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In 1683 Dutchess County became one of the twelve original counties of New York, here’s how it got its name.

According to the Dutchess County Government website, Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River in the year 1609 and claimed the valley for the Dutch Crown. When it came time to name the area, it was named after Mary of Modena, then Duchess of York and wife of the future King of England, King James II.

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Revolutionary War Battle Rages in Fishkill

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What may be the last battle of the American Revolution is being fought in Fishkill.

The fight pits an historical organization and residents against a pugnacious developer. It also involves a local government that until recently seemed ready to accommodate him.

At stake is a 10.5-acre parcel on the east side of Route 9 (the Albany Post Road of colonial days), opposite the largely vacant Dutchess Mall.

Over many years, the dispute has involved a thicket of litigation; allegations that someone salted the property with bones to suggest it contains important patriot burials; political maneuvering; withering attacks on social media; and spying on the historical group by an undercover investigator hired by the developer.

The skirmish reflects broader concerns about the impact of development on neighboring communities, including Beacon, which could end up processing the site’s sewage, and Philipstown, which shares mountains, streams and Revolutionary War history with Fishkill.

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