Poet's Walk Park: A 'valetje' or a 'valletje'?

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View on the Hudson and the Catskill Mountains

I have a few days off and I am heading to the Adirondack Mountains with a stop over in the state capitol, Albany. On my way to north I decided to do one of the short hikes that are usually too far away and too short to hike as a day excursion from New York City: Poet's Walk Park.

Poet's Walk Park is a small park at the shore of the Hudson, near the Kingston - Rhinecliff Bridge. It is managed by Scenic Hudson. In the past the land was used by farmers. Then in the golden era of the 1800s rich families as the Astors and Delanos acquired the lands and hired the landscape architect Hans Jacob Ehlers to transform it into a beautiful Garden. They also built an estate and named it "Steen Valetje" in honor of the region's Dutch heritage.

Steen Valetje (photo: info panel in park)
 

According to the info panel in the park "Steen Valetje" would be Dutch for "Little Stony Falls". Well, "steen" means "stone". But "Valetje"? No, that means more or less: "Little Chamber Servant"... They might have intended to call it "Stenen Valletje", and maybe they did that, until later on a mis spelling was used for the official name.

Anyway, the "Steen Valetje" estate is gone, the park landscape is still here and offers dramatic views on the Hudson River, The Catskill Mountains and the Kingston - Rhinecliff Bridge!

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om 

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View on the Hudson and the Catskil…
View on the Hudson and the Catski…
Steen Valetje (photo: info panel i…
Steen Valetje (photo: info panel …
Entering the grounds
Entering the grounds
A reconstructed pavillion
A reconstructed pavillion
View on the Hudson and the Kingsto…
View on the Hudson and the Kingst…
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GPS profile (rendered by gpsvisua…
Poet's Walk Park - NY
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