Cold Spring Village
The Cold Spring Village Hall is located at 85 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516; phone: 845-265-3611.
The Putnam County village of Cold Spring is located on the Hudson River in a low, marsh area at the mouth of Foundry Creek. It is dramatically situated in the midst of the Hudson Highlands with vistas dominated by the mountainous landscape, notably Storm King Mountain directly across the river to the northwest and Breakneck Mountain to the north. The village is oriented to an east-west road that rises inland affording many of its residences a favorable view of the river, the highlands and the community.
Cold Spring is significant in the history of the Hudson Highlands. It is somewhat unique in that it developed as an industrial center rather than as a commercial river town in the early nineteenth century. The West Point Foundry, once located in the southern part of the village, was the determining force in community life for nearly a century. As a surviving industrial village, Cold Spring's commercial, ecclesiastical and residential reflect the economic and social dynamics of the era. The distinctive store structures on the broad Main Street, the noticeable contrast of house types and neighborhoods and the variety of religious institutions, dominated by the Foundry owner's donated Episcopal church, are the legacy of the prosperous and paternalistic society in nineteenth century Cold Spring. They are significant today for their architectural and historical associations to an important event in the history of the Hudson Highlands.