Located in eastern Orange County, New York, Cornwall is approximately 50 miles north of NYC in the lower Hudson Valley, nestled between the Schunnemunk Mountains on the west, and the Hudson River on the east, the area was inhabited by the Waoraneck Indians when Henry Hudson first visited the area in 1609. Soon thereafter, a small group of Scottish farmers came and settled the area. The ground proved to be so fertile that scores of English and Scottish families flocked to the area and dubbed it the “new Cornwall.” The town was formally founded in 1788.
Located close to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the area has played an important role in the founding and formation of the United States. As the country grew and prospered, Cornwall became a popular summer resort town for wealthy New Yorkers who arrived by rail or sailed up the river.To this day, the area draws people from around the world who come to enjoy the numerous state parks (Storm King State Park
, the Black Rock Forest
, Schunemunk Mountain State Park
, Harriman State Park
, and Stewart State Park
, to name just a few). Hiking and biking trails abound, and the Hudson River and many local creeks and lakes offer four seasons of fun.Visitors to the area will delight in the rich history that West Point
(whose alumni include Lee, Grant, Jackson, Sherman, Pickett, Custer, Pershing, MacArthur, Patton, Bradley, Eisenhower, Haig, Schwarzkopf, and countless others) and the nearby Washington’s Headquarters
(his headquarters for the last 2 years of the Revolutionary War), take in the breathtaking sites of the Storm King Art Center
(one of the largest outdoor sculpture gardens in the world), enjoy the wonderful wineries and vineyards along the Shawangunk Wine Trail
, or shop the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
– a 220 store outlet mall providing exceptional bargains on brand named merchandise.
Cornwall, and the nearby towns of Washingtonville, Warwick, Beacon, offer much in the way of farmers markets, antique shopping, dining, window browsing, and an old-time, small-town America feel.