Introduction to Hudson, New York
The Mahican tribe of Native Americans originally inhabited this region. Dutch settlers purchased the land in 1662 when it was known as "Claverack Landing." New England whalers and merchants settled in this area and laid out a city grid. The community was named "Hudson" for the explorer Henry Hudson, as well as for its proximity to the Hudson River. It was incorporated as a city in 1785. It became an active port, and by 1830, it was one of the largest cities in the State of New York. However, during the late 19th and early 20th century, it developed a reputation for its gambling and prostitution, and it gradually declined through the 1960s and 70s. The mid-1980s witnessed a revival, and businesses flourished once again.
Hudson and Nearby Attractions
- American Museum of Firefighting
- Olana State Historic Site
- Robert Jenkins Home
- Mount Washington State Forest
- Art Omi Sculptural Garden
- Berkshire Botanical Garden
- Waterfront Park
Things To Do In Hudson
The city is home to several places of historic interest. Landscape painter Frederic Church's home, now known as the Olana State Historic Site, is located in Hudson. The American Museum of Fire Fighting showcases steam, motor, horse-drawn, and hand-pulled apparatus. The Georgian home of Martin van Buren, the United States' eighth president, and Judge James Vanderpoel's Federal mansion are among other sites of historic interest nearby. Hudson River Islands State Park offers facilities for fishing, hiking, boating, and picnicking. The city also offers easy access to the Mount Washington State Forest where visitors can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. The residents of Hudson also host the Riverfront Fair, and the Hudson ArtsWalk in September every year.
Air transportation is available from the Albany International Airport.
Hudson Higher Education
Hudson is home to the Columbia-Greene Community College. SUNY New Paltz, Berkshire Community College, and Bard College are located nearby.