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When Henry Hudson sailed the Half Moon up our river in 1609, he was the first in a long list of remarkable travelers to the Hudson Valley. Since then, the region has been home to presidents, actors, writers, and world leaders. From the commanding United States Military Academy at West Point to the fabulous Great Estates, visitors are amazed by the rich history and culture found in our famous historic attractions and museums.

Hudson Valley Historical Stops

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    Begin with a visit to Lyndhurst, an 1838 Gothic Revival mansion, designed by Alexander Jackson Davis and once owned by railroad baron Jay Gould. Enjoy dramatic l river views and magnificent gardens, an outstanding example of 19th century landscape design. (914) 631-4481

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    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. (914) 631-9491

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    Camp Shanks World War II Museum

    Cross the Tappan Zee Bridge, and 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. (845) 638-5419

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    Stony Point Battlefield Historic Site

    Travel a little farther north to another important point in America’s military history, the Stony Point Battlefield Historic Site. 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. (845) 786-2521

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    United States Military Academy at West Point

    Take a guided tour of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Highlights include the Cadet Chapel and Trophy Point with breathtaking views of the Hudson River. At the At the Visitor Center, it’s a short walk to the West Point Museum where military memorabilia and paintings from the Hudson River School are displayed. (845) 446-4724

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    Across the Bear Mountain Bridge, proceed north to Boscobel in Garrison, 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. (845) 265-3638

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    Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

    Back across the river, stop by the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, also known as “the cradle of the trotter.” Local standardbred farms have long produced top champions including the most famous, Hambletonian. The history of the sport is brought to life at this state-of-the-art interactive museum where you can even drive a sulky to the finish in a 3-D simulator. (845) 294-6330

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    Historic Huguenot Street

    Next, head north 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. (845) 255-1889

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    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. (845) 338-2786

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Home, Library and Museum

    Cross the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge for a guided tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Home, Library and Museum. 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. (845) 229-9115.

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    Montgomery Place

    Move on to nearby Montgomery Place, the beautiful architectural landmark designed by Andrew Jackson Davis located in Annandale-on-Hudson. Tour the classical revival estate including the house, gardens and woodland trails while enjoying the spectacular vistas of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. (845) 758-5461

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    Just below Hudson, near the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, tour Olana, the Moorish-style home of Frederic Church, a landscape artist of major importance to the Hudson River School movement. The villa offers commanding views of the Hudson Valley, inspiration for the work of this great American painter. (518) 828-0135

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    The National Park Service offers ranger-led tours at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook. After a welcome at the Visitors Center, tour Lindenwald, the 36-room mansion of the first American-born President, who held office from 1837-1841. (518) 758-9689

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    Bronck House

    Back across the Hudson, 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. (518) 731-6490

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    Zaddock Pratt Museum’s

    To the west, is Prattsville, one of New York State's earliest planned communities and once the site of the world's largest tannery. Here you can visit the Zaddock Pratt Museum’s for a glimpse at exhibits on local and regional history, the Civil War, and the heritage of the distinguished Pratt family. (518) 299-3395

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    New York State Museum

    Head northward for Albany’s New York State Museum is the oldest and largest state museum in the country. Ongoing and changing exhibitions give you the rest of the story about New York’s natural and cultural resources. (518) 474-5877

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    Crailo State Historic Site

    One more short trip across the Hudson River brings you to the Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer. The brick manor house, once part of a large patronship, now houses the museum where the early Dutch history of the Upper Hudson Valley is revealed through a variety of exhibits highlighting archeological finds from Albany Fort Orange excavations. (518) 463-8738