Local Area Attractions

Local Attractions

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HISTORIC SITES

  • 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... Learn 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...

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  • 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... Learn 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...

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  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
    "Val-Kill", the home of First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt from 1945-1962. Includes ER memorial garden, grounds and hiking trails. Learn More »
  • Elmendorph Inn

    1760's Inn & Tavern restored with "windows" in the walls exposing early construction and decor.  On National Register of Historic Places.  Available for events. Tues. 10... Learn 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. Learn 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 - 5. Last tour 4 pm. ... Learn 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... Learn 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.

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  • 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... Learn 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... Learn 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.

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  • Maple Grove

    Built in 1850 by New York Banker Charles Al Macy, Maple Grove is one of the last surviving country house esates and is a stunning example of Hudson River Bracketed architecture. Placed on the National... Learn 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... Learn More »
  • Montgomery Place Historic Estate

    380-acre National Historic Landmark estate with gardens, landscaped grounds, woodland walks, waterfalls and views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. A.J. Davis-designed, neo-classical style... Learn 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... Learn More »
  • Mount Gulian Historic Site

    Reconstructed 18th century Dutch homestead on 44 acres with unique 1740's Dutch barn and restored garden. Revolutionary War Headquarters of General von Steuben, birthplace of the Society of the... Learn More »

  • Oblong Friends Meeting House
    Original 1764 Quaker Meeting House that served as a hospital for George Washington's troops in 1778. Learn 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.... Learn More »

  • Quaker Museum, Akin Free Library

    Displays early Quaker memorabilia & artifacts of life on the Hill...

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  • Saint James Church

    Episcopal church attended by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Congregation dating from 1811, historic cemetery.

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  • 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... Learn 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... Learn More »
  • Staatsburgh State Historic Site

    The country home of Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills, remodeled and enlarged by McKim, Mead and White in 1895-96, and furnished in the styles of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. Beaux-Arts mansion... Learn 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.

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  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    Gilded age mansion was the home of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt from 1896 to 1938. Includes formal gardens, grounds, hiking trails, and spectacular views of the Hudson River.

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  • Wilderstein

    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;... Learn More »


POINTS SOUTH

Boscobel (Garrison)
Stonecrop (Cold Spring)
DIA Beacon (Beacon)
Storm King Art Center (New Windsor)


HISTORIC MUSEUMS

  • 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... Learn 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.

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  • 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. Learn More »
  • Hopewell Depot Restoration
    A restored 1873 railroad station offering tours and a visitors center with tourism brochures of the area. Hopewell Depot is dedicated to preserving the history of the railroad in Southern Dutchess County.... Learn 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... Learn More »

  • Museum of Rhinebeck History
    Local history exhibits. Learn 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. Learn More »
  • Sports Museum of Dutchess County

    Museum tells the history of different sports and athletes in Dutchess County. Includes the DC Sports Museum Hall of Fame.

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  • 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... Learn More »

  • The Thomas E. Dewey Center
    The Center offers exhibits of memorabilia of the life and career of Thomas E. Dewey, and serves as a source for research. By appointment. Thomas E. Dewey was a New York City District Attorney, Federal... Learn More »
  • Town of Hyde Park Historical Society

    Museum located in restored firehouse bldg. Also offered are tours of The Little Red School House on the grounds of North Park Elementary School, Rt. 9G, by appt., (845) 229-9029.

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  • 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.... Learn 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... Learn More »

ACCOMMODATIONS


ACTIVITIES

HYDE PARK/RHINEBECK


POUGHKEEPSIE


FARMERS MARKETS

  • Beacon Farmers Market

    Summer schedule:
    Location: Beacon Train Station, waterfront at the ferry landing, Beacon.
    Hours: Sun., May-last Sun before Thanksgiving, 10am-4pm

    Winter Location:
    Indoors... Learn More »

  • Fishkill Farmers Market
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  • Fishkill Winter Marketplace/Farmers Market
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  • Hudson Valley Farmers Market
    Every Saturday 10 -3 year round. Located at Grieg Farm, Pitcher Lane Learn More »
  • Hyde Park Farmers Market
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  • Milan Farmers Market

    Meats, vegetables, eggs, cheese, fruits, jams, jellies, breads, baked goods, cut flowers, potted plants and herbs

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  • Millbrook Farmers Market
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  • Millerton Farmers Market
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  • Pawling Farmers Market

    2014 -- Saturdays June 21 through September 20th.  2014 season kicks off wtih  the popular "Two by Two Petting Zoo."  They will be bringin a kangeroo, small alligator, ducks... Learn More »

  • Pine Plains Farmers Market
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  • Red Hook Village Farmer's Market

    May 24th - October 25th, Saturdays 10 - 2 pm. Municipal parking lot.

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  • Rhinebeck Farmers Market

    Location: Municipal Parking Lot, 23 E. Market St., Rhinebeck.
    Hours: May-Nov., Sun., 10am-2pm

    Winter Location: Inside the Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 E. Market St., Rhinebeck.
    Winter... Learn More »

  • Wassaic Farmers Market
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