Washington started as a small farming community and quickly evolved into an industrial hub, supported by the waterpower from local rivers driving many mills. The arrival of the railroad in 1872 brought imported goods and shifted the economy back to its agricultural roots. By the turn of the 20th century, Washington was an economically prosperous town on the verge of becoming a rich cultural center. Driven by an influx of artists, writers, and patrons of the arts, Washington’s cultural offerings and sophisticated lifestyle evolved into the vibrant, prestigious community that it is today.

culture & lifestyle


The Washington Art Association and several galleries in town showcase all artistic mediums as well as established and emerging artists. While the town’s lifestyle has a major focus on art and culture, it is also committed to health and wellness. Washington’s natural surroundings offer a healthy lifestyle of hiking at Steep Rock Association’s many trails or enjoying water sports at Lake Waramaug. There are many local businesses dedicated to yoga practice, healing treatments and holistic nutrition. Washington residents take part in several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, which connect them with fresh fruits and vegetables right from local farmers.