Harlem Valley Historic Pathways was created through the collaboration of the towns of Pawling, Amenia and North East, specifically Valerie LaRobardier, John Brockway, Bob Reilly, Ralph Fedele and the late Arlene Iuliano to promote cultural heritage tourism in eastern Dutchess.
This concept is now being expanded county-wide in small, incremental pilot tests. These maps currently have very limited data. The three maps shown below include:
- Locating the burial places of Persons of Color, who in the past were buried in dedicated cemeteries, or discreet portions of "White" cemeteries, often with no permanent marker or headstone.
- Pine Plains veteran Lester Whitney noted his trip to the front in WW1, landing in Brest, heading to training camps, and then into the fiercest combat battles of the war.
- The Marquis de Lafayette visited Poughkeepsie and a few other spots in Dutchess County during his 1824 national tour, walk in his footsteps!