Hudson Falls, New York

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Hudson Falls is a village located in Washington County, New York, USA. The village is in the southwest part of the town of Kingsbury, on US Route 4. Hudson Falls is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[2] As of the 2000 census, the village had a population of 6,927.[1] It was the county seat of Washington County until 1994,[citation needed] when the county seat was moved to Fort Edward.

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History

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 1840's. In 1910, the village's name was changed to Hudson Falls.[3]

Stone quarried in Hudson Falls was used to construct the Bennington Battle Monument and the Brooklyn Bridge; the site of the quarry is now occupied by the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The Glens Falls Feeder Canal runs though the village.

Notable people from Hudson Falls

  • William Bronk grew up in Hudson Falls; as an adult, he managed a lumber business there and wrote various literary works, winning the National Book Award in 1982.[4]
  • Townsend Harris, the United States' first consul-general to Japan, was born in Hudson Falls.
  • Northup,Mintus, father of Solomon Northup is buried in this village. Solomon Northup authored "Twelve Years A Slave" published in 1854, a first person account of his kidnapping in 1841 and subsequent rescue from a plantation in 1853.
  • Henry C. Martindale (1780-1860) - Attorney and Member of Congress

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