Those who live in the Hudson Valley have been able to experience all the history that lies around them. From historical parks to historical markers and homes to visit, there is something new to learn about our state, each day.

After learning about different towns within New York State, it's fascinating to find out that each town has its own story to tell during different time periods, Some Hudson Valley locations can date back to as early as the 1600's. It's possible that if you're from the Hudson Valley, that your ancestors helped settle land that we now call home.

Some well known, historical sites are Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, both in Hyde Park, NY. A post office in Rhinebeck, NY is known as a National Historic Site which FDR was a part of.

Some Historical, Hudson Valley Homes May Be Unknown

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Other Hudson Valley locations, homes and sites may not have as much community knowledge or attention. Uncle Sam's home is located in Catskill, NY. The basement of this home is now a tiki bar which is open to the public. 

A historic house in the Hudson Valley was once known as the "Spy House". This fascinating story explains how this home was occupied in the 1700's in Hurley, NY. Those who live in the area or have visited may already know that it's considered one of the oldest colonial houses in the town, alongside more historic homes on the same street.

The name of the "Spy House" came from an actual spy that was in the basement of this historic home.

There are historical homes that were once lived in by influential members of society. Some of these homesteads can be visited by the public. This step back in time allows those who visit to understand and learn what had to happen during that time to live in the present day in the Hudson Valley.

Imagine being able to visit where the first president of the United States once lived? It's located in the Hudson Valley.

How Did George Washington Influence The United States?

In school, we may have learned that George Washington was the first president of the United States. There is a lot more interesting information about him that may also go unknown.

According to,

"George Washington (1732-99) was commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83) and served two terms as the first U.S. president, from 1789 to 1797. The son of a prosperous planter, Washington was raised in colonial Virginia. As a young man, he worked as a surveyor then fought in the French and Indian War (1754-63). ", also explained that Washington led colonial forces during the American Revolution. This ended in victory against the British and he was then claimed as a hero.

In the 1780's, Washington made more history by writing the U.S Constitution. He signed the first copyright law in the United States. Washington also signed the very first Thanksgiving proclamation. This officially made November 26 a national day which we call Thanksgiving. 

 He was known for many more achievements that continue to be recognized today.

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What Is Washington's Headquarters And Where Is It In The Hudson Valley?

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is located in Newburgh, NY.

According to The New York State's Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Washington's Headquarters is known as, 

"the nation's first publicly owned historic site and tour of the rooms where American history was made. In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic."

How Long Did George Washington Live In The Hudson Valley?

George Washington lived at Washington's Headquarters. It is now a place where guests can visit to explore the history that took place. 

In 1850, the State of New York acquired and also opened Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site.

According to The New York State's Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Washington's Headquarters,

"is the first publicly owned and operated historic site in the Nation, a National Landmark, and a contributing property within Newburgh's 445-acre East End Historic District."

It is also explained that from April 1782 to August 1783, George Washington made this location his headquarters and also his home. During the 8+ years of the Revolution, Washington stayed the longest at what is now known as Washington Headquarters.

The Jonathan and Tryntje Hasbrouck family's fieldstone is also known as Washington's Headquarters where Washington resided.

How Can Guests Visit Washington's Headquarters?

Washington Headquarters is open to the public for guided tours. While on site, there is also a museum and option to tour the Tower of Victory.

Have you ever been to Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, NY? Would you visit? Share with us below.

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