When Henry Hudson sailed the Half Moon upriver in 1609, he was the first in a long list of remarkable people— presidents, inventors and industrialists, military and religious leaders, activists, artists, and authors – who shaped the history of the Hudson Valley and the United States. More than four centuries of history live on in significant sites and museums open to the public, from the commanding United States Military Academy at West Point to the fabulous Great Estates.
Points of Interest
Explore The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum where you can experience the Roosevelt presidency, from the Great Depression through World War II through special interactive exhibits, immersive audio-visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts. Then take a guided tour of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site where he and wife Eleanor lived and entertained dignitaries from around the world.
Walk the grounds of the 68-acre Boscobel House & Gardens featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. The Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River. Come explore this esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the Federal period..
Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church, the preeminent American artist of the mid-19th Century and the most important artist's home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Tour the home of the 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill mountains.