Valatie was first named Pachaquak, meaning "cleared meadow", by the earliest Native American settlers—Algonquian Mohicans—who lived along the banks of Valatie's two waterways now referred to as Valatie Kill and Kinderhook Creek.
Part of the original New Netherland, the first European settlers were the Dutch who settled Kinderhook around 1665, and named this area "Vaaltje", which means "little falls".
The Village of Valatie was incorporated in 1856., and was considered the center of commerce in northern Columbia County throughout the 19th century.
Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association
is a nonpartisan collective of individuals, businesses
and organizations working together
to enhance the community of Valatie.
Together, we are creating a vibrant and attractive downtown that supports existing merchants while attracting visitors and new business to the historic Village of Valatie, New York. V.E.R.A. also sponsors events that bring visitors to the village to experience our bustling Main Street and our beautiful waterfalls. Check out V.E.R.A.'s calendar for what’s coming next.
Support the rebirth of the community of Valatie and become a V.E.R.A. member today! Businesses receive increased local patronage, group marketing and advertising, links, and social media including targeted marketing.
Randall Schmit, President
David D. Bruner