The 411: A small, hip village east of Woodstock, built around the convergence of Esopus Creek and the Hudson River, and the hometown of comedian Jimmy Fallon. Barent Cornelis Volge, who opened a sawmill here in 1652, was known to the local Esopus Indian tribe as “The Little Sawyer” — Saugerties, in Dutch.
In 1710, some 300 families from the Palatinate region of Germany settled here en masse, working in the sawmills, lumberjacking, harvesting ice from the Hudson, working the quarries, and establishing tollbooths on the river and the highways to generate income. The Martin Cantine Paper Company, which mastered the art of coated papers, dominated local industry for most of the 20th century. Check out Opus 40, Harvey Fite’s environmental sculpture in an old quarry; Saugerties Lighthouse; and the annual Saugerties Garlic Festival, a big hit among non-vampires across the Valley.