About Us

The Federally Designated Steward

Hudson River Heritage (HRH) is a nonprofit membership organization 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. 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.

In addition to the annual Country Seats Tour of important architecture, HRH sponsors broad-based educational programs on architecture and historic preservation.  In May the Annual Preservation Forum, Influence and Perspective, explored the designs of McKim, Mead and White, with emphasis on the legacy and influence of Stanford White. Also presented were talks on stewardship, restoration, and planning for the protection of historic architecture. In 2006 Hudson River Heritage co-sponsored the Preservation Under Pressure conference with the Preservation League of New York State. During the Quadricentennial year, the Dutch influence was explored with a full program of lectures and house tours.  Past programs included the legacy of A. J. Davis and the Villa tradition (2003) and field trips to John Burrough’s Riverby, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Top Cottage, and A.J. Davis’s Plumb-Bronson House.

In our role as a preservation advocate, Hudson River Heritage works with various historic sites and community groups, including the Great Estates Consortium, Clover Reach, the Friends of Kingston Waterfront coalition, the Rhinebeck Consortium, and the Northern Dutchess Alliance, and makes comment on proposals for change along the Hudson River corridor.