Hillsdale, A History

Town Historians

Chris Atkins and Lauren Letellier
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Hillsdale Historians Blog

Local Research Sources

Columbia County Historical Society Research Library

William Better
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Hudson, NY 12534

Hillsdale’s Historic District

In January 2010, the Hillsdale Historic Hamlet District, with 82 historic structures, was added to the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation. Not only does having a property on the National Register make some property owners eligible for tax incentives, but this is also a highly symbolic honor and recognizes our Hamlet’s architectural diversity and unique origins as a cultural crossroads. See a map of the district.

For more information on the New York’s Department of Historic Preservation, visit them here.

To learn more about Hillsdale’s landmark designation, our history and Hillsdale’s unique architectural diversity click here.

Download a PDF of the survey process here.


Hillsdale: Our Story” and “Portraits”

Parmet’s History of Hillsdale

Collin’s History of Hillsdale on Google Books

Looking for Your Nobletown/Hillsdale Ancestors?

Hillsdale on Wikipedia

Early Nobletown history

Interesting Columbia County history and genealogy

1851 and 1858 Maps of Hillsdale

Hillsdale Rural Cemetery

Hillsdale’s Lost Buildings

Fire on Cold Water Street

The Roeliff Jansen Park

Hillsdale Since 2000

Celebrating Alan Devoe

Hillsdale’s Grange Hall

Hillsdale’s Railroad

Hillsdale Town Hall

Hillsdale Toll House

The Flag Bearer Monument

Flag Bearer Monument Centennial 2016

Hillsdale’s Historic Markers

James Agee buried in Hillsdale

Farmerette Shop

Hillsdale in Old Post Cards

Vincent Photo Collection Old Hillsdale

Harvey Photo Collection Old Hillsdale

Olivia Parry Bissell

Hillsdale in NYT 2005

Wilkes Bashford

Hillsdale Painters