Upstate New York’s enduring legacy: the Staats House stands tall

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Upstate New York’s title of “oldest building” goes to the Staats House in Columbiaville, by the Hudson River. Built between 1644 and 1654, this stone and wood Dutch Colonial structure stands as a testament to the area’s early European settlers. Originally a small two-room dwelling, the Staats House was constructed by Abraham Staats, a Dutch fur trader.

Its location holds additional significance, as it sits on the very land where explorer Henry Hudson landed decades earlier. Over the centuries, the house has seen additions and renovations, but its core structure remains a vital link to Upstate New York’s colonial past.

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