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
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
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 Fri... Read 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... Read More
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. Read 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 - am... Read 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. Read 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, 9:00am - 5:00pm. Last tour... Read More
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 Great Depression... Read More
Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse
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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. Read 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... Read More
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. Read 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. Read 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.... Read More
Hudson Valley Bucket List
Hudson Valley Bucket List is a premier tour attraction offering guided specialty tours on select weekends. Shuttled tours leaves from designated train station in Dutchess County and feature cultural highlights,... Read 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... Read More
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... 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
Math & Physics Exploration
30 math exhibits, math tutoring and enrichment pre-k to high school and college. Read 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... Read More
Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
On banks of the Hudson River. Hands-on exhibits and programs present science, technology, the arts, and Hudson River heritage. For ages 0-6. Participates in the Blue Star Museum Program offering FREE... Read More
Millbrook School - Warner Gallery Holbrook Arts Center
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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 mansion.... 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
Museum of Rhinebeck History
Local history exhibits. Hours are mid-June - Sept. 30, Saturdays, 1-4 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 available. 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
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. The Sports Museum of Dutchess County was conceived in the mind of the late Charles... 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
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... Read 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... Read 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. Read More
Town of Hyde Park Historical Society
Historical Society Museum Open For The Season through the end of October 2016.  You are invited to stop by to see our displays of Hyde Park local memoabilia, books for sale, etc.  There is... Read More
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.... 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. Read More
Wethersfield Estate and Gardens
Epitome of a country gentleman's, Chauncey D. Stillman (1907-1989), estate of the late 20th century.  Features a Carriage House Museum with 22 restored horse drawn carriages; a Main Residence... Read More
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; grounds... 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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