How Did All Angels Hill Road Get Its Peculiar Name?
If you've ever traveled on this Dutchess County road you may have wondered about its strange name.
All Angels Hill Road stretches from the Dutchess County Airport all the way down to Route 82 in the Town of Wappinger. According to a recent Facebook post from the town, the road has a very interesting past.
In 1847, the mountain the road travels across was known as Mount Hope. A farmer named William Marvin owned about 200 acres of the land between Pye Lane and Myers Corners Road. Marvin's daughter, Charlotte, married a New York doctor named Anthony Underhill. The groom's family decided to build a mansion on Marvin's land, naming the spot Underhill Hill.
The Underhill Hill was eventually purchased in 1903 by the All Angels Episcopal Church in New York City. The church wanted to use the land as a camp for the poor, giving a chance for underprivileged children from New York City to spend time in the fresh air of the Hudson Valley. For some reason, the Underhill's mansion was repurposed as a huge chicken coop. Because of health and safety reasons, the building was eventually torn down. After the camp left the area, the name stayed, and today the road is still called All Angel's Hill Rd.