A few of you mentioned the exteriors in the first picture of my last post. Here are a few more buildings in Hudson. They don't do it justice, but will give you an idea of the variety of architecture. The above is on Warren Street, the town's main drag. Orange!
The green building is a tea house. Settled by the Dutch in the 17th century, Hudson became home to New England whalers and sea-faring merchants in the 18th century--they brought their ships up the Hudson River to hide them from the British Navy.
In the 19th century knitting mills and other small industries flourished, but by the end of that century Hudson, like so many industrial towns, began a steep decline.
It's a pretty 2-hour train ride along the Hudson River from Manhattan to Hudson, and in the 80's gentrification began. Antique dealers started setting up shop in the 90's, and now there are an abundance of them, as well as plenty of eating establishments and two bookstores, but it's still a little funky and run down.
For me, it's at that perfect stage of gentrification--not too busy or upscale, but vital and interesting.