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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Beacon in Dutchess County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Welcome to Beacon

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By William Fischer, Jr., August 20, 2018
1. Welcome to Beacon Marker

Named for the signal fires lit by Washington's troops atop our mountain during the American Revolution, Beacon is a city with a rich history dating back 400 years to when Henry Hudson's Half Moon anchored here in this beautiful bay. Beacon has been blessed by geography: river, creek and mountain helped shape our identity. Today we are a city in transformation ... our old factories have been repurposed for residential and commercial space, our Main Street now an exciting mix of galleries, shops and restaurants. Walk our Urban Trail System and see what makes Beacon special.

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Historical Beacon
The city of Beacon was created when the old villages of Matteawan and Fishkill Landing merged in 1913. Our settled community dates back to 1709, when Catheryna and Roger Brett chose this spot in all of the vast Rombout Patent to make their home. Matteawan, home of our first factory, grew up around the Brett homestead and the water power of the Fishkill Creek. Fishkill Landing became an important river port and the earliest

Welcome to Beacon Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 20, 2018
2. Welcome to Beacon Marker
ferry landing along the Hudson. In the 1920s, Beacon became known as the hat-manufacturing capital of New York. Today, Main Street's historic East End looks much the same as it did back in the 1870s.

Cultural Beacon
Following the decline of the city's industrial base, cultural organizations and tourism-oriented businesses revived Beacon's fortunes. With the establishment of the internationally acclaimed Dia:Beacon museum in the former Nabisco box printing factory, and the cultural leadership provided by the much-loved Howland Cultural Center and many other small, but equally notable, galleries and music venues, Beacon is now firmly established as a major cultural hub.

[Outdoor Beacon and Main Street Beacon texts are informational and not transcribed]

Erected by the City of Beacon and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 41° 30.492′ N, 73° 58.646′ W. Marker is in Beacon, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is at the intersection of Wolcott Avenue (New York State Route 9D) and Main Street, on the left when traveling south on Wolcott Avenue
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. Marker is near the small Chamber of Commerce tourist kiosk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1146 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon NY 12508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Margaret Fuller (a few steps from this marker); Lewis Tompkins Hose Company (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. Robert Cramer (about 500 feet away); Burial Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Few (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fishkill Landing (approx. 0.4 miles away); City of Beacon (approx. 0.6 miles away); City of Beacon Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beacon.
Also see . . .  City of Beacon NY. (Submitted on October 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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