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Chateaugay

Historic Downtown District

Chateaugay

Historic Downtown District

Tucked away in Northern Franklin County, Chateaugay is a hidden gem of outdoor adventure and entertainment. History buffs will love learning about the rich historical significance of this community, settled in 1796 and having played a significant role in the War of 1812. Today, the Chateaugay Lakes, High Falls Campground and Recreation Park provide acres of lush green space for outdoor adventure. The Upper Lake is perfect for sailing, fishing, birding and capturing views of the Adirondack Mountains. The Lower Lake is an ideal spot for thrill-seekers, with opportunities for waterskiing, wake boarding, and tubing. When the weather gets cold, enjoy cross-country skiing, ice fishing and local snowmobile trails. Throughout the year, the bowling alley and Town Hall Theater offer affordable entertainment, and Talk of the Town Pizzeria is a must-visit for foodies.

  • Education
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Arts & Culture
Education

Public Education

Chateaugay Central School educates students from grades pre-K to 12, serving the local towns of Chateaugay and the surrounding area. This public school offers top-tier education and has an excellent student-teacher ratio of 12:1, so you can be sure that your child receives the best possible classroom experience.

Outdoor Adventure

An Outdoor Oasis

Upper and Lower Chateaugay Lake are connected by a narrow passage, the Chateaugay Narrows, which are navigable by boat. The Upper Lake is perfect for relaxed outdoor activities like sailing, fishing, birding and wildlife photography. The Lower Lake is an ideal spot for thrill-seekers, with opportunities for waterskiing, wake boarding, and tubing. Paddling the shorelines of these two lakes will reveal scenic views of local wildlife and rolling foothills. Not to mention the impressive 120-foot waterfall, which is accessible from a short hike at the High Falls Campground. Located on the scenic Chateaugay River, the High Falls Campground features great fishing, miniature golf and more. The falls are a perfect spot for a summer picnic or a quick dip in the nearby swimming hole.

Arts & Culture

A Rich Historical Background

Chateaugay was one of the early villages in America, first settled in 1796 and declared a township by 1799. Troops were quartered here during the War of 1812, and a skirmish was fought just north of the present town’s location. Another major local historical building is the Chateaugay Town Hall Theater, which has a long, colorful history. The original Town Hall, built in 1911, included an Opera House featuring movies, Vaudeville, plays, concerts, and stage production, but burned down in 1940. The rebuilt Town Hall opened in 1941 and has seen numerous revitalizations since then. Today, the Town Hall Theater serves as both a historic theater and modern event space, featuring concerts, performances and movie showings year-round. Recently, local leaders have been spearheading efforts in the revitalization of Chateaugay, including several recent projects like the new Chateaugay Memorial Library, renovated Town Hall and newly refurbished theater, and a local wind farm.

Notable Employers

Chateaugay has been home to McCadam Cheese since 1876, making it one of the oldest businesses in the region, and is also home to Casella Organics’ cutting edge industrial composting facility.

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