What is 3rd State?
To the tech world, it is the state at which all power is disconnected after completion. To me, its just a great place to get away from the rat race, and disconnect. And in what better town than in the city of Hudson?
I fell in love with Hudson before I bought my farm in Durham (across the river in Greene County). It was always a treat to escape the rigors of hard labor and have a nice meal in a small city where everyone seemed so nice. Despite having an incredible place (that needs TONS of work before it is even remotely capable of hosting), I still longed for a place in Hudson. When the opportunity presented itself, I knew the universe was looking out for that star I wished upon.
Yes. the farm was built in 1755. And yes, 3rd State was built in 1864. I am a glutton for punishment. I know this. BUT my work is your pleasure. I presently have three apartments (suites) ready for your family getaway, and four private rooms for a night or two. “Ohhhh . . . you’re a hotel,” you’re thinking. Well, sorta. It’s not a hotel, because we don’t have many single rooms. And we’re not a B&B because we don’t serve food. We are more of a G&G (go and get it). Technically, we are a rooming house or “guest house”.
With the interior fully renovated, 3rd State is able to host with 3 fully functional apartments, 4 single bedrooms, and a commercial space (restaurant, bar, or shop to be determined by whomever rents it). In total there are 13 beds (15 if you count the two meant for kids in the Star Wars suite); perfect for the wedding party, the church group, a family reunion, a seminar, school lodging, or just when you need a place to stay in Hudson as a single, a couple, a group of friends, a family, or an extended family. And because we aren’t operating with a big city, antiquing mindset, our prices are extremely affordable.
major exterior renovations have begun (removal of vinyl siding, new windows, renovated roof, rebuild of porch in front, new porch in back). No work happens if its below 45 degrees, before 10 am, after 5pm, or on weekends/holidays.
Please contact us for availability: firstname.lastname@example.org -or call- 917-514-8179
The History of 3rd State Hudson
As mentioned before, the building was built in 1864, by the Ball family in Hudson. Two men owned a contractor’s store on Union St., and were also local “painters” (which according to the Hudson Historical Society was a general descriptive of a modern day contractor). During the Civil War, they became intrigued with the up-and-coming Second Empire style arising out of France in 1860. 260 State Street was built to learn how to build and showcase this new style in Hudson, and was the very first Second Empire building built in Hudson. The Ball partner moved his entire family into it, and the house served as a single family home for 3 generations. If you notice closely, the cornices and eaves of the building can be found in other areas of Hudson, and you can easily tell those buildings were built by the Ball Brothers as well. During the Depression, their grandchildren moved the Union St. store into the first floor of the building, and subdivided the home into a six family dwelling. Somewhere along the line, it became a 5 family with a commercial space. It remained that way until the spring of 2016, when 3rd State Hudson was officially approved by the City of Hudson Planning Board to be a Rooming House.
Until recently, we could find no historical imagery of the building. Thanks to a local named Jim who dropped these off for us, we can now restore the awning to original detail (that were taken down when vinyl siding went up in the early 1980’s). Jim lived across the street from 260 State Street, and remembers throwing knives into the tree at the corner of 3rd and State. We asked if any of the carvings on the original store doors were his . . . . LOL . . . he didn’t respond!
In 1868, William Ball is listed as an Alderman of the 2nd ward of Hudson
For more information about the history of the family, please visit Gossips of Rivertown.