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Hudson Walking Tours

Looking for something fun to do for an hour or more in Hudson while simultaneously learning about the city’s rich history? Then download and enjoy one or more of five Hudson Walking Tours on your smartphone! The app itself and all five tours are free, and each of the tours, developed by the the Hudson Development Corp., tells the story of Hudson’s unique history through different themes. 

The tours are written and narrated by Sam Osterhout. From 2009 to 2011, Sam created, wrote, produced, and hosted the popular live scripted comedy series Radio Happy Hour, and he has developed television series for PBS, A&E, Animal Planet, Discovery, NatGeo, and History.

Audio clips are prompted automatically as you reach specific destinations on the tours, eventually telling a complete story centering around one of the following: Hudson’s Early Days, Hudson’s Firehouses, the Churches of Hudson and Cedar Park Cemetery, as well as insider knowledge of some of Hudson’s most discussed buildings.  

All the tours are FREE and can be listened to online or as part of the GeoTourist app. You only need a smartphone and a comfortable pair of shoes to enjoy the tours. 

The tours are as follows: 

Hudson’s Early Days
A walk up Warren from Parade Hill to the Spotty Dog that talks about the Proprietors and the general history of Hudson’s beginning.

Hudson’s Firehouses
A look at how fire shaped the development of Hudson, and Hudson Fire Dept’s role in volunteer firefighting. Starts at Washington Hose and ends at the Armory after hitting all the one-time firehouses.

Cedar Park Cemetery
A head stone says a lot about a person’s life. Walk the park and learn stories behind names like Fred Jones, A. Corning Clark, and John Van Allen. And find out who’s below the sundial, and who was behind the disappearance of American Flags in the War plots.

Churches of Hudson
Ten churches tell the story of the varied community of people who have called Hudson their home, how the worship and what their church’s structure says about them.

Hudson’s Insider Tour
What did they make at the Basilica? Who was General Worth? Which block in Hudson was America’s first gated community?Take this tour around Hudson’s side streets to find the answers to these questions and more.

Visit for a list of all five tours on one page.

There are between 10 to 20 stops on each tour, each covers about one to 1.5 miles walking, and each takes between one and 1.5 hours to complete.

Simply download the free GeoTourist app, create an account and search for the titles below. The app can be found on the iOS App Store or Google Play for Android.

If you enjoy the tours, please give them a positive rating on GeoTourist so more visitors to Hudson can find them!

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