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Hudson River Heritage (HRH) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1976, committed to preserving the unique character of the Mid-Hudson Valley’s historic architecture, rural landscapes and scenic views through education, advocacy and community involvement. We are grateful for your interest and invite you to get involved in our important work on behalf of this very special area that we call home.
HRH is the federally designated steward of the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District, a 32-square-mile area stretching from Germantown, in Columbia County, to Hyde Park, in Dutchess County. The Hudson River National Historic Landmark District (HRNHLD) was designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior in 1990. Federal landmark status acknowledges that the historic resources in the heart of the Hudson Valley are of the highest national significance, on par with other National Historic Landmark Districts such as Nantucket Island, the Garden District in New Orleans, and San Francisco’s Presidio.
To a remarkable degree, the character of the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District remains intact. From the colonial era to the early 20th century, this region was characterized by the large “country seats” built by the Livingstons, the Astors, and other wealthy individuals. Many of these houses have been preserved or restored and are open to the public drawing many visitors to our area. Throughout the district, many additional public and private homes and properties have historical significance we hope to preserve for year to come. We hope you will join us!
Photo subjects: standing left to right - David Byars, Kiki Steele, Ward Stanley, J. Winthrop Aldrich, Samantha Lore, Warren Temple Smith, Arvia Morris, Joyce Gelb, Frank Brice. Kneeling - Linda Scherr. Not in photo - R. Michael Brown
The first Hudson River Heritage (HRH) Founder’s Scholarship was presented to Samantha Lore of Red Hook on May 31, 2015. This scholarship was created to recognize a local college bound high school senior who has shown an interest in history and related fields of architectural examination and preservation. Warren Smith, HRH president, presented Samantha with a check for a thousand dollars at the home of Joyce and Joe Gelb of Rhinebeck. In attendance were current HRH board members, HRH co-founder J. Winthrop Aldridge, Samantha and her parents, Angela and Keith Lore, and past and present HRH members and friends. Samantha will be attending Siena College in Albany in the fall. This scholarship will be presented each spring to a qualifying student.