Introduction to Potsdam, New York
The area was originally home to the St. Regis Indians, and the first European settlers arrived in in 1803. The Town of Potsdam was created in 1806, and the Village of Potsdam, which is a part of the town, was incorporated in 1831. According to records, the community was named "Potsdam" after the city in Germany. Quarries in the area supplied the sandstone that was used in the construction of parliament buildings in Canada. In 1841, the charter of the village was amended to allow it to increase in size.
Potsdam and Nearby Attractions
- Potsdam Public Museum
- John Brown Farm State Historic Site
- Silas Wright Museum
- Adirondack Park
- New York State Zoo at Thompson Park
Things To Do In Potsdam
Potsdam Public Museum showcases artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the natural and cultural heritage of the region. Silas Wright Museum, Boldt Castle, John Brown Farm State Historic Site, and Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage are close by. The Coles Creek State Park, and Higley Flow State Park feature beaches, nature trails, and picnic areas. Visitors can also enjoy boating, fishing, and camping here. The village includes numerous parks that are situated along the Raquette River. These parks offer facilities for swimming, canoeing, fishing, and kayaking. North Country Neighbors is a popular flea market. In addition, the community organizes the Summer Festival in July every year.
Burlington International Airport is the closest major airport.
Potsdam Higher Education
The village is home to the SUNY Potsdam, and Clarkson University. Saint Lawrence University, and SUNY Canton are close by.