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The town of Chester, which was named after Chester, England, includes the Hamlet of Sugar Loaf and village of Chester. Approximately 12,000 people live in the town, and 4,000 of those are located in the village. The village of Chester NY was incorporated in 1892. It claims to be the birthplace of “Philadelphia Cream Cheese,” which contrary to popular notion, was not actually developed in Philadelphia. The region subsequently produced other cheese brands such as Neufchatel, Fromage DeBrie and Clover Brand.
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The Chester area boasts beautiful parks and town activities including annual fireworks, movie nights, nature hikes, and more. Goosepond Mountain State Park is a 1,500-acre park located off of Route 17M in Chester, near Monroe. The park welcomes hikers and horseback riders, and it is undeveloped forest, with a trail that meanders through the middle, crossing a bridge and passing old rock foundations from the past. Another trail is the Heritage Trail which can be accessed at the Chester train station and used by bicyclists, runners and walkers and skateboarders. The Castle Event and Fun Center is also located in Chester, with a 5,000 square foot event room, an 11,000 square foot area that can hold more than 1,000 people and the Fun Center itself. The Castle Fun Center is an Amusement Park and Entertainment Center with Go Karts, Roller Skating, Laser Tag, Laser Maze, an Arcade, Rides, Mini Golf, Batting Cages and more.
The hamlet of Sugar Loaf is an artisan village, with unique shopping and events. The area includes photographers, painters, jewelers, custom clothing designers and even a deli!