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Ever since Governor Andros negotiated a deal with the Esopus tribe in 1677, Saugerties, strategically located between the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River, has lured entrepreneurs, visionaries, and working folk. It was for centuries a no-nonsense mix of agrarian and early industry, where farmers harvested ice from the Hudson in winter, quarried bluestone and brick from surrounding hills, milled lumber, and made paper. With one of the few deepwater ports along the river, Saugerties was once a thriving riverfront town, loading its wares onto southern-bound steamboats and building racing sloops.
Today, after decades of slumber, Saugerties is thriving for completely different reasons. Mint-condition Victorian houses line its streets, and the occasional stone house evokes memories of early Palatine settlers. Civic pride blooms in flower baskets in the downtown shopping area, especially along Main and Partition streets, where antiques shops, independent bookstores, and tantalizing restaurants draw weekend crowds.
Saugerties at a Glance
Elsewhere in The Hudson Valley
- Annandale-on-Hudson and Tivoli
- Cold Spring
- Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks
- High Falls
- Hyde Park
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