If it hadn’t been for Art Omi, Ghent NY might have remained a quiet town, with its historic homes and agricultural lineage proudly maintaining a polite and unspoiled façade. But, since 1992, the arts residency center with its 120-acre sculpture park has drawn visitors and participants from around the globe, and Ghent’s had quite an awakening. Living in Ghent NY offers the best of two worlds: idyllic natural surroundings and a vibrant, energetic, aware community.
The official town website has links to the practical details you need for living in Ghent and contacts for answers to all your questions. A bit of community history: an enormous hay-pressing facility was the center of activity for nearly 100 years, until it burned down in the 1890s. But that didn’t stop the roll of progress; farmers still sent goods far and wide by the Hudson-Berkshire and Harlem railroads, which ran through Ghent NY until the 1960s. Today there are still many farms, and you can hop on the train at Hudson NY.
For more groceries, aside from Hannaford and the Real Food Market Coop in Chatham (where they prepare delicious food to go with a menu that changes daily), there’s Made In Ghent at Little Ghent Farm, a small family farm “on a voyage of discovery,” and another fantastic cooperative market and kitchen in Philmont (seven miles away), serving three meals per day, seven days per week.
Savor the fruity goodness at Hudson Chatham Winery wine-tastings! Beebe Hill’s a great spot for hiking, biking, rolling along! Visit the site of Art Omi’s world-renowned residencies!
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Several independent educational facilities make their homes in Ghent: The Nature Institute works to “develop new… approaches to seeing and understanding nature and technology,” with adult education courses and young adult programming. Then there’s Free Columbia in Philmont NY, where “the heart of the initiative is the cultivation of art, aesthetic education, contemplative inquiry and action research in a spirit of independence and accessibility.” The Art School of Columbia County, also in Ghent NY, offers free and affordable fine art programs to about 1,800 community residents each year.
Restaurants in Ghent NY range from Dairy Queen to the popular Bartlett House, featuring exquisite baked goods and locally sourced foods in a gorgeously restored circa-1870 Italianate railroad hotel (on the National Register of Historic Places). The White Stone Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week; and Kozel’s, according to one reviewer “the real Columbia County,” has been serving down-to-earth American food since 1936. Of course, there are dozens more eateries just down the road in Chatham and Hudson.
For older adults there are two monthly group meetings, the Ghent/Chatham Area Senior Citizens Club and the Tri-Village Senior Citizens, along with Meals On Wheels and Camphill Ghent, the only independent-living senior community in Columbia County NY. For a list of other organizations and get-togethers, check the Columbia Paper’s Events page; a random selection includes a bee-keepers’ club, contemporary art discussion group, bridge and mah jongg, queer women, knitting and crochet, yoga and breastfeeding, tai chi and photography. Lots to do!
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Ghent NY homes for sale include romantic wide-pastured farms and orchards and chic glass houses with views of the Catskills and the Hudson River, neat clapboard-sided colonials, state-of-the-art contemporaries, private enclaves and dignified Greek Revival structures. Choose a site right on the main drag for convenience or venture up that long drive into the woods to discover an architectural gem. Buy land in Ghent, put up a tent and listen to the woods. Whether you build from your own designs or reimagine an existing structure, realize your dreams with Ghent NY real estate.
For medical facilities, Ghent Family Care and Chatham Family Care are right in Chatham, and the Columbia Memorial Hospital is down the road in Hudson. Of course, other major facilities are within a short drive to Albany and Pittsfield, not to mention the Taconic State Parkway takes you directly from Ghent NY to New York City (less than 140 miles).
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