People and Places

Hudson River Events, People and Places from A to Z

America's First River: Bill Moyers on the Hudson "It's quite a river, the Hudson, flowing from near the Canadian border down past New York harbor to the Atlantic... And it's quite a story we report in AMERICA'S FIRST RIVER, from the American Revolution to the epic battle between Jack Welch, former Chairman of General Electric, and people up and down the Hudson who fought him tooth and toenail over PCBs dumped in the river by GE."

Bannerman Castle
Bannerman Castle Trust "Pollepel: An Island Steeped in History"

Bannerman's Island Arsenal From the acclaimed Hudson Valley Ruins web site.

Books Hard to find gems of Hudson River history, mystery and lore.

Books: On-Line Many out of print books or hard to find articles. Free to read on-line!

Boscobel The house was completed in 1808 for the States Dyckman family and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country.

Catskill Archive A great site for the history of hotels, railroads and towns in the Catskills.

Clermont Established in 1728, this 500 acre historic site is the former estate of Robert Livingston, Jr.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Cole was a major player in the Hudson River School. Visit his home in Catskill, NY.

Croton Point Tales of life at "Interwasser" woven with world-famous wine, brickmaking and War of 1812 watermelons.

Danskammer Point Here was the Edward Armstrong mansion where a Cuban sugar broker, Juan Jacinto Jova, built a brickmaking empire.

Delaware and Hudson Canal This engineering feat of pre-industrial America brought a new form of energy from the hills of Pennsylvania to the Hudson River.

Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson: His Life and Voyages 400 years ago, Hudson, sailing into the mouth of a wide river near today's New York City (later named the "Hudson" River), was unsuccessful at finding a way to the Orient. He then was arrested in England for sailing under another nation's flag.

Historic Hudson Valley Visit manors, mansions and a church in a network of historic sites in Sleepy Hollow Country.

Hoopla On the Hudson Award-winning Hudson Valley historian Lincoln Diamant has translated his father’s day-by-day reports of the Great 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration.

The Hudson: The River That Defined America A new website on Henry Hudson's arrival, the Dutch settlement and the River today with image galleries and video interviews!

Hudson River Chains to block the British at Ft. Washington, Ft. Montgomery and West Point.

Hudson River Heritage Committed to preserving the unique character of the Mid-Hudson Valley's historic architecture, rural landscapes and scenic viewsheds, HRH acts as steward for the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District, a 32-square-mile area stretching from Staatsburg, in Dutchess County to Clermont, in Columbia County. This area is rich with country estates, small hamlets, and breathtaking landscapes.

Tarrytown Light
Hudson River Lights Information, pictures and histories of all the Hudson River lighthouses. Includes some virtual tours.

Hudson River Maritime Museum The only museum in New York State exclusively preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it.

Hudson River Maritime Museum's History Pages:
Henry Hudson and Early Hudson River History
Hudson River Sloops in the Age of Sail

A Hudson River Portfolio (NO LONGER AVAILABLE) Prints, maps, photographs, guidebooks, histories and literature from the 19th century have been scanned and organized for the student, scholar and general audiences. Material is from the collections of the New York Public Library (Webmaster Note: What a shame! This wonderful resource has been removed from the NY Public Library website.)

Thomas Cole
The Hudson River School: Views of Natural Wonder.

Hudson River School Art Trail Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Gifford and other pioneering American artists, and see the landscapes that launched the Hudson River School of Art.

Hudson River Valley Heritage One of the best Hudson Valley history sites on the Web. Provides online access to historical materials such as atlases, newspapers and photos.

Hudson River Valley Institute
Hudson River Valley Institute Located at Marist College, its mission is to study and to promote the Hudson River Valley and to provide resources for educators, tourists, environmental organizations, the business community and the general public.

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area This is one of 49 Congressionally designated National Heritage Areas in the United States. The website promotes a network of designated Heritage Sites, classified by theme and amenities. Videos, blogs and other resources help all to "Explore the Heritage!"

Hudson River Books Hard-to-find gems of Hudson Valley history, mystery and lore.

Hudson Valley Ruins Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape. Includes the Hudson Valley Demolition Alert.

Newburgh Beacon Bay Celebration Nice site from the 2009 Quadricentennial.

Olana Visit the estate of famed Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church.

Rosendale Natural Cement was used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, the wings of the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, Grand Central Terminal and the Croton Aqueduct.

Scenic Hudson: protecting the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley and the unique character of the Hudson River towns.

Slabsides Learn about the rustic cabin where John Burroughs wrote some of the essays that made him America's foremost nature writer of his time.

Stony Point Tour the Battlefield and Lighthouse. This is a NY State Historic Site.

Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt Read about his famous trip from the source of the Hudson (Lake Tear of the Clouds) to the White House.

Virtual History Tour of the Upper Hudson Region A River Runs Through It, edited by Rebecca Haynes

Virtual Trip on the Historic Hudson River A wonderful resource for students, educators, and those interested in the history, culture, and conservation of the Hudson River Valley. Features William Wade's 1846 Panorama of the Hudson River!

West Point Foundry The site was chosen as one of four federally-subsidized foundry sites by President Madison in 1812. The "Parrot Gun" was made here in the 1860s and shot farther and more accurately than any other weapon at the time. It is credited for helping the Union Army win the Civil War.