Madam Brett Park
Madam Brett Park - Beacon - NY Travel Blog› entry 686 of 1090 › view all entries
During my visit, earlier today, to the Beacon Mountain, I was very impressed by the management of the Scenic Hudson Organization. In a brochure I took from the info panel at Beacon Mountain I learnt that there were many more Scenic Hudson Sites nearby. I decided to visit one more. One with waterfalls and a really short hike to marshlands in the Madam Brett Park.
The little park is located at the shore of the picturesque Fishkill Creek, at the site where Catheryna Rombout Brett, one of the first European settlers in that region, owned a gristmill, in the 1600s. The site grew later out to the location of factories, that again got powered by the Fishkill Creek. The industry type? Hats! In such a huge amount that Beacon got its nickname "New York's Hat-Making Capital".
The factory is closed and is ageing, when you arrive at the park's entrance it looks a bit strange, parking your car near a ruin of a factory. The trail heads in two directions. East leads to a nice waterfall, west takes the hiker, via a boardwalk over the creek, along the old factory, to a marshland with a tidal environment. Very quiet and nice.
More pictures below!