Dresden, Washington County, New York

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Dresden is a town in northern Washington County, New York, U.S. in the United States. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3] The town population was 677 at the 2000 census.[1]



During the late colonial period, the town was on the Great War Path connecting French and British colonies, but few battles were fought in the town.

The town of Dresden was formed from the town of Fort Ann in 1806.

The town was first settled in 1784. The early industries included lumbering and maple syrup preparation.

The completion of the Champlain Canal in 1823 aided the economic development of the area.


The west town line is defined by Lake George with Warren County, New York beginning at the eastern shoreline. The east town line is defined by Lake Champlain, with Vermont and the town of Whitehall on the opposite shore. Fort Ann shares the southern border near the south basin of Lake Champlain named South Bay. The northern border is shared by the town of Putnam.[2] The town is wholly inside the Adirondack Park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 55.0 square miles (142.5 km²), of which, 53.4 square miles (138.2 km²) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²) of it (2.98%) is water.

The Champlain Canal and NY Route 22 are on the eastern side of the town.


As of the census of 2000, there were 677 people, 274 households, and 203 families residing in the town. The population density was 12.7 people per square mile (4.9/km²). There were 630 housing units at an average density of 11.8/sq mi (4.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.26% White, 0.15% African American, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.30% of the population.[1]

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