Sitting in the Wallkill Valley, the pleasant college town of New Paltz, New York is alive with culture, nature, and history. Home to the State University of New York at New Patlz, the area draws many students of the arts who have helped to develop the town into a thriving center of arts and culture.
Settled in 1678 by French Huguenots, New Paltz is among the oldest communities in the United States today.
Though originally planning to build on the flats on the west side of the Wallkill River, the settlers thought better of it when warned by Native Americans of the yearly floods on the riverbank. Instead they built on the eastern bank, which has a higher elevation. As a result, many of the buildings dating back to the early 18th century still remain in the town.
Higher education has been of supreme importance to the members of the community since the early 19th century. Several establishments were opened along Heguenot Street and North Front Street in the 1830s, and in the late 19th century the college was built where the State University now stands.
Beyond the town’s thriving main street filled with fun shops, and restaurants, lay the Shawangunk Mountains. One of the premier rock climbing destinations in the U.S, these mountains also provide so much more, including great cross country skiing, and sledding in winter.Tags: Feature