Place:Wassaic, Dutchess, New York, United States


TypeInhabited place
Coordinates41.8°N 73.55°W
Located inDutchess, New York, United States
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Wassaic is a hamlet in the town of Amenia, Dutchess County, New York in the United States.

Wassaic is located in southeast New York, surrounded by the East and West Mountains and along the Tenmile River.

The name of the hamlet means Washaic, or "land of difficult access," by the Indigenous Americans.

Wassaic is home to The Wassaic Project, a non-profit arts and music organization and the Wassaic Artist Residency. They provide summer programming as well as run an artist in residence program.

Wassaic's main employers in the 19th century were Gridley Iron Works and the Harlem division of the New York Central Railroad. In 1861 Gail Borden opened a factory for producing a milk that would not need refrigeration. Long sold by Borden's, it today marketed as Eagle Brand Condensed Milk. Wassaic was also known for dairy sheep and grain farming.

In the Revolutionary War, General George Washington marched through Wassaic on the way to Connecticut.

Wassaic is the terminal and final station of Metro-North Railroad's Harlem Line. The station, once located in the hamlet, has been moved to state highways 22 and 343 a mile north of it.

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