Red Hook, Town of

Red Hook's history and appeal

Red Hook, New York, sits on slightly more than one square mile in northern Dutchess County and was named, so it’s said, from the red foliage that characterizes the area in the fall. 

Located near the Hudson River, the walkable town has its own school district and contains the villages of Red Hook and Tivoli. Rich in history, Red Hook's earliest natives were Mohican, Munsee and Lenape tribes who traded fur with Europeans. Albany's first Mayor bought land from the region’s natives; cattle, horses and sheep were brought to the area by the Europeans.

There’s more. The town’s Red Hook Society for the Apprehension and Detention of Horse Thieves is one of the oldest organizations in New York State and still holds annual meetings. As well, the Elmendorf Inn dates back to 1760 when it was an old stagecoach stop on the Albany Post Road. Now a community center, the inn has one of the country's few extant working historic hearths, including a rare "beehive" oven and accommodates meetings, family celebrations, exhibits, programs and get-togethers. Another interesting point is that patriots residing in Red Hook were part of the country’s Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, with historical markers at some nearby stately homes.

Today, many people visit the town’s Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome that founded in 1958 to learn about aviation and see air shows and vintage aircraft. Families and visitors also enjoy Poet’s Walk’s two miles stretch that was named for literary giants like Washington Irving who traversed there in the past. There’s also Greig Farm, a fun place for young and old to pick produce and take advantage of breakfast and lunch meals. And, for seasonal fun, every year Theater On The Road brings A Christmas Carol to Murray's, a church that has been converted to a performance space and café.

For more than 200 years Red Hook with its inns has been providing hospitality to the region. 

Population: 11,238
Median Home Value: $279,100

County: Dutchess, NY
Latitude: 42.02411861
Longitude: -73.94796688

7340 S Broadway
Red Hook, NY 12571

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