Tomorrow is the last day of the Columbia County Fair for 2013--the 173rd annual Columbia County Fair. Fittingly, a reader just sent me the link to an article from The New York Times for September 26, 1863, which provides the information that 150 years ago, the Columbia County Fair took place not in Chatham, as it does today, but in Hudson.
The fairgrounds in Hudson were located just west of Fairview Avenue and north of Oakwood Boulevard, around the site of the Montgomery C. Smith School. In fact, Fairview Avenue got its name not because it afforded a belle vue or a buena vista but because you could see the fairgrounds from there, and Paddock Place was named not for the Paddock family, Stephen Paddock being one of the original Proprietors, but because the paddocks for the horses at the fairgrounds were located there.
A year earlier, in September 1862, the Hudson fairgrounds were the site of Camp Kelly, where the 128th Regiment was organized and mustered into service to fight for the Union in the Civil War.
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The picture of the fairgrounds, which is probably later than 1863, is from Historic Hudson's Rowles Studio Collection.