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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
BHS Postcard Collection