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Poughkeepsie serves as the county seat of Dutchess County. It's located in the Hudson Valley, about halfway between New York City and Albany. The area was settled by the Dutch in 1683. Its quirky name is of Wappinger Indian origin, meaning "reed-covered lodge by the little water place." Today, it's home to Vassar College, Marist College and Dutchess Community College, which means homes for rent are surrounded by an eclectic mix of residents. Its great location and tight sense of community make Poughkeepsie a wonderful place to raise a family.

Historical Information About Dutchess County

  • The east bank of the Hudson River was home to the Wappinger Indians and other members of the Algonquin Federation before Henry Hudson claimed the area for the Dutch in 1609.
  • Dutchess County was named after England's future Queen Mary, not after the Dutch, who let go of their claim to the area in 1683.
  • Poughkeepsie was the state capital in 1788.
  • Beacon and Poughkeepsie housed thriving brick yards and textile mills, while the Livingstons and Roosevelts conducted shipping trades and farmed their huge estates along the Hudson River.
  • The railroads brought wealthy New Yorkers to Dutchess County, who built their weekend and seasonal retreats there. The Astors, Rogers and Vanderbilts were among them.

Useful Links for Renters New to Poughkeepsie

  • Poughkeepsie has a comprehensive website that's full of helpful information that will get new residents acquainted with their new hometown, like news and updates, contact information and bill payment systems.
  • The Poughkeepsie Journal keeps residents up to date on what's going on in their city and the surrounding area, covering local news and events relevant to the community.
  • Poughkeepsie has an Amtrak train station that can bring residents throughout the Northeast. Check out the website for tickets and schedule information.