Wassaic, New York

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Wassaic, New York
Downtown Wassaic
Downtown Wassaic
Wassaic is located in New York
Location in New York state
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
Town Amenia
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 Ten Mile River.

The name of the hamlet comes from the Native American name Washaic, or "land of difficult access".

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, 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 northernmost 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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