Where Past and Present Come Together
The historic Hudson River town of Coxsackie, NY was first settled by the Dutch some 365 years ago. In 1663, Pieter Bronck (the same family for whom The Bronx is named) built his farmstead in what was then New Netherlands – a colony that followed the course of the Hudson River from Manhattan to Fort Orange (now Albany).
The first settlement was in the Upper Village (now West Coxsackie) around 1744. Dr. Claude Ducalon, a French physician, had the only home in the village.
Places to see
The Bronck house is the oldest surviving home in Upstate New York, and is now a museum. Visitors can participate in guided tours of this National Historic Landmark. The Vedder Research Library, on the same property, collects and provides access to the heritage of Greene County, NY. Researchers can come here and find collections of manuscripts, photographs, genealogical files, and much more about Greene County, NY.
The Riverside Park in downtown Coxsackie is a beautiful place for a picnic, with a playground and a public boat launch. Enjoy the view of the beautiful Hudson River and the magnificent Catskill Mountain range. Come at low tide to see the remains of the Sea King, used to prevent erosion north of the boat launch.
Come by and join the festivities on the first Saturday of August for the Coxsackie Riverside Festival in downtown Coxsackie. There is fun to be had for all ages. Listen and dance to live music all day by the gazebo or walk around and stop at the many vendors for food or unique items. The kids’ area has rides, a petting zoo and much more entertainment for children.
Wednesdays in the summer, you can go to the farmers’ market at the Coxsackie Riverside Park and purchase locally grown and raised farm fresh goods of all kinds. After your shopping, purchase dinner at a food truck, and enjoy the live music in the park.
In December come join us for a festive family day of fun at our Christmas by the River event. Historic Reed Street is filled with vendors, food, and the Christmas spirit. A concert in town often follows the festival.