Philmont at a Glance

The Village of Philmont, incorporated in 1892 and once known as “Factory Hill” because of the number of wool factories, is home to approximately 1,000 residents occupying one and a quarter square miles in the heart of Columbia County. We’re proud of our industrial history and engaged community.

Columbia County covers 643 square miles, about 20 miles from the east bank of the Hudson River to the Massachusetts border. Philmont is located within the Town of Claverack, and the surrounding areas have a strong agricultural base and beautiful mountainous landscapes.

The area was first settled by the Dutch in the mid-17th century.

Philmont derives its name from George P. Philip, who built a 36-acre reservoir to provide water for his mill. This, in turn, led to construction of a 56-acre reservoir in the Taconic Mountains to guarantee water to the mills, thus creating the Factory Hill.

Like so many other mill towns in the Northeast, Philmont has gone through a long period of recovery as mills and textile operations moved out of the area. Yet the architectural heritage of Philmont’s industrial past presides.

Today, Philmont is a growing village. With its proximity to Hudson, New York City, the Berkshires, and the Adirondacks, the area is fast becoming a popular destination. Philmont is also an attractive place for new residents and businesses because of its village charm, centralized location, and economic revitalization.


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The Village of Philmont is two and a half hours north of New York City, three hours west of Boston, and approximately an half-hour drive from Albany and Poughkeepsie. Find Philmont on Google Maps.

As of the census of 2020, there were 1,165 people living in the village.

Philmont celebrates four diverse seasons and provides wonderful opportunities nearby for skiing, hiking, bicycling, and other outdoor activities.

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Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution | 2023

Water Tower Work
Be prepared for possible water interruptions and low pressure as the water department continues to work on the water tower.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this process

Mandatory Water Ban in Effect until Water Tower Work is Complete
Permitted: Normal use: showering, teeth brushing and general hygiene-related uses, laundry/dish washing, and toilet flushing.
ABSOLUTELY NO non-essential water use, such as Vehicle/House Washing, Lawn/Flower Watering and Pool Filling.

Your 5 gallon containers can be filled at the DPW garage 6am-2:30pm for plant watering—on Maple Avenue, past Maple Terrace, on the left.
Questions? Watch the public meeting with the DPW

Register Your Rental Property or Vacant Building with the Philmont Buildings Department.

To Speak at Village Board Meetings: Remember to sign up before noon the Friday before by emailing [email protected], calling (518) 672-7032, or stopping by the Village office.

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