Hague, New York

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Hague
Town
Boat landing with Lake George on the background
Boat landing with Lake George on the background
Location of Hague in Warren County
Location of Hague in Warren County
Hague is located in New York
Hague
Hague
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°44′8″N 73°31′16″W / 43.73556°N 73.52111°W / 43.73556; -73.52111Coordinates: 43°44′8″N 73°31′16″W / 43.73556°N 73.52111°W / 43.73556; -73.52111
Country United States
State New York
County Warren
Area
 • Total 79.6 sq mi (206.2 km2)
 • Land 64.0 sq mi (165.8 km2)
 • Water 15.6 sq mi (40.4 km2)
Elevation 1,391 ft (424 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 854
 • Density 13.3/sq mi (5.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12836
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-31335
GNIS feature ID 0979033

Hague is a town in northeastern Warren County, New York, United States located on the scenic Lake George. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[1] The population was 854 at the 2000 census.[2] The town was named after the city The Hague in the Netherlands.[3]

History[edit]

In 1757, during the French and Indian War, Sabbath Day Point was used as an encampment and staging area for the French Army and nearly two thousand Ottawa Indians in an expedition to capture the British Fort William Henry at the southern end of Lake George. While at the Sabbath Day Point camp, they conducted an ambush of a group of British soldiers and captured many. Later at the Sabbath Day Point base camp, the Indians cannibilized some of the captured British prisoners.

Sabbath Day Point was used a landing place in 1758 for British armies en route to attack the French at Fort Carillion and again in 1759 when General Jeffery Amherst finally succeeded in capturing Fort Carillon. It was then renamed Fort Ticonderoga.

During the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin twice encamped there traveling to and from Canada as an emissary of the Continental Congress in an unsuccessful attempt to have Canada join the Colonies in the revolution. He was Postmaster General and in this capacity, he conducted temporary postal processing functions on each of his stays at Sabbath Day Point.

The town was first settled around 1796. The Town of Hague was originally part of the Town of Bolton and was created in 1807 as the Town of Rochester. In 1808 it changed its name to Hague.[4]

In 1904 the waters of Hague bay were home of the Lake George Monster.[5][6] The "monster" was the creation of Harry Watrous, and was part of a practical joke.[5][6]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 79.6 square miles (206 km2), of which, 64.0 square miles (166 km2) of it is land and 15.6 square miles (40 km2) of it (19.58%) is water.

New York State Route 8 ends at NYS Route 9N, which joins the lakeside communities on the east side of the town.

The east town line is the border of Washington County, New York. The town and county include the surface of Lake George so that only the opposite shore is part of Washington County. The north town line is the border of Essex County, New York.

Hague Chronicle[edit]

A monthly newspaper produced by volunteers since 1972, the Hague Chronicle covers town meetings along with the activities of various organizations. A parody publication, the Hague Chronical, makes occasional appearances many summers and is produced in its secret lair in one of Silver Bay's remote areas. Judy Stock serves as the current publisher of the Hague Chronicle. The publisher and editor of the Hague Chronical prefers to remain anonymous. [7]

Hague Central School[edit]

The Town of Hague had its own centralized school district from 1927 to 1979. The former Hague Central School, razed in 1985, stood on the site of the current Hague Community Building, and was constructed in two sections in 1927 and 1930. The centralization of the school districts in Hague came nearly a decade before other towns in the region centralized their schools.

Throughout the 1970s, a bitter battle raged between seasonal and year-round residents over the viability of the school, with a student population of about 200 in grades K-12. Several annexation votes were held between 1971 and 1979. Many argued that consolidation with the Ticonderoga Central School District to the north would reduce taxes in the Town. Ironically, three decades after consolidation, the same segment of seasonal residents that originally pushed for consolidation now are protesting that Hague is taxed disportionately.

Through the last decades of its existence, Hague athletic teams were known as the Raiders, using various depicitions of Indians as their mascot. Originally sporting red and gray colors, those team colors had morphed into red and white by the 1970s.

Hague competed in the old Marcy League, which included teams from Bolton Landing, Chestertown, Horicon, Pottersville, Keene Valley, Indian Lake, Minerva, Newcomb, Long Lake, and Wells. Hague competed in soccer, basketball, and baseball.

In 1977-78 and again in 1978-79, Hague's basketball team advanced in the post-season beyond the sectionals. Competing in Section VII as a Class D school, the Hague Raiders won the Section VII title both years, advancing to the State Semi-Finals in 1978. In 1979 the Raiders advanced to the Capital District Semi-Finals.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 854 people, 371 households, and 258 families residing in the town. The population density was 13.3 people per square mile (5.1/km²). There were 1,047 housing units at an average density of 16.4 per square mile (6.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.48% White, 0.12% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.12% Asian, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 371 households out of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males. The median income for a household in the town was $39,375, and the median income for a family was $48,068. Males had a median income of $40,568 versus $21,964 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,344. About 4.6% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Hague[edit]

  • Graphite – An interior hamlet on Route 8.
  • Hague – A hamlet at the junction of Routes 8 and 9N. Hague is the major community and the only significant business district in the town and is located on the shore of Lake George. This hamlet has ZIP code 12836.
  • Indian Kettles – A hamlet on Route 9N near the north town line on the shore of Lake George.
  • Sabbath Day Point – A hamlet on Route 9N near the south town line.
  • Silver Bay – A hamlet on Lake George and Route 9N. This community is centered on the historic Silver Bay Inn, which once served as a private Inn before being sold to the YMCA in 1904. Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks is a family conference center that provides services in a historically rich setting for conferences, family reunions, youth groups, destination weddings, and year-round outdoor and community programs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metropolitan Areas and Components, 1999, with FIPS Codes". US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 147. 
  4. ^ History of Warren County, edited by H. P. Smith - Chapter XXXI: History of the Town of Hague
  5. ^ a b Nickell, Joe (December 2007). "The Lake George Monster Hoax". Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. 
  6. ^ a b "Lake George Monster". Hague on Lake George Chamber of Commerce. 
  7. ^ Hague Chronical

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