Chaumont, New York is a village in Jefferson County with a population of about 700 residents. It is located about 13-miles northwest of Watertown. The community is named after Jacques-Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont, who was the son of Benjamin Franklin's landlord in Passy when Franklin resided there.
The first European-descended settlement in the area occurred in 1802. The early community was active in fishing and ship building. A half-century later, the village had expanded to include about 50 structures. In 1874, Chaumont was incorporated. In 1990, the Chaumont historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Parks and Recreation
The New York State Zoo was established in Thompson Park in Watertown in 1920. Today, this 32-acre facility offers the largest exhibit of animals native to the area found anywhere. Over 50,000 visitors come to the zoo every year to see exotics as well as wolverines, bears, eagles, mountain lions, and other indigenous animals.
Bay Breeze Golf Links is an 18-hole golf course that opened in Chaumont in the year 2000. Four sets of tees accommodate every skill level. The facility includes a driving range, practice green and clubhouse with bar and restaurant.
Attractions and Activities
Nearby Clayton is the home of the largest freshwater nautical museum in North America, the Antique Boat Museum. The 4.5-acre spread along the St. Lawrence River includes 1,900-ft of dockage along 1,300 sq-ft of shoreline. There's a comprehensive boat racing display that includes hydroplanes and speed boats powered by aircraft engines. There's also a luxurious 106-ft houseboat that was built and occupied by the then manager of New York City's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1906. In early August there's an antique boat show that has been an annual event since the mid-60s.
The Seaway Trail Series is a collection of races, including triathlons, held in the area from May thru September. "Le Race de Chaumont" is held during Memorial Day weekend. It starts and ends at the Copley House in Chaumont. The Lyme Sprint Triathlon is held in early August.
Chaumont NY real estate includes waterfront lots that are reasonably priced. The age and variety of Chaumont NY homes is impressive. Recently built Chaumont homes on nice-sized lots include a host of modern amenities. Other Chaumont homes for sale date to as early as the 1820s.
Although there may be just a few dozen homes for sale in Chaumont at any one time, a variety of them will date back to the 19th century. The prospective Chaumont home buyer interested in Chaumont properties in up-to-date subdivisions will also have options. Chaumont real estate for young families is also available. Residential real estate in Chaumont built in recent decades includes homes of 1,500 to 2,000 sq-ft that are very affordable.