Located at the base of the Kaaterkill Clove, The Arlington (1865) began as a boarding house. The current proprietors’ family purchased the house in 1970, and are only the third owners of the property. Rip Van Winkle, Last of the Mohicans, and Leatherstocking are set in the locality which was the backdrop of The 7 Years’ War. Nearby is the Otis Railroad Site which served The Mountain House at North-South Lake. Luminaries flocked to the location including Washington Irving, Oscar Wilde, and three US Presidents. Palenville is home to the first Art Colony in America, founded by Asher B. Durand. The Hudson River School art movement bloomed here.