The city of Hudson is centrally located in a region known for its historic sites, whether they be buildings, landscapes, or collections, making it a great place from which to embark on an easy day's excursion.
Olana Historic Site
Olana is the hilltop home of Frederic Church, the co-founder of the Hudson River School of Painting. The beautiful Moorish inspired estate overlooks Church’s beloved Hudson River. Paintings by Church as well as other period artists are included in daily tours. www.olana.org
Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford and other pioneering American artists, and see the landscapes that inspired them. Go to http://cedargrove.squarespace.com/trail-intro/, see the paintings, download a map and directions and visit the sites immortalized by these American masters. Visit:
Thomas Cole web site
Garden tour at The Mount
Visit the newly restored garden at Edith Wharton’s Lenox, Massachusetts estate, The Mount. In June 2005, 3,000 perennials and annuals were planted, completing the restoration of the formal gardens. The colorful flower beds, described by a Wharton friend as “an oriental carpet floating in the sun” can be viewed from the mansion and its expansive terrace, as Wharton intended. For more information, click here.
The Livingston family homes: Clermont, Montgomery Place and Wilderstein
The Livingston family of Clermont has a long and storied history in both Columbia and Dutchess counties, and theirgrand homes – all built on the eastern bank of the Hudson River – are all designated national historic landmarks and are available to the public. Visit the homes built and inhabited by a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the wife of a Revolutionary War general and the woman who was at Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s side when he died.
Bash Bish Falls (Mass.) or Taconic State Park (N.Y.)
After days of rich restaurant food and endless shopping, perhaps a day hike or an overnight camping trip is in order. Both parks offer plenty of activities for campers and day visits. At Taconic, visitors can bike or stroll along the newly developed Harlem Valley Rail Trail, hike to Bash Bish Falls, just over the Massachusetts border or up Brace Mountain, the highest point in Dutchess County. Stop at the newly created Iron Works museum to learn about the iron industry at the former site of Copake Iron Works, established in 1845. Fresh water fishing enthusiasts will delight in hooking brown trout and other fish in the Bash Bish Brook or rainbow trout in the old iron ore mine pit. During the winter season here are great trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and five miles of snowmobile trails.
For more info on Bash Bish, go to: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/bash.htm
On Taconic State Park, go to: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/83/details.aspx
Walking tours of Hudson and Cedar Park Cemetery
How much do you know about Hudson, New York, a little city that Mary Ann Zimmerman describes in her walking tour as a place that exudes high energy, innovation and entrepreneurship?
There’s more to Hudson than antique shops, great restaurants, charming B&Bs, art galleries and perhaps the best roster of cultural activities in the Hudson Valley. It’s the history of the city that defines the Hudson Walking Tour. Simply engrossing and captivating, is how Ms. Zimmerman defines Hudson.
Tours are conducted most Fridays, some Saturdays & Sundays May to Labor Day. Meet at the flagpole on Parade Hill at the foot of Warren Street, 11:00 a.m. The cost is $12 per person. Call 917-880-6732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Go to http://www.poshnosh.com/swt/hudson-walking.html for more information.
Warren Street tour
To download a copy of Historic Hudson’s tour, click here.
Historic Hudson is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1996 to promote the preservation of the unique architectural heritage of the City of Hudson, New York. Comprising a remarkable collection of largely intact 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century buildings, Hudson is considered by many to be a veritable dictionary of American architectural style.
The Historic Hudson Archive Collection includes over 400 glass plate negatives and images of Hudson, New York and Columbia County, circa 1860 to 1950.