Just a short drive north of New York City sitting on the eastern bank of the Hudson River you’ll find Putnam County. There are endless things to do whether you’re looking for family fun, holding a conference, taking a group tour, having a company team-building experience or just want a short getaway. Putnam County, from its eastern borders teeming with lakes and farmland, charming villages and protected heritage sites, to its western shoreline on the Hudson River, is a jewel among the Empire State's counties.
Why Putnam? Because this is where a little over a century ago government leaders saw a pristine and natural watershed and chose to preserve its clean waters for generations to come; Because this is where so many national cultural institutions choose to come from theater groups such as the Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival to research centers and institutes both studying and protecting our heritage, as well as fostering a better understanding of the world around us; Because this is where great industrialists, artists, and leaders from around the country chose to build some of the Hudson Valley’s great castles and homes at the end of the 19th Century; Because this is where you’ll find the largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere when you visit the Chuang Yen Monastery, a national religious heritage research center located in Carmel; Why have so many people over the past 200 years chosen Putnam County to live and work and raise their families? Because it’s where the charming villages, B&B’s, beautiful country byways and friendly people all meet to make this a County where you’ll be happy to live, work, rest or simply visit for a fun-filled weekend. Putnam County… A Great Place to Go, A Great Place to Know!