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Cambridge Village

Cambridge Village Offices are located at 56 North Park Street, Cambridge NY 12816; phone: 518-677=2622.

Overview [1]

The village of Cambridge, which has a population of approximately 1,800 persons, is located in the center of lower Washington County, partly in the town of Cambridge and partly in the town of White Creek. Washington County is largely rural and devoted to farming, with much of the county in agricultural districts. A state road, Route 22, bisects the village as North and South Park Streets. This is a route of some importance since it traverses the entire state roughly parallel to the bordering New England states. Another state road, Route 372, follows East and West Main Streets, and connects Cambridge to the neighboring communities of Greenwich and Saratoga Springs. State Route 313 (Gilbert Avenue) leads to Arlington, Vermont.

Like many early communities, Cambridge is located on the flats of a creek, the Owl Kill, which flows north and south through the center of the village. Although the creek is small, the area of arable flats is unusually large for this hilly county — a factor which undoubtedly contributed to settlement in the vicinity.

Because the present village resulted from an amalgamation of three separate crossroads hamlets, the street pattern consists of roads at odd angles. In general, the village is most intensely built up along the axis of Main Street, where a grouping of late 19th-century stores forms the commercial center. The remainder of the village consists of residences, many of them single-family homes on generous plots with large shade trees.

  1. Manley, Doris, N. Y. State Division for Historic Resources, Cambridge Historic District, Washington County, New York, nomination document, 1978, National Park Service, National register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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