The town of Rosendale was formed in 1844 from parts of the Towns of Hurley, Marbletown and New Paltz. Portions of High Falls are found in Rosendale. Rosendale is surrounded by many lovely features like the Rondout Creek and Wallkill River, Joppenburgh Mountain, a portion of the Shawangunk Ridge, The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and Rosendale Trestle,  Binnewater Lakes and many neighborhoods and villages. The town is known for being the home of Rosendale Cement which provided cement to many famous locations, including the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

The grounds of the Rosendale Community Center house a community center, playground equipment, a baseball/softball field, swimming pool, pavilion, walking track, tennis courts, basketball court and horseshoe pit as well as the International Pickle Festival each November. Willow Kiln Park is located behind the municipal parking lot off Main Street where you can enjoy a picnic on one of the picnic tables or walk.