Back to Our Colonial Roots

In our Mid-Hudson region, we are fortunate that some touchstones of actual 18th century life are still extant. Washington’s Headquarters in downtown Newburgh is one. Knox’s Headquarters and Edmonston House in Vails Gate are two more. The cast blue and gold state historic markers along our roads hint that we had many more sites that told our story as a colonial territory. Continue reading

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Proudly Launching A Newburgh Giant

By Mary McTamaney

One hundred eight years ago this week, ten thousand people gathered along the shore at Newburgh just where the modern boat launch meets the gates to the former Consolidated Iron Works scrap yard. That was the location of the great Marvel Shipyards where vessels of many types were designed and built in the days when Newburgh was a powerful shipbuilding city. Early in the twentieth century, Marvel was creating steamboats of various sizes. The grandest of them all was the 400-foot Hendrick Hudson. On March 31, 1906, the completed hull of the Hendrick Hudson was sent “down the ways” and into the river. Continue reading

The Once-Crowded Waterfront

By Mary McTamaney

Last week, I sighed as I backed into an easy curbside parking place and walked to the Downing Film Center on Front Street to watch the simulcast performance of a great American play, A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller. Seeking a parking place near the Newburgh waterfront will soon be a challenge again as Spring turns to Summer and more folks come to enjoy the Hudson River. Continue reading

Swift Movement Over the Hudson

Swift Movement Over the Hudson

This morning over the Hudson River, Mother Nature gave us a beautiful display of swift movement – like most of us during the holiday season. We hope that you take some time to step back from the rush and enjoy the view. Happy Holidays!

Posted by Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands on Thursday, December 24, 2015

 
This morning over the Hudson River, Mother Nature gave us a beautiful display of swift movement – like most of us during the holiday season. We hope that you take some time to step back from the rush and enjoy the view. Happy Holidays!

Author Speaks on Newburgh’s Role in Grapes of the Hudson Valley

NEWBURGH, NY – During the early years of the nineteenth century, the Hudson Valley was the “breadbasket of the United States,” which was one historian’s way of describing the rise of commercial agriculture. A high demand for American foodstuffs by Europe led thousands of farmers to migrate to New York, taking advantage of the fertile land west of the Hudson River and a close proximity to the markets of New York City. Continue reading

Newburgh History

Early History

The City of Newburgh is located on the west shore of the Hudson River on the lands once occupied by the Waoranek peoples, part of the Lenape tribe of the Algonquin nation.

In 1609, Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing under contract to the Dutch government on his ship the Half Moon, was the first European to explore the river as far north as Newburgh. Sailing past present day Newburgh, Hudson’s first mate noted in his journal that this was “a pleasant place to build a town.” Continue reading