The town of Goshen has earned a reputation as one of the Hudson Valley’s most attractive and neighborly communities. With its tree lined streets and beautifully maintained historic homes, the town has gracefully spanned two centuries and has reflects a remarkable pride of place.
An early outpost in colonial America and a staging center for revolutionary militiamen, by the early 19th century, Goshen had become a thriving agricultural and government center. Incorporated as a village in 1809, the communities location at the center of Orange County earned its designation as a county seat. With the advent of the railroad, the town was launched into contemporary growth turning into prosperous bedroom community for New York City and other area business centers. Today, Goshen continues to successfully balance its role as a vital business center an a traditional hometown. The community boasts charming commercial districts with fine shops, galleries, and restaurants, and takes justifiable pride in its public and private schools, outstanding recreation areas and its magnificent natural surroundings.
Area elementary schools area highly regarded for their class size and the outstanding levels of instruction while high schools provide excellent academic offerings as well as a host of athletic and extra curricula activities. Fine private schools are also within the area.
The geographical location of Goshen as the entrance to the beautiful Hudson Valley provides its residents unparalleled recreational opportunities. From Golf to sailing and rafting. through rock climbing, the choices are many.
For walkers bicyclers and equestrians, the Orange Heritage Trail, which winds past bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and pristine meadows and streams, is a special treat. History buffs will delight in visiting such sites as Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, the Vanderbuilt mansion, Washington’s headquarters Monument or the United States military academy at West Point.
Culture and the arts also have an important place in the area life. The Storm King center with over 500 acres of lawns are a backdrop for the one of the worlds great collections of postwar sculpture. Here works by ‘Calder’, Henry Moore. Louise Nevelson and David Smith among them, are viewed against the dramatic natural landscape of the Hudson Highlands. Shoppers will also be thrilled wit the many choices in the area. Among them, distinctive local shops, the Dynamic Galleria at Crystal plaza in Middletown ad the Woodbury Commons retails outlet.
Internationally, Goshen is known as the “trotting capital o the world” where the standard-bred horse for harness racing was developed an popularized. The historic Track, a national landmark where the famed Hambletonian stakes originated, is a popular visitor’s spot as is the sophisticated Harness Racing Museum and Hall of fame.
Goshen’s strategic location as the hub of key area highways is a plus. The community is about 55 miles to New York City and is served by scheduled bus service to Manhattan. Stewart International Airport is about 17 miles away.