There are several mini-towns throughout the Hudson Valley that people only know about on paper, or they live there. So when someone asked me about Rochdale and then said I probably drive through it often, I had to stop and think, "Where is Rochdale?"

They finally stopped laughing at me and let me know that it is sort of between the Arlington section of Poughkeepsie and Pleasant Valley in that Route 44 corridor. If you were to try and find it on a map, I am not sure that you could. It is in the approximate area of Adams Fairacre Farms and the Purple Parlor Car Wash on Route 44 in Poughkeepsie.

So what other "towns" are there in this part of Dutchess County, NY? Here are a few, do you know where they are? Do you drive through them all the time and think nothing about them? Here are the "hamlets" and then the towns that they are identified with:


  • Arlington
  • Fairview
  • Titusville
  • Red Oaks Mill
  • Freedom Plains
  • Spackenkill

Hyde Park

  • Haviland
  • East Park

What is a hamlet? According to Webster's online dictionary a hamlet is a small town. There is more info on what a Hamlet is and how it applies to New York State from Grand Gorge. Here is what they had to say, and it makes sense:

a hamlet is a populated area within a town that is not part of a village. The term "hamlet" is not defined under New York law (unlike cities, towns and villages), but is often used in the state's statutes to refer to well-known populated sections of towns that are not incorporated as villages.

Do you live in a hamlet, but really associate it with the name of the larger town? Tell us what the name of your hamlet is, let's check it out!

5 Types of Apple Pie You Will Find in New York

There are many different types of apple pies, here are a few that you will find when eating some of the best pies in New York State.

Sneak Peek at New 'State-Of-The-Art' Hudson Valley Supermarket

After a long delay, a state-of-the-art supermarket is finally ready to open. Take a look inside before you go yourself.

13 Things Invented in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is known for many things, but not many people are aware that some of the world's most iconic inventions were made right here in our area.

Hudson Valley Humane Society Seeking Urgent Placements for Pets

They are going to be doing construction and that means that there will be loud noises and construction which may be disturbing to some of their residents.

6 Ways To Help Your Hudson Valley Neighbors

Looking for a way to make a difference here in the Hudson Valley? You don't have to spend money, maybe just a few hours per week of your time. Here are a few ways:

25 Wineries and Breweries to Visit in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is known for its amazing wineries and breweries. Here is a list of 25 worth checking out!