Valatie, New York
Valatie is a village located at the center of the town of Kinderhook in Colombia County, New York. Geographically it’s situated in New York’s Hudson Valley, five miles from the Hudson River, twenty-four miles from the state’s capital Albany, and has both the Valatie Kill (creek in Dutch) and Kinderhook Creek running through town. The two water ways made it a popular location for the Algonquian Mohicans which named it Pachaquak (cleared meadow), and in 1655, when the region was still New Netherland, it was settled by the Dutch and named Vaaltje (little falls). It was officially incorporate as Valatie in 1856. The creeks and several waterfalls in town made it an ideal spot for mills in the 18th and 19th century which supported the village’s economy. Today those waterfalls, combined with the village’s quaint atmosphere, bring in tourists who are the biggest drivers of the economy, and organizations like V.E.R.A. (Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association) look to capitalize on the industry. As of the 2010 census, Valatie’s population was 1,819, its historical peak, and growing.
My visit to Valatie