February 20, 2009
The Hudson River Valley is one of 40 National Heritage Areas in the United States. Designated by Congress in 1996 in recognition of the significant history that is part of the region’s fabric, OSI has conserved tens of thousands of acres throughout the historic Valley.
This year New York State celebrates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration up the river that now bears his name. In honor of the Quadricentennial, we will periodically explore some of the great properties and parks that OSI has protected in the region.
Whether Presidential homes, the places where Native Americans and early settlers lived, the viewsheds surrounding them, or the battlefields where history was made, we invite you to tour some of the properties OSI is proud to have conserved. Here, we have highlighted some of our Presidential sites. Many are restored, interpreted and open to the public, and links with information on visiting the sites follow below.
"I’ve done quite a few other things, and this is what I want to do,” said 30-year-old Kyle Rockefeller, who attended the University of Maryland on a baseball scholarship, but returned home to work as a dairy farmer. “I like my one-lane dirt road traffic when I come home at night.”