Beacon, City of

Beacon blends bustling small city life with outdoor opportunities

A hip community in a walkable neighborhood, Beacon underwent a cultural revitalization in the 2000s, transforming from an industrial metropolis that manufactured hats, carpets and baby carriages and other commodities, to a welcoming home for families, locals and workday commuters.

The city encompasses about four square miles on the eastern shore of the Hudson River in southwestern Dutchess County and has been referred to as a “quaint city rediscovered. A walkable city that is like Old Europe,” by The New York Times.

Beacon boasts a historic downtown district with several historic sites, along with plentiful art galleries, theater and music venues, including the Towne Crier Cafe, where Peter Tork of The Monkees fame was once a regular player. The 2003 opening of Dia:Beacon—one of the largest modern art museums in our country—in the city’s former Nabisco box factory serves as an artistic community hub for families and individuals. In addition to artist collections and exhibitions, the museum also provides enrichment programs for fun and learning for kids and adults, including community, kid, school, teen, family and internship programs.

Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the surrounding region’s forests, mountains, waterfalls, river views, historic places and ruins, as well as hiking trails, parks, and farms. In fact, the singer/environmentalist Pete Seeger was one of Beacon's most famous residents and instrumental in forwarding environmental issues. As well, the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries on Main Street and in a state-of-the-art educational facility on Denning's Point, works to instill sustainable solutions for estuary and freshwater ecosystems throughout the region and state.

Commuters and locals appreciate Beacon’s weekday bus service and the proximity of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge that spans the Hudson River, Beacon train station and I-84 highway.  

Beacon's youth is served by the city’s school system; the competitive housing market includes plans to covert spaces in vacant factory buildings into residential units.  

If you’re wondering where Beacon got its name, it stems from the beacon fires that burned from the Fishkill Mountains to alert the Continental Army of the whereabouts of British Troops during the Revolutionary War. The land was purchased from native Wappinger tribe to become Beacon.

Population: 14,279
Median Home Value: $251,600

County: Dutchess, NY
Latitude: 41.50205919
Longitude: -73.99691994

1 Municipal Plz.
Beacon, NY 12508

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