Dutchess County is home to many towns such as Red Hook, Fishkill, Beacon, Pine Plains, and many others in its 825 square mile area, but there are two specific towns that I want to talk about: the historic Hyde Park and my town, Rhinebeck.
Both Hyde Park and Rhinebeck are historic in many different ways, and they bring visitors in from all over the country for a few reasons.
Hyde Park is the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (F.D.R.), the 32nd President of the United States. His home is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. From personal experience, F.D.R.’s home is an amazing place with an abundance of history every square inch.
As I said, this was a wonderful experience, and if you’re in the area, I suggest making the trip to take a tour of this beautiful property. The following video is a bit lengthy, but it gives a great glimpse of what the real-life tour would be like.
Now that you can see how beautiful Roosevelt’s home is, let’s take a trip to my hometown: Rhinebeck, NY, which is only about 30 minutes away.
As I started getting older, I came to realize how historic my town was and what really went on decades before my mother was born. Rhinebeck, a small town consisting of less than 8,000 individuals, has a lot to be proud of. We housed many Presidents, war generals, and Vice Presidents in a small bed and breakfast famously known as The Tavern Beekman Arms; commonly known as The Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn or, simply, “The Beek.”
The Beekman Arms has been operating since 1766 and hasn’t stopped. My mom and step-dad even got married there in 2010! Throughout our own Revolutionary War, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Benedict Arnold all ate, slept, laughed, and drank on my town’s soil. I guess you can say that I’ve walked the dirt that some of our war heroes have as well. The Beekman Arms is considered an Historic Hotel of America, and you can book a night or two if you choose!
Here’s a comical tweet by a visitor:
At the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, sold The Catskills book, and saw where George Washington slept. Or, at least, peed. pic.twitter.com/lMop7f8XUU
— Stephen M. Silverman (@stephenmsilverm) November 5, 2017
The Beek hasn’t changed much since 1766, but it has added some features; it’s not only a bed and breakfast anymore. You can host your wedding there, as my mom and step-dad did, you can get catering (the food is delicious), there’s a nice spa service offered, and there are other events hosted there. Also, there is a wonderful Antique Market right behind The Beek which offers the most precious of things ranging from simple, old thumbnails to beautiful, orchestrated wooden boat figures.
All in all, Dutchess County is an area that’s full of American history, and I was fortunate enough to grow up in a significant town that shines for it’s local, historic tavern. Also, growing up 30 minutes away from F.D.R.’s home is one of the coolest things to brag about. I was lucky enough to find all this information early in my teenage years because it’s details and facts like the ones above that I’ll hold on to for the rest of my life.