BEACON

Located in the southwestern corner of Dutchess County, approximately 60 miles north of New York City and 90 miles south of Albany.

 

One of the first colonial communities, Beacon was settled by Europeans as the villages of Matteawan and Fishkill Landing in 1709. The name Beacon comes from the historic fires set by American revolutionaries at the summit of the Fishkill Mountains that served as “beacons” to alert the Continental Army of British troop movements. Originally an industrial city along the Hudson, Beacon experienced a revival beginning in 2003 with the arrival of Dia Beacon, one of the largest modern art museums in the United States. Today, Beacon enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a haven for myriad artists and modern makers.

Ever since Dia:Beacon, one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the country, opened in 2003, Beacon has established itself as a mecca for art and artists,

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