Isabella Baumfree escaped slavery in 1826 and later traveled the country as an ardent advocate of the Abolitionist and women’s rights movements under the name Sojourner Truth. Find tributes to Truth across Ulster County — including the SUNY New Paltz library named after her, and a statue in Port Ewen.
Val-kill photo provided by Dutchess Tourism
Visit Val-Kill, the home of the former First Lady and a National Historic Site in Hyde Park, to learn about her dedication to civil and women’s rights and to enjoy the picturesque property’s nature trails.
Harriet Tubman bravely led hundreds of slaves to freedom through this secret trail, which passed through the Valley. Find one of her notorious stops on Rt. 59 in Nyack, indicated by a commemorative marker.
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In 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington rode 40 miles on horseback to warn Gen. George Washington of an imminent British attack during the Revolutionary War. Find route markers around Putnam County and a memorial statue beside Carmel’s Lake Gleneida.
Women’s rights activist Emma Willard was so dedicated to equal rights that she opened her namesake school in Troy in 1814 to provide the type of education that was previously unavailable for girls.
Learn about late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s socially conscious writings and the life that inspired them at Steepletop, her home and gardens in Austerlitz, May 1st–Nov. 1st.