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Rockland County: Nature, History, Art and Shopping for Everyone
For a close-but-real escape from the wonderful madness that can be New York City, Rockland County can’t be beat.
Located just about 10 miles north of Manhattan, Rockland County is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, with a median household income of $75,306 (2000 census). As such, it offers visitors here for business or pleasure an absolute wealth of culture, sites to see and things to do.
The Munsees and Lenni Lenape Indians were the first people to live in this area. Dutch settlers followed Henry Hudson soon after he sailed up the river that would eventually bear his name, anchoring near what is now Haverstraw in Rockland County.
There really is so much to do in Rockland County. In addition to the recreational activities available because of the county’s location right along the Hudson River (think kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boating, fishing and swimming), Rockland County has an incredible amount of parkland within it’s borders. Visitors may visit historic battlefields, nature parks and preserves.
Are you a Revolutionary War buff? Then Rockland County is a must-visit! Buckberg Mountain was the site of Washington’s Lookout, which General George Washington to plan a surprise attach on the British during the Battle of Stony Point.
You’ll many things to see and do no matter what time of year you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Rockland County. Check out the county’s indoor Farmer’s Market from February through May. Located in a schoolhouse built in 1860, the market offers shoppers chicken, meat, pies, breads and nuts, seasonal fruits and vegetables and more.
Visit in August and you’ll have the chance to enjoy two days of Native American Heritage Celebration, in which Native American songs, dances will be performed. You also may purchase crafts, jewelry and food.
If shopping is at the top of your list while visiting Rockland County, you’ll have plenty of stores to visit. The county has many wonderful antique stores (the hamlet of Nyack has more than 30!), to art galleries, to plenty of window shopping opportunities in towns that look as if they’ve never left the 17th, 18th, 19th or early 20th centuries. Those looking for more modern retail hunting venues can look forward to visiting the Palisades Center in West Nyack. This shopping center’s four levels offers you more than 250 specialty shops, as well as 13 restaurants, 25 eateries, a restored antique carousel, a skating rink and a 21-screen stadium-style movie theater.