Madam Brett Park
Beacon, Dutchess County
Hudson River Valley, New York State
From Scenic Hudson: "Madam Brett Park hugs Fishkill Creek, which played a prominent role in Beacon's development. Along it stood a gristmill owned by the park's namesake — Catheryna Rombout Brett (1687-1764), the first European settler in the present-day city. The mill was an important gathering place for farmers and Native Americans inhabiting both shores of the Hudson River hereabouts. In the 1800s, the creek powered a profusion of hat factories (including the Tioronda Hat Works, located in the brick building adjacent to the park), which earned Beacon the nickname "New York's Hat-Making Capital.
"Today the park provides a perfect place to explore the ecology of a vital Hudson River tributary and the tidal wetland at its mouth. Fishkill Marsh supports an extraordinary variety of wildlife. It furnishes a home for amphibians and aquatic mammals, including muskrats; serves as a hunting ground for ospreys, bald eagles and other raptors; and is a stopover for migratory birds. A boardwalk and observation platforms afford up-close discoveries of these and other creatures. A waterfall at the park's eastern end is especially impressive and raucous in spring or after heavy rains."
Things To Do at Madam Brett Park
Hiking / Walking Trails
Winter Activities at Madam Brett Park
Cross Country Skiing
Visit the waterfall at the park's eastern end in spring or after heavy rains.
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Spend the afternoon or whole day visiting Madam Brett Park. When it's time to eat, enjoy a picnic or select from one of the many excellent
restaurants in Dutchess County.