Introduction to Orange County Neighborhoods
Named in honor of William III of Orange, Orange County has been called home by a number of famous Americans, from George Washington to Whoopi Goldberg. The county is a transportation hub, served by Stewart International Airport two miles west of Newburgh, New Jersey Transit, Short Line Bus and Metro-North Railroad’s Port Jervis Line. Drivers have easy access to Interstate 84 and the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87). Newburgh features abundant history and architecture, including buildings designed by Calvert Vaux, Andrew Jackson Downing and Frederick Law Olmstead. Goshen, the county’s center of government, has a vibrant downtown full of shops, restaurants and many 18th and 19th century buildings, including the Town Hall, which was once a school where Noah Webster taught. Highland Falls, called the “Historic Gateway to West Point,” not only leads to the U.S. Military Academy but also to the beautiful Hudson Highlands and nearby Bear Mountain. This state park offers countless outdoor pleasures, from hiking and skiing on land to boating and fishing on Hessian Lake to leaf-peeping in the fall. The village’s Main Street is a picturesque, turn-of-the-century promenade boasting lovely shops and restaurants. The village of Warwick, the largest municipality in the County, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features more than 200 buildings, including the village’s two oldest structures: the 1764 Shingle House and Baird’s Tavern, built in 1766, where Martha Washington once stayed. Other Orange County attractions include Brotherhood Winery, America’s oldest winery, in Washingtonville and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen. And for shopaholics, you can’t beat the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.