Wassaic, New York

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Wassaic, New York
Hamlet
Downtown Wassaic
Downtown Wassaic
Wassaic, New York is located in New York
Wassaic, New York
Wassaic, New York
Location of Wassaic in New York
Coordinates: 41°48′14″N 73°33′31″W / 41.8039825°N 73.5587368°W / 41.8039825; -73.5587368Coordinates: 41°48′14″N 73°33′31″W / 41.8039825°N 73.5587368°W / 41.8039825; -73.5587368
Country  United States
State  New York
County Dutchess
Elevation 139 m (456 ft)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12592
Area code(s) 845
GNIS feature ID 968879[1]

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[2] 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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