany, NY 12242
(518) 474-2418 • ogs.ny.gov
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Schuyler Mansion is the historic home of Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler and his family. Built between 1761-1765, the Georgian style mansion features 18th century interiors complete with furniture, decorative arts, paintings, and personal artifacts of family members.
32 Catherine St, Albany, NY 12202
(518) 434-0834 • www.schuylerfriends.org
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
The home and farm of the eighth president of the United States. The mansion is also where Van Buren managed two presidential campaigns and entertained politicians and celebrities during the turbulent 1840’s and 1850’s. Grounds open 7 a.m. - sunset all year. Enjoy the Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail - a 1.5 mile trail connecting MVBHNS to Luykas Van Alen Historic Site with trail head at both sites.
1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook, NY 12106
518-758-9689 • www.nps.gov/mava
Olana State Historic Site
Home and estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church; the 250 acre grounds are open year around 8 a.m. until sunset. Hiking, picnicking, birding, snow-shoeing and cross country skiing are available seasonally along with programs and special events. Recreational activities on the pond include fishing, kayaks and non-motored boats.
5720 State Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-0135 • www.olana.org
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Home, Library and Museum
Take a guided tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Home, Library and Museum and experience the very home where our 32nd president lived the majority of his life. Roosevelt was laid to rest on the grounds as well in the aesthetically pleasing Rose Garden. Needless to say, FDR loved his estate in Hyde Park and after visiting it, you will too.
4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-9115 • www.nps.gov/hofr
Locust Grove Estate
In Poughkeepsie, about 25 miles south of Kingston, is a wonderful stop along the Hudson Valley art and history trail at the home of Samuel F.B. Morse, a respected artist in the 1820’s founder of the National Academy of Design and developer of the electric telegraph and Morse code. Enjoy the historic home and gardens and collections of paintings by Morse, Cole, Church, Gifford and Inness.
2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 454-4500 • www.lgny.org
View the oldest surviving Dutch house in the Hudson Valley, Bronck House, in Coxsackie. This fine example of Hudson Valley Dutch architecture is furnished with period furniture and an important collection of regional textiles. Also on the grounds, view an unusual thirteen sided barn built in the 1830’s. Fun Fact: The Broncks were so fond of their family home, they kept it for 8 generations over the course of 276 years!
90 County Route 42, Coxsackie, NY 12051
(518) 731-6490 • www.gchistory.org
Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Visit the residence and studio of 19th century artist and founder of the Hudson River School. The site contains galleries of oil paintings, as well as rooms with Cole artifacts and period furnishings. Guided tour, film and gift shop on premise.
218 Spring St., Catskill, NY 12414
(518) 943-7465 • www.thomascole.org
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site
Hasbrouck House, where Gen. George Washington spent more time than anywhere else during the Revolutionary War. Interactive “Unpacked and Rediscovered” museum exhibit. Nation’s first public historic site. Open year-round.
84 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
One of New York's largest living history museums with costumed interpreters demonstrating crafts in a 19th century village setting. A complete mastodon skeleton dug up near the area on display. April-November.
1010 Route 17M, Monroe, NY 10950
(845) 782-8247 • www.museumvillage.org
Boscobel, in Garrison, is a great example of Federal architecture with an extensive collection of period furniture and decorative arts. The rose garden features 140 varieties of roses with a bubbling fountain as its center. A 1-mile Woodland Trail takes you through the wooded landscape to spectacular vistas of the Hudson River.
1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524
(845) 265-3638 • www.boscobel.org
Walter Brewster House
This beautifully restored 150-year-old house of Brewster’s founder sits on a hill overlooking the village. It is open to the public by appointment.
43 Oak St, Brewster, NY 10509
(845) 279-7429 • www.townofsoutheast-ny.com
Rensselaer County Historical Society/Hart-Cluett House
Extensive object & library collections, historic buildings and neighborhood allow visitors to experience history firsthand. Walking tours, Hart-Cluett Historic House tours, history programs, research assistance, school programs and special events.
57 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 272-7232 • www.rchsonline.org
Founded in 1848, the 19th Century cemetery is the burial place of Uncle Sam. The Earl Gardner Chapel features eight Tiffany stained glass windows. Offering tours and talks from April-December.
186 Oakwood Avenue, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 272-7520 • www.oakwoodcemetery.org
Camp Shanks World War II Museum
Head to Orangeburg, home of the once dubbed “Last Stop, USA,” this was the largest point of embarkation for soldiers headed for the front lines in North Africa and Europe. Visit the simulated barracks with artifacts and photographs.
20 Greenbush Road, Orangeburg, NY, 10962
(845) 638-5419 • www.campshanksmuseum.com
Stony Point Battlefield Historic Site & Lighthouse
Explore the site of General “Mad Anthony” Wayne’s surprise capture of the British-held fort in 1779 and visit the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River, marking the entrance to the Hudson Highlands since 1826. Tours of the building give expansive views of both the Hudson River and the Stony Point Battlefield interpreted through a museum and reenactments of the engagement during the Revolutionary War.
46 Battlefield Rd, Stony Point, NY 10980
(845) 786-2521 • www.nysparks.com/historic-sites/8/details.aspx
Historic Huguenot Street
Head to New Paltz’s National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street, for another facet of Hudson Valley history. Tour seven original stone houses dating to 1705, a colonial-era burial ground, a reconstructed 1717 French church, and visitors’ center.
88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-1660 • www.huguenotstreet.org
Senate House State Historic Site
In Kingston, the Senate House State Historic Site offers guided tours of the furnished historic house that served as the meeting place for New York State’s first Senate. The museum features art, objects and documents of the 17th-19th centuries amid a park-like setting.
296 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 338-2786 • www.senatehousekingston.org
Lyndhurst, an 1838 Gothic Revival mansion designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, was once owned by railroad baron Jay Gould. Enjoy dramatic river views and magnificent gardens, an outstanding example of 19th century landscape design.
635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 631-4481 • www.lyndhurst.org
Travel to Kykuit, home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Tour the expansive terraced gardens filled with 20th century sculpture, take time to see the antique auto and horse-drawn carriage collections. The remarkable beaux-arts landscape was created in the early 1900’s. The Rockefeller’s outstanding art collection includes works by Henry Moore, David Smith, Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder as well as Picasso tapestries.
381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
(914) 631-9491 • www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/kykuit