Potsdam (New York)
Potsdam (pop 9,000) is a village in the town of Potsdam in northern New York State.
Founded in 1806 and named after the orange Potsdam sandstone found in Central St. Lawrence County.
By carTake US 11 north from Watertown or NY 56 south from Massena.
address: Market Square Mall, 22 Depot St.Intercity bus from Massena, Potsdam, Canton, Gouverneur, Evans Mills, Watertown and Pulaski to Syracuse. Air and rail connection at Syracuse. Onward bus connection from Syracuse to NYC.
By trainThere is no Amtrak service in the region. The closest passenger rail is in Brockville (VIA) or Utica-Rome (Amtrak). The closest passenger rail to connect directly to the bus to Potsdam is in Syracuse.
By planeThere is a tiny one-runway Potsdam municipal airport which houses thirteen single-engine planes for general aviation (), but the closest scheduled Essential Air Service is in Massena (MSS) or Ogdensburg (OGS), each with two daily Cape Air flights to Albany. Massena and Ogdensburg are reachable from Canton-Potsdam by county-level commuter bus:
phone: +1 315 386-2600address: Save-A-Lot, 200 Market St. or Wal-Mart, US Route 11Weekday commuter bus service to Ogdensburg, Massena (three runs daily), Canton and Morristown.
Potsdam Taxiphone: +1 315 268-8868address: 123 Market St.
phone: +1 315 268-6400address: 8 Clarkson Ave.Private university founded 1896, 3500 undergraduate and postgraduate students on two campuses; arts, science, business and engineering.
phone: +1 315 267-2000address: 44 Pierrepont Ave.Founded 1816 as the St. Lawrence Academy, which became the Potsdam Normal School to train teachers of music, mathematics and the arts. 4500 students, two libraries and an art gallery.
phone: +1 315 267-3251Live performances at SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Concert Hall and around the region (Watertown, Massena).
phone: +1 315 265-6910address: 2 Park St.Local and civil war history, archives.
phone: +1 315 265-2141address: 6194 State Highway 56Golf course with restaurant (+1 315 265-1234), pro shop.
- There is a riverside state park in Colton for swimming, fishing and hiking.
address: south of the Main Street parking lotLocal produce and meats, baked goods, wine, maple syrup, flowers, crafts. Winter market 1-3PM Sat at VFW Post, 95 Market St.
phone: +1 315 268-1844address: 6885 US Hwy 11American bistro, local produce, regional cuisine.
address: Pratt Commons, SUNY PotsdamSalads, pizza, baked pastas, paninis, soups and takeout items. Grill, adjacent Tim Horton's café.
Cactus Grill and Cantinaphone: +1 315 265-0240address: 11 Raymond St.Mexican.
phone: +1 315 261-4089address: 59 Market StTavern in restored 1860s brick building, full menu and selection of cocktails, beers, and wines. Pool, darts, flat screen TVs. Second bar with dance floor and DJ downstairs.
Hotels and motels
phone: +1 315 265-3050address: One Main St.Boutique hotel near university campuses, 40 rooms, demands credit card on check-in to charge a long list of incidental items including fee for continental breakfast. Bar/lounge, room service, wi-fi, small meeting/banquet facility, refrigerator/microwave in room, free local calls.
phone: +1 315 265-0709address: 7518 US Highway 1116-room family-owned motel, non-smoking, wi-fi, refrigerators, continental breakfast included.
Bed and breakfast
phone: +1 315 268-0936address: 48 Elm St.Historic 1842 Greek revival house, three rooms with private bath, wi-fi, full breakfast.