The town website gives some idea of the character of the place. The welcome reads, “The residents of Stuyvesant are its greatest natural resource and real treasure. Always ready with a smile or a helping hand, it is the people that make Stuyvesant the quintessential upstate rural community.” A video called Our Town Stuyvesant gives a glimpse at what the locals value; the narrator says, “You might think little changes here but the seasons, but we know how to preserve what matters.”
One of the traditions the people of Stuyvesant preserve is a calendar of annual events that gives neighbors and visitors a chance to come together and celebrate. The Historic Stuyvesant Day community picnic (people are asked to “please bring a dish to share”), Ken Hummel Memorial Races, the Corn Festival, Halloween Festival and the River Sweep and trail clean-up are great ways to assimilate yourself once you’ve found a home for sale in Stuyvesant. Stuyvesant Train Depot, on the National Register of Historic Places, hosts some of these events as well as a weekly farmers market in season. The town garden club is 80 years old! Tradition!
In 2006 Stuyvesant was named the very first agricultural community in New York to become a NYS Greenway Model Community and receive a grant to develop a comprehensive plan that would become the guide to future zoning in the town. Some of the plan’s recommendations relate to the waterfront (“improve access to the river and develop a park and boat launch, create historic interpretive facilities”), natural resources, history and cultural resources.
Many in town are anxious to share and promote its local treasures, one of which is the Stuyvesant Falls Mill District, a national historic district made up of 19th-century industrial sites and power sources from which Stuyvesant Falls once derived its livelihood. It includes mill dams, sites of a grist mill and paper mill, a cotton mill, a woolen mill complex and an iron truss bridge erected in 1899. Other historic sites include Nutten Hook Reserves Historic Ice House and the Scott Ice House, the largest of 130 or so local businesses essential for keeping food fresh in pre-refrigerator days.
Stuyvesant is equally well-endowed with natural gifts. The area affords access to boat launches at Stockport Flats, one of the Hudson River estuary’s most important habitats, with opportunities to view wildlife, including bald eagles. Lewis A. Swyer Preserve is a tidal swamp, marsh and mudflats with a half-mile boardwalk, where the daily tides change the fresh water level by more than four feet in the Mill Creek. In town, there’s a nice park at Stuyvesant Falls with access to the falls and a small beach. As for conveniences, groceries are about five miles away in Kinderhook, and the hospital is 12 miles away in Hudson.
Being an agricultural community, the farmers are busy. There's Blue Star Farm, where they grow over 130 varieties of herbicide- and pesticide-free vegetables and herbs. Berries, apples, veggies and culinary and medicinal herbs are grown at the certified organic Red Oak Farm, where they raise heritage-breed laying hens. Stewardship Farms is also certified organic, and they grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. The folks at Cheval Farmstead Dairy primarily are makers of various delicious types of goat cheese; in 2014 they started selling their own prepared foods, like pot pies, lasagnas and chili.