Located just an hour outside of New York City in the Hudson Valley, Putnam County offers a touch of country life and stunning natural vistas to the growing population of locals that call it home. Though compact in size compared to neighboring Westchester and Dutchess, Putnam is one of the most affluent counties in America.
The county is comprised of a network of towns and villages. Historically, Putnam County has been a vacation destination for New York City residents looking to escape the hectic city life. As the population continues to grow, former resort communities like Mahopac have become sought-after locations for growing families to plant roots. Carmel is a popular place for firefighters and police officers to raise their families away from the city.
Though proud of its country flair, the county is never lacking for entertainment. Browse for antiques along Cold Spring’s quaint side streets. Hike the beautiful trails and reservoirs that run along the quiet town of Putnam Valley. Enjoy winter skiing and summer horseback riding in the active town of Patterson.
The county’s landmark offerings are also worth exploring. The Chuang Yen Monastery, the only American library specializing in Buddhist history, is home to the largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere. The Great Swamp, a field trip staple for local schoolchildren, is one of New York’s largest wetlands. Dotting the Putnam County landscape are hundreds of stone chambers, a nod to its ancient ancestors’ rich history.
A slice of quaint country life commuting distance from Manhattan, Putnam County residents get the best of both worlds.