Historical structures offer peek into Rhinecliff’s past

RHINECLIFF — The hamlet of Rhinecliff, nestled along the river in the Town of Rhinebeck, offers visitors a taste of history.

Resident Cynthia Owen Philip, who wrote a book about the hamlet, “Rhinecliff, A Hudson River History,” has said the appeal of the community centers on the fact that it has remained virtually unchanged through the years.

The hamlet boasts six structures that represent its heritage: The Riverside Methodist Church and Rectory (1859), the O’Brien General Store and Post Office (1863), Morton Memorial Library (1905), the Free Church Parsonage (1869), the Rhinecliff Railroad Station (1914) and the Rhinecliff Hotel (1854) 

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For more information about the hamlet of Rhinecliff and what it has to offer, visit www.rhinecliff.org.