Middletown located a
little too far inland from the Hudson River to fall within strict boundaries of
a definition of the Hudson Valley but close enough to warrant inclusion on this
website. Like other cities such as Poughkeepsie and Newburgh, Middletown has its
share of downtown storefronts left vacant due to flight of commerce to
suburban strips just beyond the downtown fringe. But there are some bright spots
as well. The former Erie Railroad station, for example, is in good condition and
actively used as the Middletown Public Library. One can only dream of the day
when the grand Ontario and Western Railway Station will be brought back to life.
A short distance away from downtown stands the largely still-active grounds
formerly of the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital. A portion
of the main buildings still stands, abandoned.
Beyond the suburban strip, the landscape is rural and and many acres have been preserved as parkland. In the history of creating parks in New York, established communities were typically forced out. After the land was returned to a "natural" state, the ruins of those who lived and worked there can still be found today. Highland Lakes State Park is one such place for an enjoyable hike to spot some ruins.
Middletown Ontario and Western Railway Station
Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital
Highland Lakes State Park
Yaz’ Hudson Valley Ruins and Abandoned Buildings, etc.
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