Rochester

Situated in the heart of the Rondout Valley and nestled between the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge, this picturesque town of over 7,500 is rich in history. Formed from a number of hamlets, many of which had their own one-room schoolhouses, the town boasts the largest number of continuously inhabited old-stone houses in New York, some dating back to the 17th century. Accord (the site of the Rochester Town Hall and other town offices) and Kerhonkson are the town’s two largest hamlets. 

It goes without saying that the basic activity of nearly every family in the town of Rochester during the 18th and 19th centuries was farming.  However, many farmers had additional occupations, including production of wintergreen oil, quarrying of millstone and bluestone, milling of corn, wheat and lumbers (and later, paper), blacksmithing, coopering, shoemaking, wagon-making and store-keeping. Among its many attractions are family-owned farms, fresh food markets, breweries, indoor riding arenas, local artists, outdoor recreation and historical landmarks. Rondout Golf Club with its breathtaking views and Friday nights at Accord Speedway make for a great way to wind down.