Join along as we take a deeper look into the neighborhood’s history presented by the social security disability attorneys in Beacon, NY, at Markhoff & Mittman, P.C.


The city of Beacon is situated in the southern section of Dutchess County, in the state of New York. The city takes up 3,123.2 acres and includes 89.6 acres of water, like Fishkill Creek. Fishkill Creek flows across the entire town before dumping into the Hudson River. In the town’s center, Fishkill Overlook Falls is a great scenic area to view the stunning falls created by the creek. Some of the neighboring communities are West Fishkill, Glenham, and Newburgh, just across the Hudson River.

Early History

Francis Rombout and Gulian Verplanck, New York City merchant-fur traders, purchased the area from the Wappinger tribe in 1683. The Wappinger tribe were Eastern Algonquian Munsee-speaking Native Americans that lived along the lower Hudson River. Some of the early landowners of the Rombout Patent included the following:

  • Jacobus Kipp
  • Stephanus Van Cortlandt
  • Roger Brett (husband of Francis Rombout’s daughter)

As it is now called, Madam Brett Homestead was part of the 28,000 acres along the Vis Kill owned by Catheryna and Roger Brett. The Bretts operated a flour mill that became the producer of one-third of the state’s flour. As she would sell the land to the incoming settlers, she did restrict the building of any mills on the property.


The neighborhood is home to many historical places such as the following:

  • 1709 – Madam Brett Homestead – located on Van Nydeck Avenue
  • 1750 – Bogardus-DeWindt House – located on Tompkins Avenue
  • 1785 – Denning’s Point – the current site of The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
  • 1867 – Eustatia – located on Monell Place
  • 1872 – The Howland Cultural Center, also known as the Howland Library – located on Main Street
  • 1859 – Reformed Church of Beacon, initially the Reformed Dutch Church of Fishkill Landing – located on Walcott Avenue

There are many parks scattered throughout the town, including:

  • South Ave Park
  • Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park
  • Pete And Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park
  • Memorial Park
  • The Park at University Settlement Camp
  • Green Street Park


The town had 15,541 residents in 2010, following an increase of 12.6% from the 2000 count of 13,808. There were 5,091 households and 3,360 families in the area with 5,406 housing units. The racial makeup of the townspeople was the following:

  • 68.37% white 
  • 19.65% African American
  • 16.90% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.31% Native American
  • 1.31% Asian
  • 0.00% Pacific Islander
  • 6.92% other races
  • 3.44% two or more races

The income average for the households was $45,236, and the family average income was $53,811. The neighborhood is a mixed workforce community, meaning that it was not predominantly white or blue-collar. The occupations most commonly held include the following:

  • 11.60% office and administrative support roles
  • 10.08% management occupations
  • 8.48% sales jobs

Follow along for more historical facts about the nearby communities: The History of Goshen, NY

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