Southern Dutchess

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With its easy access to I-84, the Taconic State Parkway and the Metro-North commuter rail plus its affordability in Southern Dutchess County Mapcomparison to the counties south of it, Southern Dutchess County is a haven for commuters. The commute is about an hour and 15 minutes by express train to New York Ciy’s Grand Central Station, approximately 45 minutes to White Plains in Westchester County, New York and thirty minutes to Danbury, Connecticut. As a result, this part of the county has experienced rapid growth in the last decade and boasts numerous new home communities. Whether it’s to the city of Beacon or the towns of Fishkill, East Fishkill, Wappinger, or Beekman, people are relocating to the Southern Dutchess County area to take advantage of all of the economic, cultural, business and educational opportunities available.

Beacon, one of Dutchess County’s two cities, is located on the banks of the Hudson River. This former industrial city turned artists’ haven is experiencing a renaissance with many organizations and investors renovating existing buildings for commercial and residential use. The East Main Street area of Beacon is now known for its many antique shops. The West End of Main Street has blossomed with its art galleries and coffee shops. All of Main Street benefits from the combined proximity to the Beacon Metro-North Railroad Station and Dia-Beacon. The combination makes this a delightful day trip for visitors and an appealing home for artists and commuters.

With a long and rich history dating back to the pre-Revolutionary War era, Beacon is finding new ways to take advantage of its history. The Dia Art Foundation took a large, empty factory along the Hudson River and turned it into the home of its permanent collection on contemporary art. The factory that is now Dia-Beacon was built in 1929. The museum has more than 160,000 square feet of gallery space and offers guided and unguided tours to thousands of visitors each year.

Moving East from Beacon, you’ll come to the Dutchess County Stadium. It is home to the Hudson Valley Renegades, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. There is massive commercial development along the I-84 corridor especially at Route 9 where you’llfind hotels, medical office buildings, Marist College’s southern extension, The GAP/Old Navy distribution warehouse, major retail and outlet stores and more. IBM, Philips Semiconductor, AMD and other companies can be found in the Hudson Valley Research Park in East Fishkill.

Despite its rapid commercial and residential growth, Southern Dutchess County proudly maintains its original agricultural and historic roots. Working farms like Sugar Maple Farm, a well-known horse farm, continue the tradition of thoroughbred breeding; pumpkin patches and apple orchards are part of the landscape, and residents find plenty of diversions from their busy work days with the wonderful recreational opportunities provided by the towns, parks with swimming lakes and picnic areas, playgrounds, and walking trails including the Appalachian Trail.

Dutchess Trivia - Did you know?

The City of Beacon was named for the signal fires along the Hudson Highlands used to alert the troops in the Revolutionary War.

During the 1800's Beacon was known as "The Hat Making Capital of the US" with nearly 50 hat factories in town.

An old factory building in Beacon is now home to the world's largest contemporary art museum, Dia: Beacon.

The film, "Nobody's Fool" with Paul Newman and Jessica Tandy was filmed in Beacon.

During the Revolutionary War, the Village of Fishkill served as a camp for General George Washington's troops.