Brewster Central School District has two primary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school and one high school. Many of the district’s students pursue degrees at area colleges and universities including Western Connecticut State University (12 miles away), University of Bridgeport (19 miles away), SUNY Westchester Community College (25 miles away) or Vassar College (27 miles away).
Brewster’s economy is strong, fueled by tourism from outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs. Brewster is the long-time economic hub of the Harlem Valley, beginning with agriculture and the Borden Milk Factory, built in 1864, which supplied condensed milk to Union Soldiers during the Civil War using milk from local dairies.
Brewster’s job market is stable with construction, health care, food service, administrative and education as the leading industries. Commuters can make the trip to New York City easily via the train.
Attractions and Points of Interest
The Village of Brewster is filled with 19th century architecture including three buildings in Main Street Brewster, the village’s downtown area, that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Other historic sites include the Doanesburg-Sears Burying Ground containing the oldest grave in Putnam County (dated 1751). Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Conservation Center offers farm tours, a petting zoo, riding lessons, summer day camps, crafts, archery, fishing and swimming. Southeast Museum showcases 19th century farming, the history of the American circus, the Tilly Foster Iron Mine, the Harlem Line Railroad, the Borden Milk Factory, and the Croton Reservoir System. Old Southeast Church, Doansburg One Room Schoolhouse and the Walter Brewster House are under the stewardship of the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast.
Parks and Recreation
Brewster is paradise for those who love the outdoors. In and around the village, residents can hike, fish, bike, camp, bird watch, swim, kayak and golf. Winter activities include skiing, skating and snowboarding. The Hudson River provides a dramatic backdrop while antiquing, strolling historic streets or taking in live performances. Mountain biking at Fahnestock State Park and the annual Tour de Putnam (with its full day of bicycling tours through the scenic countryside) are popular activities for the residents of Brewster. The village’s parks department offers sports leagues for adults and children along with classes and activities for all ages, including ski lessons, dance classes, cheerleading, day and overnight camps, horseback riding, quilting, sports instruction, literacy classes, art instruction and after school programs. Scolpino Park features ball fields, picnic areas, a playground and, in winter, ice skating. Town Beach at Lake Tonetta is a popular place for families to enjoy water-related activities. Brewster’s annual events include Community Day, 4th of July Fireworks, and an Easter Egg Decorating Contest.
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