Free Columbia is located in the very center of Columbia County, NY. The area is known for its rural beauty, small farms, many artists, and cultural organizations and initiatives.
We are situated two hours north of New York City and one hour south of Albany. The train runs from New York City to Hudson, which is a 15 minute car ride away.
Most of the facilities are located in the village of Philmont. It is a small village of around 1,200 people that was first developed two hundred years ago as an industrial site known as “factory hill.” It is here where the local Agawamuck Creek quickly drops 250 feet in a series of beautiful waterfalls. And so it was here where the water was harnessed and directed into various holding ponds to be used to power the mills. Free Columbia has used multiple facilities in Philmont and is currently developing two new sites to host expanding programs.