“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Valatie in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Welcome to Valatie

Settled 1665

Welcome to Valatie Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
1. Welcome to Valatie Marker
“Valatie, from the Dutch Vaaltje meaning “Little Falls,” was settled about 1665 as part of the Kinderhook Seettlement. The original inhabitants were Mohigan, an Algonquian Indian people.

The Dutch established grist and lumber mills on the Kinderhook Creek and Valatie Kill. About 1820, large cotton mills began being built. Eventually there were nine mills. Valatie became one of the nation’s earliest industrial centers.

The mills attracted workers, tradesmen, merchants and professionals. By the 1840’s, Valatie was a vibrant village filled with stores, churches and other facilities, making its Main Street the commercial center of Northern Columbia County. It remained so until the mills closed or moved south after WWII.

The village, which was incorporated in 1856, is noted for the Valatie Santa Claus Club, “First In The Nation,” its outstanding military service record, and as the home town of Gov. Martin H. Glynn, progressive leader and a founder of Ireland”.

Guide to Historic Valatie : D.C. Lizzi, Village Historian

Because of its community spirit, institutions, services and social activities, its slogan for the 150th Incorporation Celebration in 2006 became
“What a Village Should Be”

Mayor Gary Strevell and Village Board
Marker in Valatie Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
2. Marker in Valatie

Erected by Village of Valatie.
Location. 42° 24.803′ N, 73° 40.608′ W. Marker is in Valatie, New York, in Columbia County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Valatie NY 12184, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Glynn Homestead (about 400 feet away); John Vanderpoel Home   c.1825 (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Valatie (about 700 feet away); Nathan Wild House (about 700 feet away); Valatie World War I Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gov. Glynn Square (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Valatie.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Welcome to Valatie Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
3. Welcome to Valatie Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 655 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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