The Village of Cambridge was incorporated in 1866, combining the hamlets of Cambridge and North White Creek. About one-third of the Village is in the Town of Cambridge, and two-thirds in the town of White Creek.
The Village was a quiet rural community until 1855, when the Albany & Rutland Railroad connected it to Rutland VT, to the north and New York’s Capital District to the South. The Jerome B. Rice Seed Co. developed by Civil War veteran Jerome B. Rice, Sr. was a major employer and at one time was the second-largest seed company in the nation.
The Cambridge Fair held from the late 19th century until World War II, drew thousands annually on special excursion trains. The Washington County Fair in nearby Easton, one of the largest agricultural fairs in the northeast is its descendant.
Today look for the Tour of the Battenkill – Cycling race in April, The Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival – the first weekend in June and many other events for you and your family.
The village today is still home to a variety of business housed in beautiful intact turn of the century buildings. A stroll in the Village is a step back in time.
The town of Cambridge, formerly in Albany County, New York, was transferred to Washington County in 1791.
• Fly Creek – A small stream at the west town line.
• Fly Swamp – A swamp north of Fly Summit.
• Hoosic River – A river marking the south town line.
• The Cobble – An elevation near North Cambridge.
• Wampecack Creek – A tributary of the Hoosic River, which flows past West Cambridge and South Cambridge.
Agriculture continues to thrive in the area, including many dairy farms, organic meat and vegetable producers plus fiber and fruit growers.