Greenwood Lake: Resort destination for more than 200 years!
Greenwood Lake is located in Orange County, New York. It is Northwest of New York City ( 50 miles ). The community of Greenwood Lake has a nine mile long lake. It is fed by springs and brooks. The lake covers two states, New York and New Jersey. The Dutch came from New Amsterdam around 1689 and settled in the Dutch Hollow area of Greenwood Lake. Greenwood Lake was a popular place for vacationers from the New York City area in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Vacationers came to Greenwood Lake by way of the Erie Railroad and horse and buggy. Once they got to Greenwood Lake, steamboats met them at Sterling Forest. The names of the steamboats were Montclair, Anita, and Arlington. The largest was the Montclair. It could hold 200 passengers The Montclair was a double-decker steamboat with a paddle wheel on the side. When autos became popular, the steamboats became obsolete. An important event that happened in Greenwood Lake was the first successful delivery of mail by rocket on February 23, 1926. Today people visit Greenwood Lake to go boating, swimming, jet & water skiing, fishing, ice-skating, ice-fishing, and snow sledding.