Bearsville, New York

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Unincorporated community
Bearsville is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°02′26.7″N 74°09′18.7″W / 42.040750°N 74.155194°W / 42.040750; -74.155194Coordinates: 42°02′26.7″N 74°09′18.7″W / 42.040750°N 74.155194°W / 42.040750; -74.155194
Country United States
State New York
County Ulster
Governmentpart of town of Woodstock
 • Type unincorporated area
Elevation 600 ft (200 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 700
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 12409
Area code(s) 845
GNIS feature ID 943336

Bearsville is a hamlet in Ulster County, New York, USA. Bearsville is in the town of Woodstock, New York and is located along New York State Route 212, within Catskill State Park and just to the west of the hamlet of Woodstock.[1] The highest known temperature in Bearsville was 101 °F (38 °C), which occurred in 1995. The lowest temperature was −27 °F (−33 °C), recorded in 1994.[2]

Bearsville was named for German peddler and storekeeper Christian Baehr, who built a store on the Sawkill Creek in 1839.[3] Places of interest in Bearsville, or named for it, include Bearsville Records and Bearsville Studios, the WDST radio studios, and the Little Bear theater and restaurant complex.[4]

On July 13, 2012, a family in Bearsville reported that their home had been repeatedly ransacked by bears that had broken into their kitchen. State wildlife specialists subsequently determined that the mother bear involved was a nuisance and would have to be killed, though efforts to shoot the bear were unsuccessful.[5] Like many towns in Ulster County, Bearsville also has a thriving deer population.


  1. ^ "Bearsville, New York". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Monthly Averages for Bearsville, New York". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Baehr's Store - New York Historical Markers". Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Bearsville Theater". Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  5. ^ "Bearsville, New York Home Trashed By Bears". Huffington Post. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 19 June 2013.