Niverville, New York
|Hamlet of Niverville|
|• Total||3.42 sq mi (8.9 km2)|
|• Land||2.67 sq mi (6.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.55 sq mi (1.4 km2)|
|Elevation||292 ft (89 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
Niverville is a semi-rural hamlet (and census-designated place) of many orchards located south of Kinderhook Lake on Routes 28B and 20 in the Town of Kinderhook along the beautiful Hudson River Valley in Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 1,662 at the 2010 census.
Niverville, a hamlet of Kinderhook Town, was first settled by the Dutch; the first house was built in circa 1707 by Louren Lourenson Van Alen, who obtained the Kinderhoeck Patent—a land grant—in 1629 from Jan Hendrickse DeBruyn, including the area now known as the Hamlet of Niverville. Located within the hamlet, Kinderhook Lake—originally called Wogasawoochuk or Big Fish Lake by the Mohican early Native American settlers—provides fertile, peat-rich soil that supports numerous orchards and farms.
The Niver Cousins—John Niver and John M. Niver—emigrated to the area from Germany in the early nineteenth century. They built the first grist mill for rye flour; their prosperity built the Niver mansion just across the bridge along County Route 28 in 1848. The hamlet was ultimately named Niverville after the prosperous Nivers, although it was long known as Kinderhook Station, after its Boston and Albany Railroad, and Kinderhook and Hudson Railroad turntable, built in 1841. The Van Hoesen House has since become a local pub, "Niverville Pub" and watering hole, serving the area with live music entertainment on a regular schedule.
In 1846, the Niverville Post Office was established with less than twenty business and residential addresses. Niverville’s first park—Kinderhook Lake Park, aka The Old Park—was established in 1870 as a picnic and meeting place.
By 1899 the railroad trolleys were electrified and Niverville’s Electric Park was founded along Kinderhook Lake. Lit by colored lights, the amusement park featured two Ferris wheels (one run by steam, the other by electricity), a carousel, a roller coaster, and other rides, as well as live Vaudeville performances held in a dancing pavilion, as well as an aquarium stocked with native fish and a bathing beach alongside the lake’s popular boating and fishing activities.
The Niverville Fire Department, established in 1916, is also a central community hub serving Kinderhook Lake, residents of adjacent Chatham town along the eastern edge of the Lake, as well as Niverville residents. The current firehouse sits on thirteen acres of land purchased by the Fire Department in 1965. The department maintains an impressive collection of fire trucks—including a vintage 1930s era Dodge chassis with a Ward La France fire engine body—which are put to use in local parades and festivities, including Niverville's Annual Fourth of July Parade. The department also hosts an Annual Hallowe'en Parade and Party. The Ladies' Auxiliary of the Niverville Fire Department is an important and active community group who offer refreshments and assist members of the Fire Department in any way possible before/during and after emergency situations. In addition, the Ladies host dinners, banquets, and other fundraisers for the purchase of Fire Department equipment. The centennial anniversary of the founding of the Niverville Fire Department will be held in 2016.
Niverville is located at (42.446211, -73.654549).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the area has a total area of 3.42 square miles (8.9 km2), of which, 2.67 square miles (6.9 km2) of it is land and 0.55 square miles (1.4 km2) of it (15.94% is water, including Kinderhook Lake.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,662 people, 682 households, and 476 families residing in the hamlet. The population density was 486.01 per square mile (232.1/km²). There were 837 housing units at an average density of 290.0/sq mi (111.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.27% White, 0.84% African American, 0.60% Asian, 0.06% Native American, 0.84% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.05% of the population.
Niverville median household income is $62,679 in 2006-2010 and has grown by 35.41% since 2000. The income growth rate is higher than the state average rate of 24.79% and is much higher than the national average rate of 19.17%. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,109. About 2.8% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.
There were 682 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the community the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.
Nearby communities and locations
- Kinderhook Lake – A lake at Niverville's northeast border.
- Valatie – A village on Niverville's south border located in the center of Kinderhook Town.
- Kinderhook Village – A village located on Route 9 near the center of Kinderhook Town.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Kinderhook Lake
- Niverville Fire Department
- Niverville Post Office
- Valatie Free Library
- Northern Columbia Little League
- Columbia County Historical Society
- Columbia County Tourism
- Columbia County Land Conservancy
- Town of Kinderhook, New York, Kinderhook, NY
- Village of Niverville (Columbia County, New York Genealogy & History)