Explore our Historic River Village

The Village of Athens sits on the west bank of the Hudson River, four miles north of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Greene County. First settled in the late 17th century, the village, a port on the Hudson-Athens Ferry, became a thriving hub for shipbuilding, brick making and ice harvesting. The small and friendly community is made up of an eclectic group of artisans, business people, and families who all enjoy the beauty of this historic area and the essence of village life.

We’re proud to announce that we’ve recently been awarded bronze level Climate Smart Community status by the State of New York!


Above all, a direct connection with the people is at the heart of Village government. The Athens Village Board manages village affairs with help from the Village Clerk and several appointed committees. In addition, citizens can attend bi-monthly board meetings and participate in open discussions when necessary. Village elections take place annually, on the third Tuesday in March. Learn more about the Village of Athens local government.


Looking for ways to get involved with the Athens community? No matter the season, the Village has something to help you keep busy. Check out the latest show at the Athens Cultural Center, take your pup for some exercise at the Athens Bunker Hill Dog Park, relax by the Athens Pool, or join one of the many groups that serve our community. Learn more and be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter here.


The Village of Athens is proud to have hardworking, dedicated people on the job every day to protect our citizens and property and maintain our infrastructure. For more information on how to reach the Fire Department, Police, Public Works or Animal Control, click here

In case of emergency, dial 911! And to stay informed in the event of an emergency, sign up for Swift 911 here.