National Register Listings in
Rockland County, New York

Andre, Maj. John, Monument Bear Mountain Bridge and Toll House Bear Mountain Inn Big House Blauvelt House Blauvelt-Cropsey Farm Brick Church Complex Brook Chapel Brookside Camp Hill School Christ Church Cliffside Closter Road-Oak Tree Road Historic District Concklin, Abner, House Contempora House De Wint House DeBaun, John A., Mill Dederer Stone House-Stonehurst DePew, Peter, House English Church and Schoolhouse Ferdon, William, House First Methodist Episcopal Church of Nyack First Reformed Church Fraser-Hoyer House Green, John, House Gurnee-Sherwood House Haddock's Hall Haring-Eberle House Homestead Hopper, Edward, Birthplace and Boyhood Home Hopson-Swan Estate House at 352 Piermont Avenue Houser-Conklin House Kings Daughters Public Library Ladentown United Methodist Church Little House M/V COMMANDER Main School McCready, Robert W. and Mary F., House McCullers, Carson, House Mount Moor African-American Cemetery Neiderhurst North Main Street School Old Sloatsburg Cemetery Onderdonk House Peck, Henry M., House Perry, Jacob P., House Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel Number 15 Piermont Railroad Station Pig Knoll School Poor, Henry Varnum, House Pousette-Dart, Richard, House and Studio Rockland County Courthouse and Dutch Gardens Rockland Print Works Rockland Road Bridge Rockland Road Bridge Historic District Rose, William H., House Ross-Hand Mansion Salyer, Edward, House Salyer, Michael, Stone House Seaman-Knapp House Seven Oaks Estate Shadowcliff Sloat House Sloat's Dam and Mill Pond Sloat, Jacob, House Sparkill Creek Drawbridge St. Paul's Episcopal Church St. Paul's United Methodist Church Stevens, H.R., House Stony Point Battlefield Stony Point District School No. 4 Stony Point Lighthouse Tallman-Budke and Vanderbilt-Budke-Traphagen Houses Tappan Historic District Tappan Zee Playhouse Terneur-Hutton House Torne Brook Farm Upper Nyack Firehouse US Post Office-Haverstraw US Post Office-Nyack US Post Office-Pearl River US Post Office-Spring Valley US Post Office-Suffern USCO Church, The Van Houten's Landing Historic District Washington Avenue Soldier's Monument and Triangle Washington Spring Road-Woods Road Historic District Wayside Chapel, Former
In 1777, the Battle of Saratoga took place in upstate New York and is considered a turning point in the American Revolution. It was the first major American victory and led to France recognizing the United States as a sovereign nation and entering the war as an ally.
Rockland County, located in the southeastern part of New York State, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The area was traditionally inhabited by the Munsee Lenape Native Americans, who lived along the banks of the Hudson River and relied on the bountiful natural resources of the region.

European settlement of Rockland County began in the early 17th century when Dutch and French Huguenot settlers established communities along the Hudson River. The Dutch West India Company purchased the land from Native American tribes in the mid-1600s, and the area became known as Orange County. In 1798, Rockland County was carved out of Orange County, and it was officially established as a separate county.

During the American Revolutionary War, Rockland County played a significant role. British forces occupied the area for a large portion of the war, making it a central location for military operations. Notably, the Battle of Stony Point took place in 1779, where American forces successfully recaptured the strategic Stony Point fort from the British in a daring midnight assault.

In the 19th century, Rockland County experienced significant industrial growth. The Hudson River provided an ideal shipping route for goods, leading to the development of thriving industries, such as brickmaking, quarrying, and textile manufacturing. The construction of railroads further fueled economic growth and helped connect the county to nearby cities like New York City.

Today, Rockland County is a desirable suburban area with a diverse population and a thriving economy. It is known for its charming towns and villages, picturesque landscapes, and historical landmarks. The county's history is celebrated and preserved through various museums, historical societies, and community events, offering residents and visitors a glimpse into its storied past.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Rockland County, New York.

  • 1609: Henry Hudson, an English explorer, sails up the Hudson River and explores the area now known as Rockland County.
  • 1664: The Dutch formally cede New Netherland to the English, and this region becomes part of the Province of New York.
  • 1683: Rockland County is established as one of the original 12 counties of New York.
  • 1777: British forces occupy Nyack during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1798: The Nyack Turnpike, the first major road in the county, is established.
  • 1806: The Village of Haverstraw is incorporated.
  • 1828: The Erie Railroad, the first major railroad in the county, opens.
  • 1845: The county's name changes from Orange County to Rockland County.
  • 1854: The West Shore Railroad is completed, providing improved transportation options.
  • 1883: The Nyack Suspension Bridge, now known as the Tappan Zee Bridge, is opened.
  • 1929: Palisades Interstate Park is established, protecting scenic areas along the Hudson River.
  • 1950s: Suburbanization begins, with many new housing developments springing up in the county.
  • 1994: The Tappan Zee Bridge is replaced by a new bridge, now called the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.