During the 19th century mills and factories sprang up in Glenham and Matteawan. The Glenham Woolen Mill, which brought an influx of skilled weavers from the British Isles, made the hamlet of Glenham a busy industrial center. The healthy economy enjoyed by the mills came to an end in the post-Civil War depression and the once thriving factories fell into decay. New life came in 1931 when Texaco purchased the old woolen mill site and established a research center there. Today, the town's industry is technology based and the farmland has been converted to residential housing. But the beauty of the area continues to attract new people, diversified businesses and tourists.
Continuing our tour in Beacon, a few miles from White Birch Estates, you’ll find yourself enjoying the vibrant renaissance that has transformed the City of Beacon over the past decade, beginning with the restoration of Beacon’s Main Street. Here, master builders have lovingly restored the 19th century charm of the Main Street storefronts, which include Hudson Valley Beach Glass, art galleries and studios, the Howland Library, the Rivers and Estuaries Storefront, the Bannerman Island Museum, the Fishkill Historical Society and an array of trendy boutiques and restaurants.
Nearby is The Dia Beacon Arts Center, a world-renowned museum that joins the internationally recognized Polich Tallix Foundry, the Howland Cultural Center, the new 90-acre performing arts campus of US Arts, outdoor sculpture gardens, brilliant architecture spanning three centuries and dozens of dazzling galleries in making Beacon the Hudson Valley’s most talked about artist’s enclave.