Columbia County's Historic Sites
Austerlitz Historical Society
Rt 22, Austerlitz
A Museum Complex - Old Austerlitz, which houses artifacts, photos and memorabilia relating to the Town and a collection of 18th and 19th century buildings, the Society also offers a full slate of programs and events.
Clermont State Historic Site
400 Woods Rd (Off Rt 9G), Clermont
Livingston family estate. Tours offered April 1 - October 31, Tuesday - Sunday and Monday holidays 11am-5pm (last tour begins at 4pm) ; November - December, Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm (last tour begins at 3pm). The grounds and historic gardens are open all year offering picnicking, hiking, cross country skiing, and fabulous views of the Hudson River. Vehicle Fee in effect April 1 - October 31 (which is refunded with the purchase of a house tour ticket).
Columbia County Museum and Library*
5 Albany Ave, Kinderhook Village
Changing exhibits, research library
Monday, Thursday, Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am - 4pm; Sunday 12 - 4pm.
Edna St. Vincent Millay “Poetry Trail” at Steepletop
A 1/2 mile narrow country wood road for walking only is marked with a dozen favorite nature poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The trail ends at the final resting ground of the poet and her family.
Open all year - please use caution during inclement weather.
East Hill Road - 2 miles in from Route 22, south of Route 203, Austerlitz or 3/4 of a mile from the north end of East Hill Road - follow the historic site sign arrows on Rt 22.
Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Steepletop” House and Garden Tours
Bringing the life and writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay to the public and preserving and interpreting the character of Steepletop, her home and gardens, where nature inspires the creative spirit. House and Garden tours and Gallery exhibit Memorial Day weekend - Columbus Day weekend.
436 East Hill Rd, Austerlitz
FASNY Museum of Firefighting
117 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson
The FASNY Museum of Firefighting is the home of the premiere collection of American firefighting artifacts in the world, featuring 50 pieces of apparatus on display. Children’s activities include creative play in select fire engines and interactive activities and the McCadam Cheese Fire Safety Discovery Room. Whether you’re a family, a firefighter or a student of history, you will be amazed at the depth and variety of the museum’s vast collection. Hours 10-5 daily, closed major holidays. Admission: adults $5, Children 5 and over $2, children 4 and under-free and family rate (2 adults and their 2 children) $10.
Hudson Athens Lighthouse
The northern-most lighthouse on the Hudson River the Hudson-Athens lighthouse rises from the river like a tiny gem. Visitors may view the lighthouse from the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Ferry Street,
For more information on the Hudson River Lighthouses http://www.hudsonlights.com
Hudson Walking Tour - Portrait of a Fascinating City
MaryAnn Zimmerman, Hudson Valley Journeys
The city’s vast architectural history and its relation to the history of the residents; $12
Kinderhook Reformed Church
Kinderhook Reformed Church
21 Broad St, Kinderhook
Tours of this historic village church and the role of President Martin Van Buren. Tours offered June - mid-October during the Famer’s Market .
Livingston History Barn
County Route 19, Livingston
Small Museum with artifacts from the beginning of the settlement of the Town of Livingston. Research Room for genealogical work is available.
Open all year - Saturday 9am-1pm and by appointment on Wednesday evenings, please call 518-851-7206.
Luykas Van Alen House*
Rt 9H, Kinderhook
1737 Dutch farmhouse with mid-18th century furnishings; site used in Martin Scorsese’s
“The Age of Innocence”; property includes c. 1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse,
June - Columbus Day Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
1013 Old Post Road (off Route 9H), Kinderhook
The home and farm of the founder of the Democratic Party and the eighth president of the United States. The mansion is also where Van Buren managed two presidential campaigns and entertained politicians and celebrities during the turbulent 1840’s and 1850’s.
2012 marks the 25th year of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site.
Grounds open 7am - sunset all year. Daily 9am-4pm (May 20-October 31, 2013)
To learn more about our American presidents visit the National Park Service website
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Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9G, Hudson
http://www.olana.org or http://www.nysparks.com
Home and estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church; the 250 acre grounds are open year around 8am until sunset. Hiking, picnicking, birding, snow-shoeing and cross country skiing are available seasonally along with programs and special events. Recreational activities on the pond include fishing (with valid NYS fishing license and permit), kayaks and non-motored boats. Permits for these activities are available from the Site Manager’s office. Tours of the house are April - October Tuesday - Sunday and Monday holidays 10am-5pm (last tour at 4pm); November - March Friday - Sunday 11am - 4pm (last tour at 3pm). Vehicle Fee weekends April 1 - October 31(refunded with the purchase of a tour ticket).
Olana on the Move Backpacks
Museum Shop (also at the Wagon House Education Center on Weekends) Free
*Vehicle use fee applies
Explore the Olana landscape with self-guided activities to enrich family visits. Take your sketches home, or donate them to our ongoing public exhibit. Must leave a photo ID until backpack is returned.
Wagon House Education Center/Farm Complex, All ages Free *Vehicle use fee applies
Create art in the landscape-not such an outlandish idea! Frederic Church sketched outside noting details in nature and went back to the studio to paint. Drop-in for sketch paper, pencils and clipboards. Head out into Olana’s picturesque landscape to sketch your very own view. Come back to the “studio” to use colored pencils, oil pastels and watercolors to finish your artwork.
Robert Jenkins House
113 Warren St, Hudson
Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s 1811 Federal style house containing a local history and genealogical research room, as well as a collection of artifacts relating to Hudson’s whaling industry and Civil War involvement. It is furnished with period pieces and paintings by artists of the Hudson River School; July - Columbus Day, Saturdays 1-5pm or call for an appointment.
Roeliff Jansen Histoircal Society
Rt 344 & Miles Rd (near Taconic State Park)
Local history of the Roeliff Jansen area of Columbia County (Ancram, Copake, Hillsdale, Gallatin and Taghkanic).
July - August Saturday & Sunday 2-4pm
Samuel Tilden Gravesite
Cemetery of the Evergreens, Cemetery Rd, off Rt 22, New Lebanon.
Winner of the 1876 election by 250,000 votes but lost the election by one electoral point.
Shaker Museum & Library at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village
202 Shaker Rd, New Lebanon
Shaker Museum Rd, off County Route 13, Old Chatham - Administrative Office
Seasonal calendar of exhibitions, lectures, tours, and workshops at America’s most significant Shaker historic site, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village—call or visit website for schedule. Research library by appointment in Old Chatham.
Guided Summer Tours at Mount Lebanon: Restoring the Shakers’ Village
July 7-September 3, 2012
Saturday - Monday with Self guided tours from 11am-4pm and Free guided tours at 11:30am and 2pm.
Vanderpoel House of History*
Broad Street (Rt 9), Kinderhook Village
Also known as the House of History, is a distinguished example of Federal period architecture. Various exibits and events throughout the year.
* Owned and operated by the Columbia County Historical Society