* Owned and operated by the Columbia County Historical Society
Preserving our stories for one-hundred years (1916-2016)
Austerlitz Historical Society
11550 Rt 22, Austerlitz
“Old Austerlitz”—a living history museum complex—is home to the Austerlitz Historical Society and its collection of artifacts, photos and memorabilia relating to the Town. Interspersed among the bucolic grounds are eight functioning 18th and 19th century buildings, including the 1794 Morey-Devereaux House and Barn, a working Blacksmith’s Shop (1850s), a small Community Church (1853) and a One-Room Schoolhouse (1852). The Society also offers a full slate of programs and events, including workshops in Open Hearth Cooking, Blacksmithing, and historic arts and crafts, in addition to hosting its renowned annual Blueberry and Autumn in Austerlitz Festivals.
Clermont State Historic Site
400 Woods Rd (off Rt 9G), Germantown
Livingston family estate. Historic Mansion Tours offered April 1 - October 31, Wednesday - Sunday and Monday holidays 11am-4pm (last tour begins at 3pm) ; November - December, Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm (last tour begins at 2pm). 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-October 31.
Columbia County Museum and Library*
5 Albany Ave, Kinderhook Village
The Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library includes two galleries of changing exhibitions, the Barbara P. Reilly Memorial research library and reading room, collection storage, museum store, and administrative offices. With changing exhibits and research library. Seasonal Mon, Thurs, Fri-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm.
Copake Iron Works Historic Site
33 Valley View Rd, Copake Falls
Friends of Taconic State Park invites visitors to tour the 19th century Copake Iron Works historic site. The site was established in 1845 along the Bash Bish Brook at the base of the Taconic Mountain Range. In 2007, the historic site and 18 acres surrounding it were listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Sites. The Copake Iron Works Historic District comprises all of the buildings and structures in the Iron Works including the historic blast furnace, three workers’ houses and the now-flooded ore pit, as well as Church of St. John in the Wilderness. The public is welcome and urged to take self-guided tours the Copake Iron Works year round during daylight hours. Docent-led tours are Sat and Sun 2-4pm, Memorial Day - Labor Day.
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
436 East Hill Rd, Austerlitz
Guided tours of the historic home and gardens Thursday through Monday Memorial Day weekend - Columbus Day weekend. Group and private guided tours are also available and must be scheduled in advance. Grounds and picnic passes are available daily. More information on website about free open houses and various events throughout the season
FASNY Museum of Firefighting
117 Harry Howard Ave, Hudson
The FASNY Museum of Firefighting is the home of the premiere collection of American firefighting artifacts in the world, featuring 60 pieces of apparatus on display! Children’s activities include creative play on selected fire engines, hands-on activities and the Cabot/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 $7, children 3 and over $5, children 2 and under-free and family rate-(2 adults and their 2 children) $20
Hudson Athens Lighthouse
Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, Ferry St, Hudson
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. Tours offered the second Saturday from July – October.
For tour reservations call 518-822-1014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hudson Walking Tour - Portrait of a Fascinating City
MaryAnn Zimmerman, Hudson Valley Journeys
917-880-6732 or email@example.com
Tour the city of Hudson - the History of the city from its founding in 1784, its vibrant architecture, its cultural diversity. Fee: $14 per person
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 Farmer’s Market.
Livingston History Barn
119 Cty Rt 19, Livingston (behind Town Hall)
Town of Livingston History Barn
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
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967, the Luykas Van Alen house is a restored house museum representing 18th century rural Dutch farm life in the Hudson River Valley. Also available on the property is the Dutch Farming Heritage Trail linking the Luykas Van Alen property with the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, ‘Lindenwald’; site used in Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence”. Open for tours Tues, Sat and Sun 11am-4pm through Columbus Day weekend. Visit the Columbia County Historical Society website for its 100-year celebration events.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
1013 Old Post Rd (off Rt 9H), Kinderhook
518-758-9689 or MAVAinfo@NPS.GOV
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. Grounds open 7am - sunset all year. Enjoy the Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail - a 1.5 mile trail connecting MVBHNS to Luykas Van Alen Historic Site with trail head at both sites. May-October: Daily 9am-4pm, November: Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm, please call ahead for tour schedule.
To learn more about our American presidents visit the National Park Service website:
AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
Olana State Historic Site
5720 Rt 9G, Hudson
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. Advance purchase of tour tickets strongly encouraged. Celebrating their 50th year with special events - see complete list on their website.
Historic Landscape Tours
Olana’s 250-acre naturalistic landscape is one of Frederic Church’s great works of art, and it exists today as one of the most intact artist-designed landscapes in the United States - in the birthplace of Hudson River School art movement. Tour options include Electric Vehicle Tour, Walking Landscape Tour, and Digital Landscape Tour. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended, however walk-ins are welcome but not guaranteed.
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.
Open by appointment.
Roeliff Jansen Historical 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). Hours: 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 l Mount Lebanon
202 Shaker Rd, New Lebanon
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. Open June - October, Friday-Monday 10am-4pm for guided tours. Research library by appointment in Old Chatham.
Vanderpoel House of History*
Broad St (Rt 9), Kinderhook Village
The Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library includes two galleries of changing exhibitions, the Barbara P. Reilly Memorial research library and reading room, collection storage, museum store, and administrative offices. With changing exhibits and research library. Seasonal Tues, Sat and Sun 11am - 4pm through Columbus Day weekend. Visit the Columbia County Historical Society website for its 100-year celebration events.