ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's a milestone the Town of Marlborough is celebrating. It just hit its 225th birthday. Dozens of people came out to celebrate at the Cluett Schantz Memorial Park Sunday afternoon.
"Part of the success is because of the Hudson River,” said Mary Lou, the town’s historian. “Because that makes the shipment of food fairly easy.”
Mary Lou said since the town was established in 1788, the area has primarily sustained itself through farming and its production of fruit. Benmarl Winery's Ted Baker agrees.
"There have always been grapes on the property for those 300 years,” said Baker. “Right up to the present day."
He said Benmarl in Malboro has one of America's oldest continuing vineyards.
"It's still a town that makes people hearts go pitter patter,” said Mary Lou.
And now that the town is celebrating its 225 years on the map, that same feeling was echoed by the town's next generation.
"I love that it's a small town and everybody knows everybody and everyone's so close," said Rachel Sandri, 15.
"It's really friendly, you can pick your own apples, it's not busy like the city, so I just love it," said Grace Mckay, 13.