Hudson Falls, New York

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Hudson Falls
Buildings in Hudson Falls, July, 2014
Buildings in Hudson Falls, July, 2014
Location in Washington County and the state of New York.
Location in Washington County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 43°18′8″N 73°34′50″W / 43.30222°N 73.58056°W / 43.30222; -73.58056Coordinates: 43°18′8″N 73°34′50″W / 43.30222°N 73.58056°W / 43.30222; -73.58056
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
Incorporated1810 as Sandy Hill, 1910 as Hudson Falls
 • MayorJohn Barton
 • Total1.92 sq mi (4.98 km2)
 • Land1.86 sq mi (4.82 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
295 ft (90 m)
 • Total7,281
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,787.44/sq mi (1,462.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)518
FIPS code36-35980
GNIS feature ID0974163
WebsiteVillage website

Hudson Falls (formerly Sandy Hill) is a village located in Washington County, New York, United States. The village is in the southwest of the town of Kingsbury, on U.S. Route 4. Hudson Falls is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[4] As of the 2010 census, the village had a population of 7,281.[2] It was the county seat of Washington County until 1994, when the county seat was moved to Fort Edward.[5][6]


Lithograph of Sandy Hill from 1884 by L.R. Burleigh with list of landmarks

In 1764, Albert Baker built Kingsbury's first sawmill near what is known today as Baker's Falls. As early as 1792, the area of Kingsbury near Baker's Falls was referred to as Sandy Hill. In 1810, the hamlet incorporated as a village, keeping the name Sandy Hill. Its boundaries expanded to their current limits in the 1840s.

In 1910, the village's name was changed to Hudson Falls.[7]

Stone quarried in Hudson Falls was used to construct the Bennington Battle Monument (1889) and the Brooklyn Bridge. The former site of the quarry has been redeveloped for use by the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The Glens Falls Feeder Canal runs through the village.

The Glens Falls Feeder Canal, Hudson Falls Historic District, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[8]

Notable people from Hudson Falls[edit]

Historic celebrations[edit]

In the first week of September around Friday-Saturday, there is an annual carnival to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the Village. The "Sandy Hill Days" event is hosted at the Hudson Falls Kindergarten Center near the Knights Of Columbus (KofC), where there is also a flea market. it is also held in Juckett Park, the green in the center of the Village where route 4 meets with River Street.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water. The total area is 2.13% water.

The village is on the east bank of the Hudson River at the western border of Washington County. A village green lies in the center of the commercial district.

NY Route 196 (Maple Street) and NY Route 254 (River Street) intersect US Route 4 in Hudson Falls.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)7,056[3]−3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,927 people, 2,876 households, and 1,760 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,763.5 people per square mile (1,453.5/km2). There were 3,120 housing units at an average density of 1,695.1 per square mile (654.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.91% White, 0.45% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.[2]

There were 2,876 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.[2]

In the village, the population was spread out, with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.[2]

The median income for a household in the village was $31,516, and the median income for a family was $37,628. Males had a median income of $31,107 versus $21,215 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,575. 17.2% of the population and 12.8% of families were below the poverty line. 30.3% of those under the age of 18 and 6.3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.[2]

Rail transportation[edit]

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Hudson Falls at the station in nearby Fort Edward, operating its Adirondack daily in both directions between Montreal and New York City, and its Ethan Allen Express in both directions daily between New York City and Rutland. Amtrak has designated the stop as Fort Edward-Glens Falls.

Freight rail service is provided along a spur line extending from Fort Edward to Glens Falls that runs through the village.


Literary references[edit]

The fictional town of Millers Kill, NY, in Julia Spencer-Fleming's mystery novels is loosely based on Hudson Falls.[12]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Metropolitan Areas and Components, 1999, with FIPS Codes". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Town of Kingsbury, New York, Retrieved Jan. 14, 2015.
  6. ^ Washington County, New York, Retrieved Jan. 14, 2015.
  7. ^ Loding, RH, Paul R. "KINGSBURY, NEW YORK 11 MAY 1762" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  10. ^ Marsh, Dwight Whitney (1895). Marsh Genealogy: Giving Several Thousand Descendants of John Marsh of Hartford, Ct. 1636-1895. Amherst, MA: Carpenter & Morehouse. p. 71.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ Archived January 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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