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Ghent in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Columbia County

Historic New York

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, October 17, 2017
1. Columbia County Marker
Inscription.
Columbia County
Historic New York
Columbia County, which extends from the Hudson River to the New England border. was formed in the late 18th century from parts of two 17th century land patents. Early settlers came from Holland, followed by squatters from New England and German refugees. The area was on the main route of travel between New England and the West. This is perhaps why the region was well known in the 19th century as a resort area.

The county occupies a prominent place in the cultural history of the United States. Several famous artists including Frederick Church, lived here. Church's personal view of Persia is embodied in his house “Olana”, south of Hudson. Other important people connected with the area include Washington Irving. The Van Alen House was the home of Helen Van Alen, supposedly the Katrine Van Tassel in Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, is near Kinderhook. The Ichabod Crane School was near the Van Alen Home. Edna St. Vincent Millay lived for several years at “Steepletop” near Austerlitz. Perhaps she was thinking of the countryside around her Columbia County home when she wrote:
“All I could see from where I stood was three long mountains and a wood.”
Education Department
State of New York 1937
East Hudson
Columbia County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 17, 2017
2. Columbia County Marker
Parkway Authority

 
Erected 1937 by State of New York Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 15.763′ N, 73° 36.787′ W. Marker is in Ghent, New York, in Columbia County. Marker is on Taconic State Parkway half a mile from New York State Route 217, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the Taconic Rest Area, northbound Taconic State Parkway. Marker is in this post office area: Ghent NY 12075, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 1˝ miles away); Downing Church (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 3.8 miles away); Cpl. Frank R. Fratellenico, Jr. (approx. 5.4 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 7.1 miles away); Hillsdale Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 7.3 miles away); a different marker also named Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 8.4 miles away); Farmhands and Fishing (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ghent.
 
Also see . . .
1. Columbia County, NY. (Submitted on October 20, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Columbia County, New York on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 20, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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