It truly is a blessing to live here in the Hudson Valley. The more that I explore throughout the area, the more fascinated I become with the history of this beautiful part of New York. It’s hard to imagine that certain parts of the Hudson Valley date back to the 1600s.

I was look forward to when my sister visits because I know that with her inner history buff self, she’ll want take us on an adventure to somewhere she’s never been before. However, that doesn’t leave out our visits to Stewart's for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A few months back, she decided to take it upon herself to check out the blue and yellow plaque signs, historic markers throughout the Hudson Valley. We were both shocked and amazed to learn about all of the significant historic events that took place here in the Hudson Valley. Next time that you pass one of those plaques, not only think of me and my sister ( ha-ha) but stop and take the time to read about a piece of history.

Why do we call the river, the Hudson River? Do you know the birthplace of our 32nd President of the United States? Where is the largest living history museum?

The Hudson Valley is known for a lot of fascinating things. How do we know if it is true? Those blue and yellow signs, historic markers don’t lie.

Here are the top 5 things that the Hudson Valley is known for.

  • First Butter Factory in the United States

The first butter factory was built in 1856. R. W. Woodhull was the owner and George Gouge was the butter maker. This was the first factory built to specifically manufacture butter. Previously, butter was made in cheese favorites. Today, a rock with a plaque commemorates the area where the factory once stood. 

      Campbell Hall


  • Museum Village, where mastodon remains reside

This local museum is known as the largest living history exhibit in New York State. They have mastodon remains on display that were found and dug up in the surrounding area. You can visit with Harry the Mastodon, one of the three mastodon pieces in the world. While on site, you can hang out in the schoolhouse, candle shop and blacksmith. They have a village replicating the everyday life in the 19th century. You’ll find folks historically dressed up and presenting reenactments.



  • State Registered Historic Landmark of the 1st President of the United States, George Washington

In 1782, George Washington made Newburgh his home until the end of the Revolutionary War in what is known as the Hasbrouck House. This historic home is also known as the oldest house in the city of Newburgh. The home contains documents, furniture and military pieces and resembles how it may have looked when George Washington lived there. The next time that you’re in Newburgh, remember that the 1st President of the United States used to live there too.



  • The Birthplace of the 32nd President of United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park. Not only was FDR born in Hyde Park he made it his lifelong home. He was also buried in the rose garden on site. I had the opportunity to visit here a few years back with my sister. We went on a guided tour and learned so much about the grounds and who visited FDR at his home. I truly felt like I took a step back in time on my adventure here.  It’s something that I always think about when driving through Hyde Park, that such a remarkable man and the 32nd President of the United States, called the Hudson Valley home.

      Hyde Park


  • Henry Hudson and the Hudson River

In 1609, Henry Hudson, an Englishman and his crew were on board of their ship, the Half Moon which led them to the Hudson Valley. Henry explored the land and sailed the waterway that we now know as the Hudson River.  

     Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley truly is a paradise for history buffs. Was this interesting news to you? Drop a comment below of your thoughts. :)

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