Introduction to Walden, New York
Walden is the largest hamlet in the Town of Montgomery in Orange County. Alexander Kidd bought the area around Walden in 1736. It attracted early settlers of Scots-Irish, German, and English descent. At that time, it was known as Kidd's town, after Alexander Kidd. In the early 18th century, it was a mill town that benefited from its location along the Wallkill River. The hamlet was later named in honor of a successful miller, Jacob Walden. It was officially incorporated in 1855.
Walden and Nearby Attractions
- Jacob T Walden House
- Bergen County Zoological Park
- Hyde Park Historical Society Museum
- Campgaw Mountain
- Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
- Bear Mountain State Park
Things To Do In Walden
Several museums are located near Walden including the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the Museum of the Hudson Highlands, the Storm King Art Center, and the West Point Museum. Places of historic significance nearby include Mills Mansion State Historic Site, Washington Headquarters Monument, and New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. Parks offering recreational opportunities nearby are Storm King State Park, Hudson Highlands State Park, and Fahnestock State Park. Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park has provisions for boating, camping, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. The park also has a golf course.
Air transportation is available at Stewart International Airport.
Walden Higher Education
Orange County Community College, Dutchess Community College, and Marist College are located near Walden.