Sixty miles north of Manhattan sits the crumbling historic city of Newburgh, New York, where layers of Americana await exploration.
Here, on the shores of the Hudson River, General George Washington negotiated the end of the Revolutionary War, refused to don a crown, and set in place an epic future that would forever dub Newburgh the “birthplace of the republic”. A major port in the 19th century, manufacturing, shipping, and trade boomed, and the streets teemed with full-skirted women, top-hat capped men, and boisterous children living full, raucous lives. Buildings by master craftsmen and world-renowned architects dotted the city. Through war and industrialization, commerce and culture ensured robust populations, pride, and patriotism for the people of Newburgh.
It seemed like the city on the river might always be one of prosper and promise.