The 411: Ellenville is a bucolic village nestled in a narrow valley between the Catskills and the Shawangunk Ridge. (The eponymous Ellen is Ellen Snyder, the sister-in-law of the proprietor of the Hoornbeek Tavern, where the decision to christen the town was decided.)
Ellenville hit its stride when the Delaware & Hudson Canal was opened in the 1820s. The navigable waterway made this the gateway to parts west; according to researchers at the Terwilliger House Museum, every westward-bound wagon carried a demijohn made here. Imperial Schrade, the renowned knife manufacturer, operated here for over a century before closing five years ago.