Rosendale

As funky a town as you can find upstate, Rosendale is beloved for its street festivals, independent movie theater, and natural caves and lakes.  Nestled on the Rondout Creek, Rosendale is convenient to New Paltz, High Falls, Rifton and Kingston.  Check out Market Market for food and music, and the Rosendale Cafe for great vegetarian cuisine.

From Wikipedia:

Rosendale is a town in the center of Ulster CountyNew YorkUnited States. It once contained a village of the same name, which was dissolved through a vote. The population was 6,075 at the 2010 census.

The region was first settled by Europeans around 1685. The Town of Rosendale was formed in 1844 from parts of the Towns of HurleyMarbletown, and New Paltz.

The Rosendale region is most well known for the production of natural cement. The Rosendale natural cement industry began during of the construction the Delaware and Hudson Canal in 1825. Rosendale natural cement soon gained a reputation for quality among engineers and was used in the construction of many of the United States' most important landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the pedestal of the Statue of LibertyFederal Hall National Memorial, and one of the wings of the United States Capitol. The industry fell into decline in the early 1900s.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.8 square miles (54 km2), of which, 19.9 square miles (52 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it (3.90%) is water.

Rosendale is bisected or bordered by natural and man-made formations. The New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) passes through the town, and the Rondout Creek joins the Wallkill River by the east town line.