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Historic Hudson’s Hidden Gems of Greenport Tour

Rural Intelligence Road TripsThat’s right, Greenport.  It’s easy to dismiss this sprawling town, which embraces the city of Hudson on all borders except riverfront.  The part north of the city, anchored by Fairview Avenue, is notable mostly for its strip malls.  But even within this region, a textbook example of the consequences of a hands-off approach to urban-planning, and, more predictably, in the woodsier eastern and southern parts, there remain traces of an intriguing past.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, when Hudson first prospered, what is now called Greenport was then that city’s countryside, and some of the most significant antique buildings in the county are situated there.  These days, while driving through, we might occasionally spot something that looks surprisingly good.  This weekend, thanks to Historic Hudson, five properties built between 1721 and 1815 will be open for touring.  Instead of glimpsing and wondering, we finally get to go inside and find out.

Rural Intelligence Road TripsThe buildings range in style from early Dutch to Federal and Greek Revival.  The one shown at right, Eastview,  is remarkable for its matching convex pediments.  The interiors of another, the H. A. Dubois House, remain virtually as they were in 1830.  Yet another features elements fashioned from marble and limestone quarried nearby.  The founders of Hudson’s whaling industry came from Nantucket and Rhode Island; one, Alexander Jenkins, built a house on what is now Joslyn Boulevard that is purported to have once had a tunnel connecting its cellars to the river.

The tour includes a viewing of Spook Rock, the setting of a popular local legend involving star-crossed native-American lovers, and the Columbia Turnpike West Toll House, with it’s two-foot-thick stone walls, where, until 1907, travelers on the road that is now 23B were made to stop and pay for the right to proceed. 

The day culminates with a cocktail reception at perhaps the most magnificent house of them all— the Hudson Bush Farm (top photo), listed on the National Register of Historic Places and admired both for its architectural grace and extensive gardens.

Historic Hudson House Tour
Saturday, October 17; 10 a.m. -  5 p.m.
Tickets: tour only/$40 (reservations appreciated)
Benefit cocktail party 6 p.m. - 8 p.m./$75 (reservations required)
Tour and party/$100
To download reservation form, click here
Mail checks to Historic Hudson, 611 Warren Street., Hudson, 12534.
Tickets and directions on Saturday, October 17 at the Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street

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