Spotlight: Hudson River

A message from Hudson Views:

Hudson Highland Tours, LLC, known as Hudson Views, is pleased to sponsor this ongoing “spotlight” from the Dutchess County Historical Society featuring the beauty of the Hudson River.

The strategic role of the Hudson River during the Revolutionary War prompted George Washington to call it the key to the North American continent. There is no stronger testimony to the river’s breadth, scale and beauty than it’s lending its name to the founding school of art in the emerging United States: the Hudson River School of painting.

Hudson Views provides unique private boat charters throughout the Hudson Highlands and surrounding areas on the Hudson River so guests can explore and enjoy the rich beauty and history of the Hudson River and the works of art by the Nature Painters known as the Hudson River School. Contact Rob Doyle at

These “panoramic” books often allowed the steamboat rider to flip between the east and west view at any given point.