Explore the wonders of Washington County, NY with hiking along the shores of Lake George, a trek into the Hebron Preserve, Batten kill State Forest, Mt. Tom or Carters Pond. Don’t forget to look up and around and see the abundance of birds and wildlife that call Washington County home. Slip your canoe, kayak or tube into the waters of Washington County whether it is the legendary Batten kill, Mettawee River or mighty Lake George; bike along the Feeder or Champlain Canal or a section of road made famous by the Tour of the Battenkill.
As you explore Washington County reflect about those that touched the same path many years ago. Think about the traveler in horse and wagon going across a covered bridge that span the Batten kill and Hoosick River. Washington County has four covered bridges and one foot bridge.
Washington County played an important role in shaping New York State. A few interesting History facts about Washington County: “one” of the birthplaces of the United States Navy, considered the “spiritual home” US Rangers, Solomon Northup story – made into an Oscar winning movie has roots here, as does Susan B. Anthony whose childhood home from when she was about 6years old, – Childhood home and Underground Railroad hero’s Henry Holmes and William H. and Angelina Mowry.
The rural landscape of Washington County is home to a wide variety of accomplished performing art centers and presenting organizations. You will find world class Chamber Music, Theater, Cabaret and Musical Theater and Dance with that will truly move you. The magical performances take place in unusual places - converted barns, Century old Opera Houses, an 1840 Church, a Prison, a dairy farm and a courthouse.
Washington County roots are literally in the soil, with the number one industry being agriculture. Farm fresh? Yep, we got it with Farmers' Markets, U-Picks, Road Side Stands and CSA's bursting with delicious wholesome goodness. The Battenkill Kitchen and Agricultural Stewardship Association offers classes and programs from bread baking to preserving. Celebrate agriculture with us in August at the Washington County Fair.
Strolling the villages in Washington County is like something out of a classic holiday movie. You and yours strolling and visiting a variety of unique shops that dot the Victorian main streets, greeted by friendly shopkeepers many specialize in locally made gifts. Take home something special for that someone special – you.