Rosendale was first settled in the late 1700’s. In the early 1800’s natural cement limestone was discovered in the area – a key ingredient for producing what later famously became Rosendale Cement. The high quality material was used to build some of the nations most enduring landmarks such as The Brooklyn Bridge, and the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. It was also used to build the D & H Canal, a former network of waterways that carried barges filled with raw materials to and from the area.
Today Rosendale is a vibrant community that has the fresh feel of the wild west. The town has a funkier look than manicured weekender locales like Rhinebeck, but it is closer to the City than other lower-cost towns. The Main Street has a number of restaurants and unique shops with the Rondout Creek meandering nearby. The Village is easily navigated by foot or bicycle, thanks to new sidewalks and bike lanes that have been added, which connect to the nearby rail trail.