"Poughkeepsie is both a City and a Town - really" Poughkeepsie by Ekahau

Poughkeepsie Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 74 photos

Pueblo on the Hudson
History

Poughkeepsie is both a City and a Town (ya that was confusing to me too) about 60 miles north of New York City and on the East bank of the Hudson River Poughkeepsie was started by the Dutch in 1687 this is very old by USA standards. The Wappinger Indians, who are part of the Algonquin nation is where the name Poughkeepsie comes "the reed covered lodge by the little-water place” is what it means. Baltus Balthazar Barntz Van (from) Kleeck (the town in Holland where he had lived) was the Dutch guy who set up house in this part of the Hudson first or so it is believed. Better know as uncle baltus. Poughkeepsie is the seat of government for the county of Dutchess misspelled with a “T” in it -- in honor of Mary, Duchess of York, who became Queen Mary when her Husband became King James II of the United Kingdom.

City of the gilded age

Dutchess county became the playground of the really supper rich in the time know as the gilded age with such estates of the old wealth like the Roosevelt’s or richest financiers and industrialists, like Vanderbilts, Astors, Morgans, that sort of crowd built their Mansions along the Hudson. Also the inventor of the Morse Code built a grand place know as Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie he had a “small” Tuscan Villa on a large hunk of land in the middle of Poughkeepsie City or town not sure which.

  • Last visit to Poughkeepsie: Sep 2006
  • Intro Written Sep 24, 2006
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  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    nice tips on this pretty looking town with somewhat of canadian name. i will be around albany, poughkeepsie and schkenectady (spelling???) for a week in summer of 2008.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Very informative. Never made it to visit Vassar College :( only to Smith :) Now I know where it is. Interesting to know about the inventor of Morse Code and Andrew Jackson.

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2007 at 4:14 AM

    When I was at camp near Poughkeepsie, I never knew there were so many nice places in town.

  • moiraistyx's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2006 at 12:47 PM

    I've never tried Cinco de Mayo, you are right though, it is expensive Mexican food for Poughkeepsie.

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