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
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
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
Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
Hands-on exhibits and programs present science, technology, the arts, literacy, health and Hudson River heritage. For ages 0-6. Located on banks of the Hudson River and steps away from the historic... Read 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... 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
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... 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
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... 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... 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;... 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.... Read More

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