Orange County 
Balmville

History

Balmville is a hamlet located in the southeastern part of the Town of Newburgh. It covers 2.1 square miles and is home to approximately 3,200 people. 

Historic nineteenth – century Balmville has picturesquely styled residences situated on the gentle slope of the Hudson River's western shore with spectacular views towards the Hudson Highlands.

Balmville was the home of the Delano family - the maternal family of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is the western terminus of the Newburgh - Beacon Bridge, which carries 6 lanes of traffic from Interstate 84 as well as a pedestrian sidewalk across the Hudson River. 

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Points of Interest 

  •  The Balmville Grange #982 - The Grange is currently being restored, and is a center for community events such as hosting local bands, quilting and sewing groups, vendor fairs, and educational programs. 

  • The Powelton Club - Established in 1882 and spanning 100 acres,  this country club's facilities include golf, tennis, swimming pools and two full service restaurants. 

  • Gallery Billiards - Billiards Hall offering food, cocktails, happy hours and weekly leagues and tournaments. 

Cornwall on Hudson 

Cornwall-on-Hudson is a riverfront village in the town of Cornwall in Orange County. The village is on the west bank of the Hudson River about 60 miles north of New York City. The population is around 3,000.

 

Cornwall-on-Hudson is the home of the modern environmental movement. In 1962 Con Edison started plans to construct a hydroelectric power plant on the Village riverfront.  Village residents objected and the environmental organization Scenic Hudson was established and stopped the construction.  

Cornwall's Main Street includes gift shops, taverns, restaurants, coffeehouses, yoga studios and boutiques. Government offices, churches, parks, the riverfront, and St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital are situated within walking distance of downtown. The town is a designated Tree City.

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Points of Interest 

  • Storm King State Park - Storm King State Park offers unsurpassed views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. Hikers and hunters enjoy this undisturbed green space. 

  • Jones Farm - One of the few surviving farms in the Hudson Valley, Jones Farm offers an array of homegrown fruits and vegetables, and a country store for local produce, eggs, honey and gourmet foods. The in-house bakery Grandma Phoebe's Kitchen is known in the Hudson Valley for their fresh baked goods, proudly homemade from scratch.

  • Riverbank Historic House Museum  - This house has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is an example of early Italianate style design, which was just coming into popularity at the time of construction (1844). Also on the grounds is an archaeological site of an early pottery factory in operation from 1790 to 1860.

Highland Falls

History

Highland Falls, formerly named Buttermilk Falls, is a village in the Town of Highlands.  The village has a total area of 1.1 square miles, and is adjacent to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Founded in 1906, the village 's current population is approximately 3,900 . 

The military academy is the village’s main employer. Its half-mile-long Main Street is lined with charming buildings like the 1890s Italianate Village Hall, a former bank building that also houses the police department and historical society.  Also on Main Street are historic churches, two barbershops, an ice-cream parlor, an Irish bar and the 62-year-old Park Restaurant.

Ladycliff Park, a grassy sliver next to Main Street, is dotted with a few contemporary sculptures. To the west, Roe Park has playing fields, a pond and a flock of somewhat messy geese. 

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Points of Interest 

  • West Point Tours - Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Hudson River and the Hudson Highlands as you walk the roads of history beginning with West Point in 1778. Hear the story of West Point from the Revolutionary War to the present day.  Along the way, historical figures such as George Washington, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, and even Benedict Arnold help bring the story of West Point and our nation to life. 

  • Two Chicks Bewitched - Offering a wide variety of loose organic herbs, essential oils, handcrafted small batch bath products, incense, candles, jewelry, regular events, and more. Stop in for an Intuitive Tarot Reading, Henna Body Art, Reiki, or a Sound Healing session. 

  • South Gate Tavern -  Owned by an Irish immigrant, this bar is covered with mementoes from West Point, NYC, and the Hudson Valley. Enjoy live music or trivia along with your Guinness. 

Newburgh

History

Newburgh is located in the northeaster part of the county.  The city is only 4.8 square miles and is home to approximately 29,000 people. 

The Newburgh area was first settled in the early 18th century by the Germans and British. During the American Revolution, Newburgh served as the headquarters of the Continental Army

 

Mount Saint Mary College is a private liberal arts college stimulating the city's population and economy. Major corporations with significant operations in the city of Newburgh are Stop & ShopM&T BankChase BankVerizon CommunicationsCharter CommunicationsDunkin'McDonald'sMetro by T-MobileBoost Mobile, and Marshalls.

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Points of Interest 

  • Pride of the Hudson  - A cruise through the majestic Hudson Highlands aboard the Pride of the Hudson is a unique way to celebrate any occasion. Your adventure begins at the Newburgh Landing in Newburgh, NY. Your Captain will present a narration of the sights along the River including Mt. Beacon, Bannerman Island, Storm King Mountain, Breakneck Mountain, The Catskill Aqueduct, World's End, Cold Spring, and West Point.  

  • Motorcyclepedia Museum - Come Visit the world's largest Indian motorcycle collection. They are filled with many classic choppers and bikes from your favorite movies, shows, and Hollywood superstars. 

  • Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site - Visit the nation's first publicly owned historic site and tour the rooms where American history was made. In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions in shaping the American republic. 

Washingtonville

History

Washingtonville is a village in the town of Blooming Grove, NY. It is named after George Washington, and has a total land area of 2.54 square miles and a population of 5,700. 

Washingtonville was first settled in 1731. In 1809 John Jacques, a boot and shoemaker, set up his shop in this tiny settlement of nine houses, then known as Little York.  Jacques would later establish America’s Oldest winery in 1839, now known as Brotherhood Winery.

Washingtonville grew after the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railway built its branch through the village in 1850. Even though the railway tracks have been removed, the remains of the railroad building are located behind the former Agway Store, now Fulton Square.

 

Today, Washingtonville is a charming community with many young growing families. It is located within a short distance of Stewart Airport, as well as rail and bus lines for transportation to the New York City vicinity.

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Points of Interest

  • Brotherhood Winery -  Established in 1839, Brotherhood is the oldest winery in America. It offers tours, tastings, and live music, and a number of venues to host weddings or other events. 

  • Peace and Posture Massage Therapy -  Integrative customized therapeutic massage with options including CBD, aromatherapy, cupping, warm stones, trigger points, and reflexology. 

  • Amada's Kitchen - Second place winner at the Hudson Valley Taco Fest and located in the town of Washingtonville, you'll be sure to enjoy a meal here whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner.