Cider Mill Friends is on the eastern border of Spackenkill, on Cedar Avenue. It’s kind of a neat story: Part of a large agricultural property owned by the Kimlin family since circa-1850, the 1727 barn that stands there survives due to a non-profit group that purchased it from a developer who planned to raze it. The Kimlin Cider Mill is a local landmark, popular since forever with Vassar students as a retail outlet for apple cider and, starting in the 1920s, a museum and kind of fun farm. Now the barn and surrounding meadow are being restored for future generations to enjoy. If you’re the volunteering type or just want to have a look, check out the events schedule, which, in the past, has included an Old-Fashioned Cider Tasting and an online auction.
Spackenkill NY has its own Hagantown Park near the middle of the hamlet. Locust Grove, Samuel Morse’s home, is a local haven, a National Historic Landmark estate, museum and 200-acre nature preserve set high up over the Hudson River with five miles of hiking trails, a very nice neighbor to have when you want to get away from it all.
The rest of the city of Poughkeepsie, including the beautiful Vassar College campus just northeast of Spackenkill, is there for everything and anything you might need.