The Hudson Valley has no shortage of interesting firsts and weird historical facts. I mean, it's been 400 years since Henry Hudson first sailed along the Hudson⁠ — a whole lot happens over the course of a few centuries. We wanted to explore some of the tidbits about Hudson Valley towns that you may never have heard of before.

Let's dive right into Orange County with a look at Newburgh. The city has a lot of history to explore, even beyond George Washington's headquarters. According to Orange County Tourism, these are some of the interesting things that have happened in Newburgh.

Newburgh Loves Lucy

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Lucille Ball made her stage debut at the Ritz Theater in 1941. (Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra also took the stage here.)

New York's Largest Historic District

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Newburgh's East End is the largest historic district in New York State and it's home to 4,000 historic buildings.

National Weather Service Connection

Albert J. Meyer, the man who founded the US National Weather Service was born in Newburgh on September 20, 1829.

First Outdoor Flea Market

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The first outdoor flea market for the United States was held in Newburgh in 1752.

Newburgh: It's Electric (Boogie Woogie Woogie Woogie)

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In 1884, one of the first central electric generating stations opened in Newburgh and Thomas Edison supervised this.

Pretty cool! Is there something that happened in Newburgh that didn't make our list? Drop a comment below.

Here at the Wolf, we are so excited that more towns throughout the Hudson Valley will be able to enjoy country music with us. Newburgh can now hear country music on 97.7 FM.