Largely forgotten since the blowout Tercentennial of 1909, Henry Hudson is poised for a Quadricentennial comeback in his Namesake City of Hudson.
Almost everyone knows that the City of Hudson was founded by whalers and merchantmen who moved here from Nantucket. They sailed the world out of their new “seaport far from the sea” and saw it quickly rival New York City as a bustling port. In the 1790s, it became the fastest growing city in the new nation, and Hudson missed being named the permanent capital of New York by only one vote. No surprise that the sea-going founders of the city had named it in honor of the fellow mariner whose seminal voyage of discovery in 1609 had redrawn the world’s trade routes forevermore. Still, over the years, the connection between thet city and the man it honored became lost to many of its inhabitants.
The Namesake Celebration of 2009 will change that.
In February 2009, the Common Council of the City of Hudson passed a resolution to give a name to its unnamed waterfront park—“henceforth and forevermore to be known as HENRY HUDSON RIVERFRONT PARK” in honor of the City’s namesake. The park will be dedicated in Capt. Hudson’s honor during the Namesake Celebration on the last weekend in July of this Quadricentennial year.