The Madam Brett Homestead Museum

Step back in time and visit the first homestead of Dutchess County! Every 2nd-Saturday in Beacon, Curators--dressed as Madam Brett in period costume--give an interesting and enjoyable tour of this incredibly interesting old home that is packed with generations of historical stories and artifacts.  Don't miss the opportunity to learn about this feisty colonial woman of Dutch decent who moved here from Manhattan, built a successful mill, communicated and lived peacefully with the local natives, and continued to defy British rule by remaining a widow and become America's first business woman - the first of America's colonist to build a town by selling parcels of her land.


Located at 50 VanNydeck Avenue, at the corner of Teller Avenue, and one block off Main Street, in Beacon, New York. (845) 831-6533.



Mount Gulian Historic Site

Although Mount Guilian is located in Fishkill (once owned by Madam Brett), it's rich historical contribution to the Hudson Valley makes it worth the visit while in Beacon. Whether visiting for the purposes of a guided tour, special event, school or group program, or simply something to do on a lovely afternoon, we're sure you’ll find something to your liking. Our staff, lovers of history and fans of things that are old, will gladly tell you the Mount Gulian stories. An assortment of stories about husbands and wives, army generals, and an escaped slave.



The Madam Brett Park

Beacon, Dutchess County (12 acres)—Madam Brett Park hugs Fishkill Creek, which played a prominent role in Beacon's development. Along it stood a gristmill owned by the park's namesake — Catheryna Rombout Brett (1687-1764), the first European settler in the present-day city. The mill was an important gathering place for farmers and Native Americans inhabiting both shores of the Hudson River hereabouts. In the 1800s, the creek powered a profusion of hat factories (including the Tioronda Hat Works, located in the brick building adjacent to the park), which earned Beacon the nickname "New York's Hat-Making Capital."

Visit our Historic Tours Page to follow the history  along the beautiful Hudson River and Fishkill creek.

Historic Tours

Today the park provides a perfect place to explore the ecology of a vital Hudson River tributary and the tidal wetland at its mouth. Fishkill Marsh supports an extraordinary variety of wildlife. It furnishes a home for amphibians and aquatic mammals, including muskrats; serves as a hunting ground for ospreys, bald eagles and other raptors; and is a stopover for migratory birds. A boardwalk and observation platforms afford up-close discoveries of these and other creatures. A waterfall at the park's eastern end is especially impressive — and raucous — in spring or after

heavy rains.

Mount Beacon Park The hottest tourist attraction is hiking up Mount Beacon either for the old ruins of the incline which was home of the Worlds steepest incline as per Guinness book of records, casino, hotel etc. or the fire tower and DAR monument. Follow the numerous trails, enjoy the longs span of waterfalls, the wildlife and views.

Historic Tours


Vist our Historic Tours section and follow the history of Mt. Beacon while enjoying your hikes!

Explore the winding pathways and hiking trails of Mt. Beacon.
The Waterfront

Beacon Waterfront featuring the Historic Hudson River with Long Dock for fishing and kayaking and the walking trails also the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park.

Historic Tours

DIA Beacon

Once the Nabisco cardboard factory where many of Beacon Residents worked, DIA Beacon is now a museum for modern art.  DIA sparked the revitalization of what is now a the exciting city of Beacon and its many art galleries, restaurants, shops,hiking and biking trails, and gorgeous parks.



The U.S. Post Office Beacon, New York--located on Main Street (New York State Route 52 Business). It serves the ZIP Code 12508, covering the entire city of Beacon and some of the neighboring areas of the Town of Fishkill. It is a stone structure in the Dutch Colonial Revival architectural style built in the mid-1930s. In 1988 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with many other older post offices in the state. Stop in and take in the vast murals that grace the walls of this historic gem of Beacon--created by artist Charles Rosen, who had been awarded the commission by the Treasury's Relief Arts Project (TRAP) in the 1930's.

BHS Postcard Collection



Official Home of the Beacon Historical Society


P. O. Box 89

17 South Ave.

Beacon, NY 12508



Thurs.10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sat.      1:00 pm -   3:00 pm

(845) 831-0514

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