A small village in the Town of Claverack, Philmont is the kind of place one might pass through on the way from Hudson to Great Barrington without really noticing. What a missed opportunity! Once a hub of activity that surrounded the 17 mills that operated in Philmont’s heyday, today the bends in the road, small shops, eateries and the historic houses on either side of the road might appear subdued. Living in Philmont, however, is not what one would imagine from the first impression. Philmont has serious spirit!
That spirit is on display in the work of Philmont Beautification, Inc., which was formed by Philmont residents as a not-for-profit charitable organization “welcoming hands-on collaboration in the spirit of a rural barn raising.” Since 2007 their efforts have led to over 40 revitalization projects in the village: storefront and park restorations, re-adaptation of commercial land, affordable housing renovations, the opening of four new restaurants and the establishment of a community resource center.
Philmont Beautification reinvented the site of a former gas station in 2018 to house the Philmont Cooperative, their anchor business, serving local farmers and consumers by creating a community-based food system comprising a market, cafe and commercial kitchen. In PBI’s words, the coop “provides equitable access to affordable, nutritious foods; strengthens our local economy; and fosters sustainable living.” From 70% to 82% of each dollar spent at the coop goes back to the person who grew or made the food; how cool is that? We say it’s not just cool, it’s community.
Philmont has a wonderful website where you can find all the practical ins-and-outs of living in the Village. It has a helpful business directory which lists farms, landscapers, entertainers, artists and craftspeople, lodgings, several photographers, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, a masseuse, not-for-profits and lots more, exhibiting what a vibrant community exists in this special place that time could have passed by. Some of the handy listings include a renowned farm-to-table restaurant, Local 111; a friendly pub, McNan’s Variety Foods, a pizzeria & tap house, library, dentist, nursing/rehab center and the Vanderbilt Lakeside, a hotel and bar since it was built in 1860.
Grasp some understanding of the region’s past at Hudson Milliner Guesthouse. Eclectic design & comfort exist harmoniously at the Maker… not to mention the gorgeous bar & full gym.
High Falls Conservation Area is home to a beautiful waterfall. “The Reservoir”—which is a lake—is open to non-motorized boats & fishing. Birdwatch at Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center.
Rock out to summer porch jams at Main St. Public House! Free Columbia offers programs in social theory, studio & performing arts & nature studies. Check out Circle Museum sculpture.
Common Hands Farm & Ironwood Farm both grow organic vegetables & herbs! Maple Leaf Sugaring produces organic maple products. Little Ghent Farms connects people with their food source.
Eggplant Parm Sub at High Falls Pizzeria & Taphouse! Potato Croquettes at Local 111! Latte & Croissants at Bartlett House! Broiled Scallops at Kozel’s! Ravioli della casa at Ca’Mea!
Escape the rush of urban life at Salon Apothecary. Try the biomagnetic pair therapy with Reiki at River Pilates. Craft an individualized yogic/spiritual sadhana at Supersoul Yoga!
Philmont Cooperative features products from local farmers & food producers, as well as prepared foods to go; your dollars stay local! There’s more food to go at McNan’s Variety Foods.
Old Austerlitz is a museum of historic homes & buildings from the 18th & 19th centuries in the beautiful Green River Valley. Art Omi is a contemporary 500-acre sculpture park & museum.
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One of the places in Philmont where locals exercise their creativity is Free Columbia, where they nurture “art, aesthetic education, contemplative inquiry and action research in a spirit of independence and accessibility.” At Flowering Heart Family Farm they raise sheep, goats, chickens, bees, herbs and vegetables and plant-dye fiber with which to create felt toys; they give workshops on fiber art, felting, herbal remedies and flower essences. Another organization in Philmont working to make the best of the world around them is the High Falls Foundation, “devoted to education, research and conservation of medicinal plants.”
There’s a Senior Community Center right on Main Street, offering Meals on Wheels, and the Claverack Seniors Club, providing, among other things, transportation to non-emergency healthcare appointments.
Enjoying the pristine landscape around Philmont could include visiting the 47-acre High Falls Conservation Area, home to Columbia County’s highest waterfall and eight miles of hiking trails. Right in town residents take a dip at Summit Lake which they call “the reservoir,” though it never was one. Another popular spot is Oakdale Beach in Hudson, quite nearby. There are several parks in town, including Claverack Town Park, Memorial Field and Philmont Park. The Taconic Hills Aquatic Center offers pool swimming just eight miles away.
Albany is only 40 miles from Philmont, so all the hospitals, airports and other big-city amenities are easily accessible. There’s also a hospital right in Hudson.
Philmont is set in a sylvan landscape of rolling hills and woods, so if you want serenity, you’ll find it here. It’s dark enough at night to see the stars and quiet in general; that’s what living in the country is all about! There’s everything and anything available if you consider buying Philmont real estate: at the time of this posting a search included a converted church with stained glass and spire, an 1885 Victorian, a former Masonic temple, a 22-acre wooded parcel bordering town conservancy land, not to mention charming farmhouses, mainstream colonial-style homes and one-of-a-kind architectural gems. If you want the convenience of in-town living, there are many homes available on Philmont’s network of quaint village streets; or buy a parcel just outside of town. Want gently rolling hills, a backyard stream, farmland to grow your own produce or pasture your cows? Like to start a small local business? A Philmont home for sale could be the solution for you, and a agent can help you find the perfect one for good value!
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