Farming, fishing, boat building, manufacturing and quarrying feature prominently in Nyack’s history. It’s a village that’s older than the United States, and despite the perceptions of most NYC residents, it is NOT upstate.
The WRITTEN NYACK HISTORY begins in 1675-76 when a 20-year-old Dutchman named Herman Douwese (son of Douwe) came to camp on his father’s land after an Indian deed had been signed and a royal patent had been issued. He was the first known European settler in what is now Rockland County. The natives that Herman found here were the Nyacks, a band of Lenape who had moved here from Coney Island and who had some Taino words in their unique dialect, suggesting that some of their ancestors may have come from the Caribbean.