10 Hudson Valley Trivia Tidbits Every Local Should Know

September 12, 2022 at 9:28 am

From a historic tavern in Rockland County to a famed abolitionist in Ulster County, there’s a wealth of trivia in the Hudson Valley.

From Hudson Valley Magazine

Whether you quiz your friends or brush up on your own Hudson Valley trivia, here are a few facts that may surprise you about the region.

Albany: The city of Albany is home to America’s first Shaker settlement, a Christian sect popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Columbia: The first mansion at Clermont Historic Site was built by Robert Livingston circa 1740; he inherited the land from his father, also named Robert Livingston. The younger Robert’s son, Robert Robert Livingston, was one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, who negotiated the Louisiana Purchase from the French.

Dutchess: Samuel F.B. Morse, well-known inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code, made Poughkeepsie his home in 1850 by building the Locust Grove estate. His prolific career also included painting, with works such as Gallery of the Louvre and Dying Hercules still on display across the U.S. The estate now houses exhibits on his inventions and paintings.

Greene: New York Zipline at Hunter Mountain boasts one of the highest, fastest, and longest ziplines in North America (and the world). The company offers both Mid-Mountain and Skyrider zip tours, which gives people the opportunity to see Hunter Mountain at different elevations. 

Orange: George Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh was where our future first president commanded the troops for 16½ months at the close of the Revolutionary War. It is the first publicly owned historic site in the nation. READ MORE  

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