There's so much history to be discovered within New York state and also in the Hudson Valley. Each town, village and hamlet has fascinating historical information behind it.

There are several Hudson Valley towns that date back to the 1600's, some of them even had different names from what they went by.

For instance, New Paltz was once known as Old Paltz and Rhinebeck was also known as a different name such as Kipsbergen.

While the Hudson Valley continues to expand and grow, we may be seeing the new changes in our area. Let's continue to explore our local towns and learn about the history that helped shape the Hudson Valley into what we love it as today.

This Hudson Valley Restaurant Was Once Known As One Of The 'Oldest Operating Inns'

Walking into a historical residence can be a thrill for many history buffs. They can instantly spot unique details about little things such as an old doorknob, the kind of wood on the floor and the way the windows were shaped differently.

I love learning from my history buff friends and family and seeing their eyes light up when discovering something new and different in the Hudson Valley.

A Hudson Valley restaurant was once known as one of the "Oldest Operating Inns" in all of the US. This restaurant also gained more attention when it was visited by one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Did You Know That Martha Stewart Visited This Hudson Valley Restaurant?





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One of Hollywood's most influential stars visited the Hudson Valley. Martha Stewart made an appearance at Stissing House located in Pine Plains, NY.

94.3 Lite FM shared information about Stewart's visit to the Stissing House.

"Stewart recently visited the Stissing House located at 7801 S Main Street in Pine Plains, NY and it looks like she had an awesome time while she was there."



"According to Martha Stewart's Instagram, she started her meal with a Belvedere Vodka Martini and said that the Stissing House is "a wonderful restaurant in Pine Plains, north of NYC".

Martha Stewart also shared her experience at Stissing House and her personal opinion if she would visit this Hudson Valley establishment again.

"Stewart said again how it's "definitely worth a trip up north".

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The Stissing House Was Known As One Of The 'Oldest Operating Inns' In The US




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History buffs, this story is for you. The New York Times shared,

"Stissing House was once one of the oldest continuously operating inns in the United States."

According to Stissing House,

"Stissing House dates to the dawn of the American Republic. It was built in 1782 to serve as a watering hole for the swinging country town of Pine Plains, New York."

It was also explained that local residents and those who were visiting once danced, drank and ate all at the Stissing House in Pine Plains, NY.

However, when the first world war took place, the tracks from the railway were no longer able to bring passengers into town due to it's need to make ammunition instead. At that time, there wasn't business for the Stissing House.

 By the mid 1990's, the Stissing House finally reopened to the community and served as a French restaurant.

It wasn't until 2022, that Clare de Boer took over the Stissing House as "chef/proprietor".

What Does The Stissing House In Pine Plains, NY Offer In 2024?


With a rich historical background, the Stissing House has gotten a lot of attention over many years. Today, guests can enjoy their menu options that can change seasonally.

For February 2024, their menu along with menu options are listed on the website. I would choose their Pot-roasted winter vegetables with barley and meyer lemon along with Coconut cake for dessert.

The Stissing House shared that

"Stissing House is one of the oldest taverns in America. It has played host to feasts for generations."


"Throw a long-table dinner in the oldest Ballroom in America or feast by candlelight in our beamed Barn. Takeover the Whole House for rehearsal dinners, weddings & and shandy-fueled breakfasts the morning after."

Have you ever heard of the Stissing House before in Pine Plains, NY? What do you think about the historical information behind this restaurant? Tell us more below.

Stissing House

7801 S Main St, Pine Plains, NY 12567

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Have You Been To FDR's Cousin's House in Rhinebeck, NY?

Some may only know about FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt but there were other family members who played a role in the Hudson Valley.

Thomas Suckley and his wife Catherine Murray Bowne created history in Dutchess County, NY. Their estate called "Wilderstein" was designed in the 1800's. 

According to, the meaning behind the name of their estate means "wild man's stone". This was in reference to "an Indian petroglyph on the property, a reminder of the cultural heritage that preceded European settlement of the region."

By the late 1800's, the son of Thomas and Catherine (Robert Bowne Suckley) along with his wife, Elizabeth Philips Montgomery decided to add onto the estate.

This "Queen Anne style mansion" is also known for its beautiful views, lush landscape and large property. There were three generations of the Suckley family members that lived at Wilderstein. 

Who was related to FDR?

Margaret Suckley was not only just a cousin of FDR but they spent quality time together. She traveled with FDR during his presidency and gifted him his black Scottish terrier dog, Fala.
Margaret also helped FDR form his library located in Hyde Park, NY.

Some would also say that she was a "confidante" to him as well. Margaret was with FDR when he passed away in Georgia. She died at the Wilderstein estate in 1991 at 100 years old.

Margaret was the last resident to live at Wilderstein. 

Wilderstein is also known as "the Hudson Valley's most important example of Victorian architecture."

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