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Kingsbury, NY

Hudson Falls, located on Route 4, 50 miles north of Albany, lies in the southwest corner of the town of Kingsbury. The patent for Kingsbury was granted to James Bradshaw and 22 associates on May 11, 1762, and the village of Hudson Falls was first chartered some 50 years later as Sandy Hill - a name that remained intact for 100 years until it was changed to Hudson Falls in 1910.

Present population of the village is about 8,000, and the population of Kingsbury is an additional 4,000 - making the town the most populous community in Washington County.

Hudson Falls is a thriving community of its own, with a mayor, four trustees and a village justice serving as elected officials. The village also is served by its own police and fire department, and has a municipally-owned water supply and sewage disposal plant. A section of the village was recently listed an the National Register of Historical Places.

The five combination locks on the Feeder canal - Listed on the National Register of Historical Places

Several large fabricating, sales and service firms are located in Kingsbury at the Washington-Warren County Industrial Park, making the town one of the county's industrial centers. In addition to the Industrial Park, Kingsbury is the site of an extensive quarrying and black-top plant and a small foundry business.

In the village of Hudson Falls, industrial production includes the manufacturing of paper mill machinery, industrial capacitors, paper bags, a retail lumber and home building company and accompany specializing in roofing and sheet metal fabrication. There are also a good many small contractors and building specialists operating in the area.

The Hudson Falls Central School District provides quality educational services for students from seven townships that cover an area of 51 square miles. In the district are four elementary schools and a junior and senior high school. The village library (part of the Lower Adirondack Library System) also is associated with the school district, receiving joint support from the school district, village and town. Present student enrollment in the district is about 4,000, and the teaching and administrative staff is around 200.

In addition to the central school system, educational facilities in the town are provided by the Board of Cooperative Education Services. The Board serves the needs of Washington, Warren, Hamilton and Essex Counties with its main buildings being located in Kingsbury near Hudson Falls. Classes are provided for children with disabling conditions, and occupational training is provided for older students of various ages. Additionally, Adirondack Community College in nearby Queensbury serves a large number of students from the Hudson Falls/ -Kingsbury

area. The College is jointly sponsored by Washington and Warren Counties, providing two-year programs in the arts, applied sciences and other areas.

Both the village and town serve the religious needs of their residents with nine churches in Hudson Falls and five others in Kingsbury. The communities also have over 10 fraternal, social and public service-organizations that serve the residents in many ways.

Besides the many sports and other activities that the area's wilderness and waterways offer, there is plenty to do in Hudson Falls and Kingsbury. Together, they jointly support a community swimming pool and summer and winter sports programs through the Hudson Falls-Kingsbury Recreation Commission.

As the village and town move ahead, they remain essentially rural in nature but have experienced considerable suburban growth in recent years. This growth is expected to continue, but the special features that make the area such a pleasing place to live are sure to remain.

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