History Trail

Your curated guide to Hudson Valley experiences, brought to you by Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark resort that has been owned and operated by the Smiley family for more than 147 years.

After exploring Mohonk's fascinating roots, and our historic Barn Museum, take a drive to experience even more landmarks of historical significance in the Hudson Valley. We encourage you to enjoy our curated selection of destinations on our map!

Destinations are featured on the trail in order of distance from Mohonk Mountain House. Please be sure to call each location for hours of operations. Some locations may have entrance fees and/or require advance reservations.  Looking for directions to our House?

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Historic Huguenot Street

This 10-acre National Historic Landmark District includes a Visitor Center, seven historic stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, exhibit and program spaces, archaeological sites, and a burial ground that dates to the very first settlers. Huguenot Street also maintains an extensive archive that preserves early local history collections and family papers, along with a research library.

(845) 255-1660 •  Directions 

The Delaware and Hudson Canal Museum

The Delaware and Hudson Canal Historical Society operates a museum and maintains the Five Locks Walk, a National Historic Landmark. The museum's exhibits include a working model of a lock, a life-size canal boat cabin replica, a moving model of a gravity railroad brake car, dioramas of the gravity railroad and canal life, and more!  Many tools and artifacts are also on display, along with original paintings by canal-era artists.

(845) 687-9311 •  Directions 

Ulster County Historical Society at Bevier House Museum

The Bevier House site was first settled in the 1680’s and began as a one room structure, constructed by Andries Van Leuven. The site remained in the Bevier Family for 223 years as the family farmed the land. The Bevier House Museum, established in 1935, showcases a collection of local historical artifacts, artwork, and cultural items stewarded by the Ulster County Historical Society.

(845) 338-5614 •  Directions 

Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library and Museum

The house, situated in a landscaped clearing on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River, is a large, rambling structure faced with stucco and fieldstone. This is Springwood, birthplace and home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It is the only place in the United States where a President was born, maintained a lifelong connection, and lies buried. Franklin Roosevelt had a strong and abiding connection with Springwood throughout his life.

(845) 486-7770 •  Directions

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, in terms of architecture, interiors, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, is a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War.

(845) 229-7770 •  Directions

Montgomery Place Historic Estate

The lovely views, majestic old trees, and formal gardens of Montgomery Place make it an ideal, tranquil spot for enjoying nature and landscape. Montgomery Place, a serene reflection of nearly 200 years of continuous family stewardship, is best known as a landscape influenced by the great Andrew Jackson Downing and an architectural landmark designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. The 380-acre property is an amazingly intact example of Hudson Valley estate life. Each of the estate's features has a story to tell about changing American attitudes toward nature, landscape, and home design over time.

845-758-5461 •  Directions

Boscobel House and Gardens

Boscobel is a restored Federal-period house built between 1804-1808 with magnificent period interiors and gardens. The site is recognized nationally for its quality as a historic house museum, its exquisite collection of furniture and decorative arts, and its breathtaking views. Rescued from demolition in 1955, the house was moved from its original site in Montrose, New York to its current location and opened its doors to visitors in 1961.

(845) 265-3638 •  Directions

West Point Museum

The mission of the West Point Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant artifacts pertaining to the United States Military Academy, United States Army, and the Profession of Arms. West Point's role in our nation's history dates back to the Revolutionary War and is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. All visitors to the United States Military Academy are encouraged to tour the Museum to view what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere.

(845) 938-3590 •  Directions

Olana State Historic Site

Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, is a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.  It is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The main house at Olana, sited impressively at the top of a long slope, is a unique mixture of Victorian architectural elements and Middle-Eastern decorative motifs. Stylistically, the building is a villa with asymmetrical massing of towers and block masonry punctuated by fanciful windows and porches. The irregular silhouette of the exterior contrasts with the more regular rhythm of rooms arranged around a central hall. On the exterior, Middle Eastern motifs are carried out in colored brick, wood, slate, ceramic tile, and especially stenciling. Together, the various motifs and themes create a unique artistic unity, one that is difficult to categorize.

(518) 828-0135 •  Directions


Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. The architectural brilliance of the residence, designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. Its noteworthy occupants included: former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould.

(914) 631-4481 •  Directions

New York State Capitol

Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880's. The building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur, built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 25 years. Today, the building is undergoing extensive restoration to maintain and protect it for future generations of New Yorkers. Museum-quality exhibits on New York State's history have been installed throughout the building.

(518) 474-2418 •  Directions

Empire State Plaza Art Collection

The Empire State Plaza Art Collection consists of 92 paintings, sculptures, and tapestries that are sited in the Empire State Plaza concourse, buildings, and outdoor areas. Many of the objects can be considered under the general heading of "New York School" art. Considered avant-garde at the time it was created, New York School art eventually acquired mainstream status, and is the first American art movement to have truly worldwide impact.

(518) 474-2418 •  Directions

Washington Irving's Sunnyside

A visit to Sunnyside is an enchanted adventure in a romantic landscape and a much-loved riverside home that has been charming visitors for generations. Hear about Washington Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author, best remembered now for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. His characters, from Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane to the mysterious Headless Horseman and the comic Rip Van Winkle, are icons in American culture.

(914) 591-8763 •  Directions

Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate

Kykuit is a preeminent Hudson Valley landmark. For architecture, remarkable gardens, art, history, and spectacular scenery, a trip to Kykuit is simply amazing. This hilltop paradise was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this extraordinary landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained for more than 100 years.

(914) 631-8200 •  Directions

Philipsburg Manor

Wander along a picturesque woodland path and enter the year 1750. Philipsburg Manor was a thriving farming, milling, and trading center owned by the Philipses, a family of Anglo-Dutch merchants. They rent land to tenant farmers of diverse European backgrounds and rely on a community of 23 enslaved Africans to operate the complex. Visit here to participate in hands-on activities of the 18th century and learn the riveting yet little-known story of enslavement in the colonial north.

(914) 366-6900 •  Directions

Saratoga National Historical Park

After capturing Fort Ticonderoga in June 1777, the British army, commanded by General John Burgoyne, faced a series of delays by the Americans before finally arriving at Stillwater in September. In the Battle of Freeman’s Farm on September 19, American forces lost to the British. However, on October 7 General Benedict Arnold forced the British to retreat and secured an American victory. It marked the first major victory for the Americans and helped convince the French to support the fledgling nation. Today, a scenic tour leads past sites associated with the battles, including the restored Neilson Farmhouse, used as a headquarters by American officers, and the 155-foot-tall Saratoga Monument, built in 1883 on the site of Burgoyne’s last encampment to commemorate the American victory. 

(518) 664-9821 •  Directions