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The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson
is one of those sweet hidden gems that can be found
sprinkled throughout the Hudson Valley. It lies on
the southern banks of the Newburgh Bays, tucked beneath
the north rise of Storm King Mountain.
It's now mostly a bedroom
community of commuters, yet it manages to maintain
a unique sense of identity and a vibrant business
district. The downtown blocks bustle with activity
from sidewalk cafes to ice cream shops to art galleries
Early in America's history,
Cornwall was a vital center of commerce and shipping
along the Hudson. From its strategic location, it
commands the entrance to the North Gate of the Hudson
Highlands, the bottle-neck created by the Hudson River
as it flows south into the Hudson Highlands.
Along the river itself,
Cornwall has created a charming riverside park. Great
lawns allow for ball playing, wandering and snoozing.
Residents can be found on pleasant days picnicking
on the tables near the bank. Private boats cruise
by and children play along the river's edge.