The Hudson Valley as we know it is filled with endless eateries, plenty of outdoor activities to take part in during all four seasons and historical sites that share a glimpse of the past.

While we enjoy the beautiful settings within each town, we often forget about those who came here to help settle the lands, which may be our ancestors.

The Hudson Valley was once a place where historical figures of society and all around the world would visit.

The Hudson Valley Has Been Visited By Historical Figures Who Changed The World


Historical heroes may not only have visited the Hudson Valley but resided here too.

General George Washington spent time in Newburgh, NY where Washington Headquarters is located. 

The most popular historical figure to live in the Hudson Valley was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, also referred to as FDR. He was the 32nd president of the United States and resided with his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt in Hyde Park, NY.

Eleanor was known for her efforts in human rights, assisted those who were less fortunate and most importantly, helped women expand their roles in the workplace. 

Sojourner Truth was known for her efforts in the civil and women's rights movement, advocating for others and sharing her inspirational stories about freedom. Some residents didn't know that she was also born in the Hudson Valley.

It's no surprise that Eleanor's uncle and FDR's cousin would play a role in the Hudson Valley as well. Theodore Roosevelt Jr was the uncle to Eleanor Roosevelt and also a fifth cousin to FDR.

A Well Liked President Made An Appearance In The Hudson Valley


Theodore Roosevelt Jr, also known as Teddy, was the 26th President of the United States in 1901.

According to, President Roosevelt was born in 1858, into a wealthy family who resided in New York City. He graduated from Harvard College in 1880.

At the time, Roosevelt was also the youngest president in history, he was 42 years office when became President.

President Theodore Roosevelt Led An Exciting Life In New York


According to,

Roosevelt was known for being,

"the great “trust buster” for his strenuous efforts to break up industrial combinations under the Sherman Antitrust Act. He was also a dedicated conservationist, setting aside some 200 million acres for national forests, reserves and wildlife refuges during his presidency."


President Roosevelt Won A Nobel Peace Prize.


President Roosevelt was involved in events all around the world.

"Upon the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Roosevelt left his post as naval secretary to become colonel of the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, known as the “Rough Riders.” Once in Cuba, Roosevelt led the Rough Riders in a brave, costly uphill charge in the Battle of San Juan; he returned home as one of the war’s most visible heroes."

Roosevelt also had ties to New York state as he received a job on the U.S. Civil Service Commission. It wasn't until 1895, that he became president of the New York City Board of Police Commissioners. He was also named as assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy.

President Roosevelt continued after this time and only grew stronger. His famous quote that recommended that Americans should " “speak softly and carry a big stick” " will live on.

How Was New York State Influenced By President Theodore Roosevelt?

President Roosevelt resided in New York state. According to the National Park Service,

"Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. During Roosevelt's time in office, his "Summer White House" was the focus of international attention. Explore 83 acres of natural surroundings and historic buildings and become inspired by the legacy of one of America's most popular presidents."

Under the National Park Service, this historic home is open for guided tours only. Sagamore Hill is located at 20 Sagamore Hill Road in Oyster Bay ,NY.

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Do You Recognize Where President Theodore Roosevelt Is Standing In The Hudson Valley?

Friends of Historic Kingston shared a picture of President Theodore Roosevelt on their Facebook page. This picture shows Teddy Roosevelt at a campaign stop in the Hudson Valley. This took place in October of 1900 in Kingston, NY. It was from the FHK Postcard Collection.

It would be great to know more details as to where exactly in Kingston that President Theodore is standing. Can you identify any street signs, any buildings?

Let us know below.

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Restaurants and Stores The Hudson Valley Misses The Most

If you could bring back any store, restaurant or favorite business from the past, which would you choose?

The Hudson Valley was filled with places to visit for our favorite meals, special occasions or simply just for grocery shopping. Some of us may have spent our birthdays at these locations or shared sweet memories that we will remember forever.

Here Are The Restaurants and Stores The Hudson Valley Misses The Most

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