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A Guide to Antiques in the Hudson Valley

When you look beyond the breathtaking beauty that characterizes the Hudson River Valley and inside the historic houses and mansions that line the great riverbanks, you will discover superb collections of antique furnishings. As early as the 1700’s, the Hudson Valley drew the attention of successful industrialists, lawyers, and political leaders who chose the beautiful landscape to build great estates and homes. Many of these architectural masterpieces were appointed with lavish gardens, fine art and beautiful furnishings created by the finest craftsman and furniture builders in America and Europe.

For those who relish antique treasures, the heritage sites in the Hudson Valley offer a rare opportunity to walk through original salons and parlors and see the furnishings in the settings for which they were designed. The collections range from historic manuscripts, photographs and recipes on view in the historic 17th century homes on Huguenot Street in New Paltz, to examples of fine furnishings by New York cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe and the Parisian cabinetmaker Charles-Honore Lannuier displayed at Boscobel Restoration in Garrison.

If after visiting the collections at the heritage sites, visitors yearn to add to their own antiques collections, there are many fine antiques dealers and stores in the valley. The Hudson Valley has one of the largest concentrations of auction houses in the United States and is considered by some experienced art and antiques dealers to be the best place to purchase antiques in the country.

Premier antiques collections not to be missed include these and many other historic homes in New York’s Hudson Valley

Upper Hudson Valley
Historic Cherry Hill
523 1/2 South Pearl Street, Albany
518.434.4791
Historic Cherry Hill is an 18th-century Georgian-style house that was the home of Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer, a prominent five-generation Albany Family. The house and its contents were bequeathed by the last surviving family member, Emily Rankin, to benefit the people of New York State. Built in 1787 as a farmhouse on 900 acres, Cherry Hill today sits on the crest of a five-acre wooded hill overlooking the Hudson River in the South End of Albany. The vast collection at Cherry Hill includes 30,000 manuscripts, personal and business correspondence, bills and receipts, legal documents, itineraries, maps, school records, diaries, recipes, and more. The collection also includes an amazing 7,500 textiles, 1,500 pieces of ceramics, 750 pieces of furniture, 3,000 examples of silver and decorative arts, 600 paintings and other fine art, 2,500 household implements, 5,000 books, and 3,000 photographs.
Middle Hudson Valley
Huguenot Historical Society
18 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz
845.255.1660
Huguenot Street, a National Historic Landmark District, is a collection of colonial and early National period stone houses owned and operated as historic house museums by the Huguenot Historical Society. The district was created to preserve the oldest continuously inhabited street in America with its original houses, a wonderful collection of Dutch vernacular architecture and furnishings. The town was founded in 1677 as the original home of a group of French Protestants who fled northern France because of political and religious persecution. The principal houses on Huguenot Street were built surrounding the turn of the 17th into the 18th centuries, from 1680's through the first decades of the 18th century. Today, each house is presented in a different time period from the 18th through the mid 20th century. Three of the houses, the Bevier-Elting, Jean Hasbrouck and Abraham Hasbrouck Houses, whose original portions were built in the 1680s, are furnished and interpreted as they would have appeared in the 18th century. The Federal-style LeFevre House, built in 1799 by Ezekiel Elting, is presented as an early 19th-century home, and the Queen Anne-style Deyo House is an 1894 renovation of a colonial home whose original portion dates from the 1680s. The Freer House, which dates from the early colonial period, was remodeled in the 1940s to reflect the current Colonial Revival tastes. Also on the site are the DuBois Fort (1705), and the French Church: Crispell Memorial, a 1972 reconstruction of the 1717 original, with its adjacent burial ground.
Locust Grove - Samuel F.B. Morse Historic Site
2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie
845.454.4500
Locust Grove is a graceful country manor that was once a 100-acre farm belonging to the Henry Livingston family. It was acquired in 1847 by Samuel F.B. Morse, the 19th century painter and inventor of the telegraph and the Morse Code. The estate has been preserved as it was in Morse's time and contains works of art and decorative arts from both the Morse and Young families. Diverse collections of 18th and 19th century furniture and decorative arts acquired over the generations by the Young family are displayed in period-room settings. Morse family silver and porcelain are shown along with important pieces collected by the Youngs, including two Duncan Phyfe settees, numerous other Phyfe pieces (c. 1820), a rare Chippendale card table and chairs (c. 1750), and a collection of mid-18th century Dutch marquetry furniture. The fine arts collection includes paintings by Samuel F.B. Morse, works by George Inness, Sanford R. Gifford, Henry Farrer, and the Canadian artist Cornelius Kreighoff, as well as a rare bound collection of Birds of America by J.J. Audubon.
Senate House State Historic Site
312 Fair Street, Kingston
845.338.2786
In 1777, a simple limestone building in Kingston housed the first meeting of New York's newly organized State Senate. Built in 1676, only 12 years after the British assumed control of New York from the Dutch, the house reflects both the building traditions of the original Dutch colonists and the gradual acceptance of English construction styles. In October of 1777, after meeting in the Senate House for only a month, the Senate and the rest of the newly formed State government fled Kingston when a British force sent north from New York City began plundering the Hudson Valley. On October 16, 1777, British forces swarmed through and set fire to every house in town as punishment for Kingston's role in supporting the Revolution. Over 100 years later, both Kingston and the Senate House were rebuilt. The Senate House has since been restored to depict the building as it would have looked in 1777 and exhibits a wide range of artwork, documents and historical objects donated by local residents. A two-story museum built next door in 1927 displays much of the collection.
Lower Hudson Valley
Boscobel Restoration
1601 Route 9D, Garrison
845.265.3638
At Boscobel, one of the nation's leading museums of the decorative arts of the New York Federal period, both the architecture and the furnishings reflect the neoclassical style, popular in the early 1800s. Outstanding examples of Federal furniture have been collected to complete the period room settings. Graceful details decorate mantels and the moldings, providing a beautiful backdrop for examples of some of the finest cabinet making of the nineteenth century. Included are pieces attributed to Duncan Phyfe, Michael Allison, and Charles-Honore Lannuier, the Parisian cabinetmaker who brought the newest French fashions to New York where he worked for 16 years. Paintings by Benjamin West and John Watson, English prints, and period silver, china, and crystal are also displayed in the rooms. Visitors can see and experience the furnishings and decorative arts of the Federal period as they were designed to be used and enjoyed.
Van Cortlandt Manor
South Riverside Avenue, Croton-On-Hudson
914.631.8200
Situated on the banks of the Croton River, Van Cortlandt Manor is a working estate and elegant country house. The well documented manor house contains primarily original furnishings rarely seen in house museums. A National Historic Landmark, the 18th-century stone manor house is the centerpiece of the property and features a collection of Georgian and Federal period furnishings. An extraordinary kitchen is located on the ground floor, with original hearth, beehive oven, and extensive collection of cooking equipment and utensils. Also on the grounds is an 18th-century tavern located at the site of a ferry crossing over the Croton River. The tavern showcases an extraordinary collection of vernacular Hudson River Valley furnishings and evokes fascinating tales of travel and transport in the post-revolutionary period. Guides dressed in the clothing styles of the Federal period escort visitors through the property.
The Antiques Shops & Auction Houses
Antiques Shops
Upper Hudson Valley - Middle Hudson Valley - Lower Hudson Valley
Auction Houses
Upper Hudson Valley - Middle Hudson Valley - Lower Hudson Valley
Antiques Centers

