Chester is a village in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 3,969 at the 2010 census. It was named after the City of Chester in England. Chester is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.
The Village of Chester is primarily located in the northern part of the Town of Chester.
The village was incorporated in 1892.
At the center of a dairy industry, the village claims to be the birthplace of "Philadelphia Cream Cheese." Other brands produced in Chester were Clover Brand, Cow Brand, D’isigny, Fromage De Brie, Neufchatel, Star Brand and World Brand.
Now the Village is considered Downtown Historic Chester where the Heritage trail starts at the old train station, connecting the towns of Monroe and Goshen. The Village hosts a variety of restaurants and stores, and most of the Buildings have been restored to their original building type.