How Valley Milk Helped Win the Civil War

Before the mid-1850s, Hudson Valley farms kept a cow or two to supply the family’s dairy needs. It took a scandal in New York City to turn the region into a milk mecca — and make it the birthplace of...
The Strange plot at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

The Hudson Valley’s Wildest Ghost Stories

Nobody can resist a good ghost story. That may be why the TV show “Ghosts,” set in the Hudson Valley, has such a devoted following. Our region has contributed its own share of spine-tingling tales. The ones that have stood...
A waterfall along the Indian Ladder Trail in Thacher State Park.

Get Inspired at These Five Indigenous History Sites

Not long after the last glacier receded from the Hudson Valley 10,000 years ago, the region’s wildlife-filled forests, rich soils, and fish-filled waterways began attracting people. By the time of first European contact, members of Algonquin-speaking tribes — Munsee and...

Valley History Writ Small: Iona Island

On a rainy weekend in May, a few dozen hardy and curious hikers gathered near Route 9W in Bear Mountain State Park. There they met Donald “Doc” Bayne, an environmental educator and historian at Sterling Forest State Park. Bayne was...

The Mountainside Ride That Opened Up the Catskills

As far as Hudson Valley mountain rails go, the Mount Beacon Incline Railway seems to get all the glory. From 1902 to 1978, it lifted some 3.5 million passengers to the 1,540-foot summit. There — at least for a time —...