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Hudson River Valley

Considered to be one of the most beautiful areas of the United States, the Hudson Valley is part of the Great Appalachian Valley. Although the term “Hudson Valley” could technically refer to all areas on the Hudson River, common usage now refers to the area north of Westchester County to Albany and Troy.

More than 400 years ago, Henry Hudson sailed north up a river, later named after him, to an area inhabited by the Algonquian Tribes. The Dutch soon followed, establishing trading camps to obtain animals pellets from the Native Americans. The area played an important part in the French and Indian War and, later, the American Revolution. Over the years, the area has been home to wealthy industrialists such as John D. Rockefeller and Frederick William Vanderbilt and Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Van Buren. The area has long been home to artists such as Thomas Cole and Frederic Church in the 19
th century to Ellsworth Kelly and Jasper Johns in the 21st century.

Fiber animals such as sheep have a long history in the Hudson Valley with sheep coming directly from England to the Hudson Valley region in the early part of the 17
th century. In the late 1700’s, the Livingston family of Columbia county imported prized merinos directly from Spain. A fiber industry grew in the region with many spinning, weaving and knitting mills sprouting up as well as many farms raising sheep. Today, Rhinebeck in Dutchess County is home to one of the largest Sheep and Wool festivals in the country every October.

The Hudson Valley is rich in history and has many activities for visitors and residents. Below is a list of just a few sites that have more information on the Hudson Valley and its activities:

Hudson Valley Tourism
Historic Hudson Valley
Hudson River Valley Greenway
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area