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