Introduction to Potsdam, New York

Potsdam, New York, in St Lawrence county, is 109 miles N of Utica, New York (center to center) and 230 miles NE of Buffalo, New York.

Potsdam History

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.

Potsdam Transportation

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.

Potsdam Almanac

County St. Lawrence County, St Lawrence County
Standard Zip Codes13676
Company Zip Codes13699
Phone Area Codes315
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude44.66
Approximate Longitude-74.98

Potsdam Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCANTON 4 SE
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp4 to 26 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp58 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 57 F
Annual Precip37.5 inches
Distance11.8 miles
Jan Temp6 to 26 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp59 to 80 F
Oct Temp38 to 58 F
Annual Precip36.9 inches
Distance23.4 miles
Jan Temp6 to 24 F
Apr Temp34 to 52 F
Jul Temp60 to 80 F
Oct Temp39 to 56 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Rensselaer Falls374$53,750

Potsdam Public Libraries

Potsdam Public Library
Potsdam, New York
(315) 265-7230

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Potsdam Hospitals

Canton-potsdam Hospital
50 Leroy St
(315) 261-5935

Potsdam Public Schools

A A Kingston Middle School
29 Leroy St
ZIP: 13676
(315) 265-2000
Total Enrollment 388
Lawrence Avenue Elementary School
29 Leroy St
ZIP: 13676
(315) 265-2000
Total Enrollment 558
Potsdam Senior High School
29 Leroy St
ZIP: 13676
(315) 265-2000
Total Enrollment 348
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