The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is located in Hudson, New York, a small historic city in the bucolic Hudson River Valley. The Institute is easily accessible from New York City, Boston, and Albany by road and rail. Hudson’s dynamic contemporary culture and surrounding countryside provide a wealth of resources relating to the period, such as the Luykas Van Alen House, numerous Reformed Dutch churches, and the former manorial landholdings of the Van Rensselaer and Livingston families.
Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, the Leisler Institute is closed to the public at this time. The staff is available to answer questions and perform research onsite for a small fee. Please call or email us for more information.
Mail: PO Box 86, Hudson, New York 12534
Email: info [at] jacobleislerinstitute.org
46 Green St.
Hudson, New York 12534
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In Hudson and Surrounding Areas
Olana State Historic Site
The home of the Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. Built in 1872, it is now a historic house museum and grounds.
The Museum of Firefighting.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Features Lindenwald, the home in which Van Buren resided following his presidency (1837-1841). Built circa 1792 and remodeled in the 1840s, Lindenwald was also the home of the Van Ness family, who hosted Washington Irving while he wrote his History of New York (published in 1809).
Thomas Cole Historic Site
The home of the Hudson River School founder, located in Catskill.
Clermont State Historic Site
The estate of the Livingston family. Established in 1728, the estate features a house built circa 1779-1782.
The Columbia County Historical Society
The CCHS has several historic properties, including the 1737 Luykas Van Alen House, the 1820 Vanderpoel House, and the 1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse.