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Fifteen miles northwest of Manhattan is the suburban county of Rockland, the smallest county in New York outside of New York City. Its current population is 311,687. Its name derives from its description by early Dutch and English settlers as “rocky land.” Approximately one-third of the county is park land.
Rockland County is made up of five towns, nineteen incorporated villages, and a number of unincorporated villages and hamlets. This area is rich in American history, particularly as it pertains to the Revolutionary War.
During the war, the Hudson River was viewed by the British as a strategic; there were skirmishes at Haverstraw, west of the Hudson; Nyack, on its west shore; and Piermont, on its west bank. On May 5, 1783, George Washington received Sir Guy Carleton at Rockland County’s DeWint House, where they discussed the peace treaty; two days later General Washington returned the visit aboard a British war vessel, as the King’s Navy fired its first salute to the flag of the United States of America.
Today, the Village of Nyack is a residential community known for its antiques and fine restaurants. Popular antique and art galleries here include 21st Century Gallery, Antique Masters, Christopher’s Antiques Warehouse and Gene Reed Gallery.
The Village of Haverstraw, the original seat of government for the town, today hosts the area’s historic central downtown business district. Haverstraw enjoys one of the most geographically diverse terrains in Rockland County, from its popular waterfront to residential areas in the western part of town that contain mountainous open spaces and spectacular river views.
Haverstraw Village hosts the Farmers Market from June through October every Sunday. Bricktown Inn on Hudson Avenue, the village Bed & Breakfast, is located in an historic Haverstraw home built in 1885 and renovated to include all modern amenities. It offers four guest rooms and is host to Victorian Teas, bridal and baby showers, corporate retreats and luncheons.
Today’s Piermont, on the west bank of the Hudson, offers fabulous river views, an active art and music scene, and close proximity to the bridges that make it attractive to commuters to New York City.