Goshen, the county seat of Orange County, was originally named in 1714 and was officially defined in 1788. Changes in boundaries continued in the 1800s resulting in Goshen’s current 44 square miles where approximately 14,000 people now reside. In addition to being the center of Orange County, with courthouses, county and attorney offices, Goshen at one time was a huge provider of butter. It now produces milk as well as grows onion and celery on black dirt meadows. Goshen was, and still is, also involved in the trotting horse industry which came to town in the early 1800s. Even today, there is a museum and half mile track in the center of the village where training of horses continues.
Things to do in Goshen NY include a visit to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and the Orange County Distillery where you can enjoy samples of alcohol that are produced at the Distillery’s own farm. In addition, the Heritage Trail can be accessed in Goshen, and walked, run, or biked, to Monroe, NY, a distance of 15 miles. The town also has a selection of delicious restaurants and grocers.