Bellvale, N.Y., has a unique history, separate from the Town of Warwick in which it is located. It was the site of an iron forge destroyed by the British in 1750, an act that pushed colonists to the Revolutionary War in 1776. Today, while close to New York City, its location in the Warwick Valley has prevented suburban development and many of its homes and farms date from the 1750's. Nearby, traversing the east face of Bellvale Mountain, is the Appalachian Trail. Bellvale Farms, a local dairy in the valley, provides the milk for the Bellvale Creamery, a world-renowned ice cream parlor on the ridge which serves passing hikers and motorists alike.

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