Place:Hudson Falls, Washington, New York, United States

NameHudson Falls
Alt namesSandy Hillsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS36012803. Name in use 1810-1910.
Kingsburysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS36012803. Name in use 1764-1810.
Coordinates43.302°N 73.581°W
Located inWashington, New York, United States     (1784 - present)
Also located inCharlotte, New York, United States     (1772 - 1784)
Albany, New York, United States     (1683 - 1772)
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Hudson Falls is a village located in Washington County, New York, USA. The village is in the southwest of the town of Kingsbury, on US Route 4. Hudson Falls is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the village had a population of 6,927.[1] It was the county seat of Washington County until 1994, when the county seat was moved to Fort Edward.



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In 1764, Albert Baker built Kingsbury's first sawmill near what is known today as Baker's Falls. As early as 1792, the area of Kingsbury near Baker's Falls was referred to as Sandy Hill. In 1810, the hamlet incorporated as a village, keeping the name Sandy Hill. Its boundaries expanded to their current limits in the 1840s. In 1910, the village's name was changed to Hudson Falls.

Stone quarried in Hudson Falls was used to construct the Bennington Battle Monument and the Brooklyn Bridge; the site of the quarry is now occupied by the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The Glens Falls Feeder Canal runs though the village.

The Glens Falls Feeder Canal, Hudson Falls Historic District, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Notable people from Hudson Falls

  • William Bronk grew up in Hudson Falls; as an adult, he managed a lumber business there and wrote various literary works, winning the National Book Award in 1982.
  • Townsend Harris, the United States' first consul-general to Japan, was born in Hudson Falls.
  • Mintus Northup, father of Solomon Northup is buried in this village. Solomon Northup authored "Twelve Years A Slave" published in 1854, a first person account of his kidnapping in 1841 and subsequent rescue from a plantation in 1853.
  • Henry C. Martindale (1780–1860) - Attorney and Member of Congress
  • Hayden J. Ball (1923-1965) - Inventor credited with the invention of the nylon waistband*

Current events related to the past

In the first week of September around Friday-Saturday, every year there is a carnival (celebration) in remembrance in a celebration of the past with the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the Village. The carnival is referred to as "Sandy Hill Days" and is hosted at the Hudson Falls Kindergarten Center near the KoC (Knights Of Columbus) where there is also a flea market.

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