Rhinebeck is a small village located in the Hudson Valley region of New York. The village was established in the late 17th century, when Dutch settlers began to arrive from Albany and Rensselaerwyck (now Schenectady). They came to this area because it had the most productive soil for farming purposes. Rhinebeck’s economy has always been based on agriculture, but today it also relies on tourism and shopping centers such as Clinton County Mall & Outlet Center, which offers an array of stores such as Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret and Marshalls among others.
The town’s historical significance lies mainly in its role as a stopover point during early travel between Albany and New England during colonial times; however it also played an important role during American Revolution due to its strategic location along busy routes connecting New York City with Boston via Albany-Rensselaerville Road (later renamed Route 9W). Continue Reading