Glebe House, Poughkeepsie’s Oldest House

By Charlie Blim, Urban Studies, Class of 2024. On Main Street, in Poughkeepsie, stands Glebe House, the oldest building in the city. It’s been there far longer than the Family Dollar next to it, the popular Pete’s Famous Restaurant across the street, and the arterials that encircle them all. Glebe House dates back to the… Continue reading Glebe House, Poughkeepsie’s Oldest House

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers Philipse Manor Hall embodies more than 300 years of Hudson Valley history. The site was a place of land dispossession, enslavement, and revolution. It encapsulates the complicated ties and divisions between European gentry, white laborers, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans. The oldest building in a New York urban center, it now… Continue reading Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site

Nine Partners Meeting House and Boarding School

Church Street and Route 343, Millbrook The Nine Partners Meeting House was built in 1745.  Quakers in the area had been meeting in each others’ homes for some years prior. In 1796, the New York Yearly Meeting, a central organizing body of Quakers in New York State, established a committee to open a boarding and… Continue reading Nine Partners Meeting House and Boarding School

Park Street AME Zion Church

1220 Park Street, Peekskill Built by formerly enslaved persons in 1852, the Park Street American Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church was part of the Underground Railroad. At the time of the church’s construction, New York State was nearing a quarter century of abolition. However, the United States as a whole would not follow suit for… Continue reading Park Street AME Zion Church

Sojourner Truth Birthplace

153 Carney Road, Rifton A small brick house standing on Carney Road is the birthplace of Sojourner Truth, a famous African American abolitionist and feminist. Born, circa 1797, to an enslaved, Dutch-speaking couple, Elizabeth and James Baumfree, Truth (originally named Isabella Baumfree) exemplified resistance against slavery in the Hudson Valley, while her legacy of anti-slavery… Continue reading Sojourner Truth Birthplace

The Alsdorf Family Homes

Washington Street, between Mill Street and William Street, Newburgh In the mid-nineteenth century, the Alsdorf family homes were important safe houses on the Underground Railroad. Many people escaping slavery through the Underground Railroad (a network of covert routes and safe houses) passed through the Hudson Valley on their journey northward. Those who did often went… Continue reading The Alsdorf Family Homes