We believe that The Town of Beekman
has a history worthy of telling and recording. It is rich in stories and history that have
been passed down from generation to generation. It is our goal to capture these stories and to document them for all
We are in search of information and photos from all sources in particular ex-residents,
or descendants of former residents, the results of our efforts will be a updated history of Beekman in chronological format,
including maps showing the development of the town, the farms and homesteads with in it.
You will rapidly become conscious, as we have, that every new story leads to wonderful discoveries and
insights of the people and events that have shaped Beekman’s history.
It is our hope that
the memories raised by the stories, photos or information you chose to share - or remember - will result in one more addition
to our collection. Please share your memories with us and help us to recover what otherwise will be forgotten. Our goal is
to update the web site as often as we can, in addition we will publish a monthly newsletter that will appear here.
that this web site will help accomplish this massive mission. To smooth the progress of exchange of information, we have
included a E-mail address where you are encouraged to request information, as well as to place any information you might have.
The Grange Hall on Beekman Road
The Town of Beekman firmly planted
in the middle of the Hudson Valley, with a source of attractions that tourists can
come to see, including the hamlets, which are the settings for historic attractions. Touring
was once only for the wealthy, today anyone can set out on the open road in search of the real America. It is important that
they find this real America — past, present and future — in The Town of Beekman in the mid-Hudson Valley. Anything
can be developed into a tourist attraction. It is with this in mind that care needs to be taken not to overdevelop, but to
improve and accent the beauty of what is here. Improvements are under way at several historic sites, including construction
of a Town Museum and a visitor’s center at the Old Mill site. Projections show that hospitality and tourism will be
the number one employer in the new millennium. At this time, there are more than 9,000 full- and part-time jobs in hospitality
and tourism in Dutchess County — roughly 9 percent of the county’s nonagricultural work force — accounting
for $157 million in payroll, according to figures from the Travel Industry Association of America. Tourism is the nation’s
third largest retail industry, after car dealers and food stores.
Welcome to the Local and Community History site.
As part of our commitment
of encouraging history, we promote local, community, county and national history. Volunteering with The
Friends of History is a great way to learn more about history while helping to preserve the past for the enjoyment
of future generations. Meeting new people, learning and sharing information, and making a real contribution to the community
are just a few of the benefits volunteers can receive for their time and effort. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer
with the Friends of History, please contact us.
Our Historical Museum & Visitor’s Center soon to be completed and will become
our historic center. The building is located across the road from the Roosevelt House. The museum's
location borders the exact site of the famous Widow Dennis Tavern, which was on the road to the Fishkill landing that brought
thousands of Colonial and British solders in over the Highlands from points north. The museum will be a repository for history
from this area, something that the Friends of History has wanted for many years. The museum will give Beekman
a destination attraction that will draw visitors as well as many tourists and travelers.
In the mean time share our heritage through this site. Visit our web site and History Section, keep abreast of the
museum project's progress, and check our calendar of events. We frequently update and add new sections. Please check out
our site we encourage you to explore the different parts of the site and ask for your patience as we continue upgrading our
WebPages to make Beekman history more accessible. We welcome your opinions on the new Website format at
Charles Brill General store Poughquag Hamlet