True Country Living

Named for the general who defended the Hudson Highlands during the Revolutionary War, Putnam Country provides a refuge and true country living with easy access to New York City. You can choose from a rural homestead or a genteel home in a charming village. You can get away from it all, yet still be close to everything that makes life here so desirable. We have some of the state’s highest-achieving public schools, with about 90 percent of all students going on to college.


While views of the Hudson can be had in Putnam County from the highlands, you’ll also find neighborhoods and homes built around beautiful lakes, tranquil ponds and trout streams throughout the county.

Kent, in the northeast corner of the county, is a tranquil community that’s quiet because of its water — many acres have been bought by New York City and the state to protect the watershed and reservoirs that provide the city with drinking water.

Putnam Valley is a rustic lakeside town in the Hudson Highlands that holds a big part of the Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. The park has an extensive network of scenic hiking and riding trails and is also home to Neise’s Maple Farm and its market — which has been tapping sweet syrup and making honey for sale since 1892.

In Patterson, you’ll find high-end restaurants, markets and the Thunder Ridge Ski Resort. It’s also home to the Great Swamp, 6,000 acres of freshwater wetlands. The village of Cold Spring has a postcard-worthy Main Street lined with brownstones and Victorians.


Though it feels far removed from the crowds of Manhattan, the Metro-North commuter rail to Grand Central Terminal makes several stops at stations throughout Putnam County. The Taconic State Parkway and Interstate 84 also pass through. Putnam County is a popular weekend getaway and has a stable base of full-time residents.

Photos courtesy of Westchester County Tourism, Rockland County Tourism, Historic Hudson Valley and Hudson Valley Tourism.