Place:Waterford, Saratoga, New York, United States

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NameWaterford
TypeVillage
Coordinates42.790189°N 73.678354°W
Located inSaratoga, New York, United States
Also located inWaterford (town), Saratoga, New York, United States    

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Waterford is a village in Saratoga County, New York, USA. The population was 2,204 at the 2000 census. The name derives from the ford between the mainland and Peebles Island.

The Village of Waterford is located in the southeast part of the Town of Waterford, north-northwest of Troy, New York. The Village is located just north of the falls where the eastbound Mohawk River flows into the southbound Hudson River.

History

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The site of the village was occupied as "Half Moon Point" in the 17th Century. It was then in the territory of Mahican natives. This early village was at the ford between Peebles Island and the mainland. The approximate location of this ford is in the area of the Second Avenue Bridge. Though the construction of the Erie Canal destroyed much of the ford for which the village is named, remnants of an unnamed and often submerged island can still be seen southwest of the entrance to the canal.

The village claims to be the oldest continuously incorporated village in the US. It was the first village incorporated by the state legislature in 1794, while part of the Town of Halfmoon, and was an established political entity before the formation of the Town of Waterford. Waterford Village is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.

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