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12517, Iron Works Museum, Copake Falls, NY, Columbia County, Copake Iron Works machine shop, museum Copake Iron Works Museum

518-329-3993 
  The Copake Iron Works Museum is located at 8 Miles Road, next to the Copake Falls Post Office, Copake Falls, NY 12517 in Columbia County.

The small building that now houses the Copake Iron Works Museum, was formerly the Copake Iron Works machine shop. Copake Iron Works was established in 1845 and ceased operation in the 1920's. It was acquired by Taconic State Park in 1928.

Copake Iron Works Museum - established in 1845, iron remained active until 1903. The charcoal blast furnace, blowing engine house, machine shop, office and powder storage building still remain and are open to the public.

Hours of Operation
The museum is only open for monthly events (usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month, September-May) and during the Summer Exhibit (July -October, Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4pm), the Museum is also open by appointment.

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12526, National Landmark District, American Revolution / War of Independence, attractions, Things To Do, Bird Watching, Historic House, Group Tours, museum, Farm, Food & Music Festival Clermont "State Historic Site"

518-537-4240 
  Clermont State Historic Site, overlooking the Hudson River, is located at One Clermont Avenue, Germantown, NY 12526 in Columbia County in the Hudson River Valley. Clermont State Historic Site was the Hudson River seat of New York's politically and socially prominent Livingston Family. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the site's architecture, room interiors, and landscape.

Robert R. Livingston, Jr. was Clermont's most notable resident. His accomplishments include: drafting the Declaration of Independence, serving as first U.S. Minister of Foreign Affairs, administering the oath of office to George Washington, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and developing steamboat technology with Robert Fulton. Today, Clermont appears much as it did in the early 20th century . . . Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Clermont is an anchor in the 1990 Hudson River National Landmark District.

American Revolution / War of Independence
Because of the Livingston family's prominent role in support of independence, Clermont was burned by British troops under the command of General John Vaughan during a foray up the Hudson River in the autumn of 1777. Margaret Beekman Livingston, who managed the estate during most of the war years, rebuilt the family home between 1779 and 1782.

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Things To Do at Clermont, Home of the Steamboat
Bird Watching
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Guided Bird Walk
Historic House
Special Events
    Candlelight tours of museum and grounds
    Child's Christmas (stories and treats)
    Croquet Tournament
    Farm, Food & Music Festival

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 Hudson Educational Activity | Attractions for Kids

Hudson's antiques shops, Things To Do at Harrier Hill Park, Bird Watching and Nature Study at Harrier Hill Park, Hiking and walking trails, Winter Activities, Cross county skiing, Stockport-Greenport Trail, birding, Antique shopping, restaurants Hudson Harrier Hill Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Harrier Hill Park
City of Hudson, Columbia County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

This beautiful grassland offers splendid long-distance views of the Catskills and the Hudson River. These protected acres in Columbia County include meadows, wooded bluffs and a hay farm, all near the Stockport Flats Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Harrier Hill Park is maintained in cooperation with the Columbia Land Conservancy.

From Scenic Hudson: "After a morning browsing through Hudson's antiques shops, Harrier Hill offers the perfect counterpoint - nature at its most sublime. The park's location atop an open ridge makes it a standout for savoring vistas immortalized by Frederic Church, Thomas Cole and fellow painters in the Hudson River School. In fact, there's no better place to survey the rugged grandeur of the Catskill Mountains or the lordly river that flows before them. For a real treat, stick around for the sunset. In the park's pavilion, shaped like a corncrib in homage to the land's previous incarnation as a dairy farm, you can escape the sun, but keep your binoculars handy. The surrounding fields, also protected by Scenic Hudson, support a wide variety of birds - including the Northern harrier, the hawk for which the park is named. Grasslands in the valley and elsewhere are vanishing at an alarming rate, eliminating essential bird habitat. Here's one meadow where our feathered friends will always be welcome."

Things To Do at Harrier Hill Park
Bird Watching and Nature Study
Hiking and Walking Trails
Parks
Picnicking at Harrier Hill Park

    Winter Activities at Harrier Hill Park
    Cross Country Skiing
    Snowshoeing
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A short, universally accessible trail leads from the parking area past a farm pond to the pavilion. The 2-mile Stockport-Greenport Trail, which traverses a dramatic ravine, connects with additional hiking opportunities in the Greenport Conservation Area.

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After a day of birding, walking, or Antiquing shopping in Hudson, enjoy eating out at one of the excellent restaurants in Hudson in Columbia County, New York.

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12534, Olana State, historic house in Hudson, NY, guided tours, Things To Do, Bird Watching, Gardens, Hiking Trails, Historic Site, Maurice Sharp Gallery, Museum Store, Picnic Area, Scenic Views, American artists, Hudson River School Olana "State Historic Site"

518-828-0135 
  Olana State Historic Site, overlooking the Hudson River, is located at 5720 Route 9-G, Hudson, NY 12534 in Columbia County in the Hudson River Valley. Olana is a masterpiece created by Frederic Edwin Church (1826 - 1900), one of the most renowned American artists of the Hudson River School. The stone, brick, and polychrome stenciled Persian-style villa is the best known element of Olana. Church designed "the castle" as the family home for his wife and four children, as well as a multidimensional work of art.

Olana encompasses the house, the farm and the entire 250-acre estate. The picturesque landscape, with panoramic vistas of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, like the house, was designed by Church. Visitors throughout the year enjoy guided and self-guided tours of the Church-inspired landscape.

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Things To Do
Artists (Children can stop by the Wagon House for pencils and paper.)
Bird Watching
Gardens
Gift Shop
Guided Tours
Hiking Trails / Walking on the carriage roads
Historic Site
Maurice Sharp Gallery
Museum Store
Picnic Area
Scenic Views

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12106, Historic Site, Columbia County in the Hudson Valley, history, ante bellum America, Lindenwald, America during the 1840's and 1850's, American politicians, eighth President, economic depression, extending slavery, Van Buren opposed extension Martin Van Buren National "Historic Site"

518-758-9689 
  Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is located at 1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook NY 12106, Columbia County in the Hudson Valley. "The history associated with Martin Van Buren and the culture of ante bellum America are deep, rich veins for discovering much about the country. Likewise, his farm Lindenwald provides a microcosm for us to learn about the transformations taking place in America during the 1840's and 1850's.

"Van Buren was preeminent among the second generation of American politicians. As eighth President, the first born under the U.S. flag, he continued building the Democratic Party he helped organize. His administration faced daunting challenges: The nation suffered a severe and lingering economic depression. Crises with Great Britain, Spain, and the Republic of Texas taxed his diplomatic skills.

"Most troubling throughout his political career was the issue of extending slavery into new states. Van Buren opposed extension while still trying to cultivate a coalition of northern and southern interests. The issue divided the nation and his party and foreshadowed the whirlpool of frustration, anger and violence which was to consume the country in the 1860's."

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