Burger Hill
Route 9G, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY
76 acres


Directions:

Located on Route 9G, 2.5 miles south of the intersection of Route 9 and 9G. (Located between green mileage markers 3152 and 3151 on Route 9G.)


Geology:

Burger Hill is 550 feet high. It was created during the ice age, some 12,000 years ago. From it are panoramic vistas of the Hudson River, Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic Mountains, Stissing Mountain and the Berkshires.


Habitats:

open meadows and rural, scenic beauty.


History:

The Rhinebeck area had Sepasco Indians (Delawares).

1679 -- Henry Beekman gets a patent, including this area.

1710 -- German Palatines arrive (sponsored by Queen Anne who felt sorry for their sufferings).

1717 -- tenants, named Burkhardt (Burger later), settled here. Elisabetha Burkhardt, widow of Johannes, came to Rhinebeck with two children.

Others who lived here:
her son -- Martin Burger
her grandson -- David Burger
her great grandson -- George Burger

1830 -- the property was sold to her great great grandson, Frederick Burger.

Owners in the 20th century included:
Ralph and Carrie de Garmo
Frank Menz
James H. Leachman
Dean and Phyllis Hunter

1997 -- the Hunters sold the property to Scenic Hudson.

Today -- property managed by the Winnake Land Trust, Inc.


Facilities:

This is a popular picnicking, hiking, and sledding spot.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney and Judith Fitzgerald, 8/03/02
* = found in bloom


Trees:
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven)
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Pinus sp. (pine) 3 needled pine 5-6"
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)

Shrubs:
Cornus racemosa (gray-stemmed dogwood)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Viburnum lentago (nannyberry viburnum)

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Herbs:
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) *
Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle) *
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) *
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) *
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)
Galium mollugo (wild madder) *
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Lotus corniculatus (birdfoot trefoil) *
Lycopus americanus (water horehound) *
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) *
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum sagittatum (arrowhead tearthumb)
Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) *
Sparganium sp. (burreed) *
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) *
Trifolium repens (white clover) *
Verbena hastata (blue vervain) *
Vicia cracca (cow vetch) *

Rushes:
Juncus effusus (soft rush)
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex lurida (sallow sedge)
Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark-green bulrush)

Grasses:
Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomeratus (orchard grass)
Lolium perenne (English rye grass)
Phalaris arundinacea (Canary reed grass)
Phleum pratense (Timothy grass)

Ferns:
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)