This is a favorite bit of 20th-century Hudson lore, associated with one of the houses near the courthouse.
In the late 1970s, this house--6 West Court Street--was the home of the widow of a prominent Hudson attorney. She had married into one of Hudson's oldest families. Her husband was a descendant of a Proprietor and traced his roots back to Nantucket. In fact, he bore the name of the founder of Nantucket.
She is remembered by some, however, for a canape she typically served at neighborhood parties: peanut butter spread on a Ritz cracker and topped with a tiny dollop of mustard. For a few years around the turn of the 21st century, these "historic Hudson canapes," prepared by a board member, were among the hors d'oeuvres served at Historic Hudson annual meetings.