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Jackson, New York
Jackson is known for many things - its covered bridges, the L'Ensemble, its rolling hills with plentiful deer and wild turkeys, its clear lakes and related recreation and its scenic roads. But perhaps more than anything else, Jackson New York is known as a good place to live.
Jackson New York is unique in Washington County in that it has no villages within its borders. Unique also is a musical group that hails from Jackson named L'Ensemble. The group performs concerts of chamber music in cities and towns from New York City in winter to Upstate New York in summer.
The Shushan Covered Bridge, 160-feet long, was constructed in 1858 and served as a roadway until 1962 when it was bypassed in favor of a modern steel structure. Demolition was proposed but concerted and prolonged efforts by interested citizens (who later formed the Shushan Covered Bridge Association) prevailed and the Jackson end of the bridge was swung to a new abutment.
In due time and after major repairs, the structure became the Shushan Covered Bridge Museum - chartered by the New York State Regents as a non-profit, educational project. Present and former area residents enthusiastically loaned antique family tools, farm machinery and household utensils, and during the first summer of the museum's existence (1975), about 900 visitors from 26 states and six foreign countries walked through the exhibits and signed the register. The number of visitors grows annually.
Huge pieces of antique farm machinery, owned by the museum but too bulky for display, are brought out each August on Jackson's Harvest Day celebration. They are operated to gather crops raised on the site for demonstration. Harvest Day annually attracts not only an increasing number of summervisitors, it also attracts retired farmers who seem to renew their youth by taking a turn at operating the ancient machines.
In addition to its beautiful covered bridges, Jackson roasts five lakes, two campgrounds, two
Not many industries have survived through the years in Jackson. One Jackson enterprise still is thriving, however. The Cambridge Valley Livestock Market on Route 22.