Unique to the Hudson Valley are a few locations where the antiques business has concentrated. These towns are world reknown for the selection & quality of the antiques to be found and the people that have made their lives around selling antiques. Take a day, or two, and visit one of these really special places. If you are an antiques lover, you'll be glad you did!

Hudson - Upper Valley - Columbia County

The five very walkable downtown blocks of Warren Street are lined with over 50 antiques shops and dealers. Their offerings range from the sublime to the spectacular, from everyday objects to one-of-a-kind masterpieces, from American Primitives to the furnishings of European palaces, and quite literally everything in-between, and them some. No matter what you are searching for, from Danish Modern to Beidermeier, from 50's kitch to 18th century American, you'll find it in Hudson. The dealers all welcome you to drop in and browse their shops, ask questions, bargain a bit and leave happy. Most shops are open Thursday to Monday from 11am until 5pm, closed on Monday to Wednesday. But there are exceptions, so call ahead.

Surrounding these many antiques shops are art galleries, boutiques, specialty stores and charming cafes serving delicious and innovative fare. When you tire of the antiques, browse home accessories or paintings, try on some fashion or just sit back and relax sipping a soothing drink. You'll have a wonderful time in Hudson and want to come back often.

To find Hudson, just go to our Interactive Map and make your selection on the Pull Down Menu on the left below the map. A map showing you where Hudson is will pop into place!

While in the area, make sure to visit Olana, the home of Frederic Church, one of the leaders of the Hudson River School of Art. Olana is his personal vision of heaven, perched atop his hill. For a quick preview of what you'll see, view our Olana Panorama!

Saugerties - Middle Valley - Ulster County

Lining both sides of Partition Street and around the corners are a collection of nearly 30 antiquest shops offering their collections to you. They run the gamut from Primitives to High Art, from collectibles to one-of-a-kind. Art galleries, book shops and cozy cafes mingle in with the antiques dealers making your exploration of Saugerties fun. Our favorite book shop is Hope Farm Press just around the corner on Main Street. Drop in and say hello to Richard, he can find just the book you are in search of.

To find Saugerties, just go to our Interactive Map and make your selection on the Pull Down Menu on the left below the map. A map showing you where Saugerties is will pop into place!

While in Saugerties, consider a leisurely walk out through the nature preserve to visit the historic Saugerties Lighthouse. It's a delightful stroll and the views from the lighthouse, quite literally right out in the middle of the river, are spectacular. The Saugerties Lighthouse is the only lighthouse on the river that you can walk to. For a quick preview of what it's like, view our Saugerties Lighthouse Panorama!

 
 
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