Timeline of town creation in the Hudson Valley

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The Senate House, in Kingston, is where the U.S. state of New York was founded in 1777.[1] The predecessors of Hudson Valley towns predate the state.

The towns and cities of the Hudson Valley were created by the U.S. state of New York as municipalities, in order to perform the services of local government.[2] In 1683, prior to the creation of modern towns, the Province of New York was divided into twelve counties for administrative purposes by the Colonial Governor of New York. In the Hudson Valley, these divisions included Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. Dutchess and Orange remained unorganized until 1713, with Dutchess administered from Ulster;[3] Orange would be administered from New York County.[4] Future counties would be formed and towns exchanged over time, with Rockland County split from Orange in 1799, at which time the southern towns of Ulster were transferred to Orange as compensation for the loss; and Putnam County from Dutchess in 1812, these county's towns can trace their origins to towns and precincts that were formed in their parent counties.[3] Another change that occurred was the transfer of Dutchess County's northern section, the Livingston Manor, to Columbia County. Greene County was formed in 1800 by the combination of the southernmost towns of Albany County with the northernmost towns of Ulster. The history of the towns of Greene and Columbia counties can be found at the Timeline of town creation in New York's Capital District.

New York experimented with different types of municipalities before settling upon the current format of towns and cities occupying all the land in a county,[5] and all previous forms were transformed into towns (or divided into multiple towns) in 1788 when all of the state of New York was divided into towns.[2] Some early forms of government in earlier years included land patents with some municipal rights, districts,[6] precincts,[7] and boroughs.[8] Though originally intended to be mere “…involuntary subdivisions of the state, constituted for the purpose of the more convenient exercise of governmental functions by the state for the benefit of all its citizens” as defined by the courts in 1916 (Short v. Town of Orange), towns gained home rule powers from the state in 1964, at which time towns became "a municipal corporation comprising the inhabitants within its boundaries, and formed with the purpose of exercising such powers and discharging such duties of local government and administration of public affairs as have been, or, maybe [sic] conferred or imposed upon it by law.”[9]

The following is a timeline showing the creation of the current towns from their predecessors stretching back to the earliest municipal entity over the area. The timelines only represent which town(s) a particular town was created from and do not represent annexations of territory to and from towns that already existed. All municipalities are towns unless otherwise noted as patent, township, borough, district, or city.

Dutchess County[edit]

Downtown Poughkeepsie as seen from across the Hudson River
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beacon
1913[10]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wappinger
1875[10]
 
Rombout
Precinct 1737–1788[10]
 
Fishkill
1788
 
 
East Fishkill
1849
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Freedom 1821
(LaGrange
from 1828)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Union Vale
1827
 
 
 
 
Beekman
Precinct 1737–1788
 
Beekman
1788
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pawling's
Precinct 1768–1788
 
Pawling
1788
 
Dover
1807
 
 
 
 
Crum Elbow
Precinct
1737–1762[10]
 
Amenia
Precinct 1762–1788
 
Amenia
1788
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charlotte
Precinct 1762–1788
(Clinton from 1786)
 
Washington
1788[2]
 
Stanford
1793[10]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pleasant Valley
1821
 
 
Rhinebeck
Precinct
1737–1788
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clinton
1788
 
 
Hyde Park
1821
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhinebeck
1788
 
Red Hook
1812
 
 
 
 
Poughkeepsie
Precinct 1737–1788
 
Poughkeepsie
1788
 
Poughkeepsie
City 1854
 
 
 
North Precinct 1737–1746[3]
(Also known as Northeast)[7]
 
Northeast
1788
 
Milan
1818
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pine Plains
1823
 

Notes[edit]

  • Dutchess County was one of the twelve original counties formed in 1683 in the Province of New York; but was under the governance of Ulster County until a county government was erected in 1713 at which point it received separate representation in the General Assembly. [3] In 1737 Dutchess was divided into seven precincts,[7] six of which descended into the present towns of Dutchess County while the seventh became the progenitor of the towns of Putnam County.[3]

Putnam County[edit]

Patterson Town Hall
 
 
 
 
 
Fredericksburgh[A]
Precinct 1772–1788
 
Frederickstown[B] 1788
(Frederick from 1795
Kent from 1817)
 
Carmel[B] 1795
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Franklin[B] 1795
(Patterson from 1808)
 
 
 
South Precinct[A]
1737–1772[10]
 
 
South East[A]
Precinct 1772–1788[6][10]
 
Southeasttown[B] 1788
(Southeast from 1795)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Philips[A]
Precinct
1772–1788
 
Philipstown[B]
1788
 
Quincy[C] 1839
(Putnam Valley
from 1840)
 
 
 

Notes[edit]

[A] = A part of Dutchess County.
[B] = A part of Dutchess County until 1812, thereafter Putnam County.
[C] = A part of Putnam County.

Ulster County[edit]

Town and city boundaries within Ulster County in 1875
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hurley[A]
Precinct
1708[3]–1788[2]
 
Hurley[A]
1788[2]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hardenburgh[A]
1859
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Woodstock[A]
township
1787[3]–1788[2]
 
Woodstock[A]
1788[2]
 
Shandaken[A]
1804
 
 
Denning[A]
1849
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Windham[D]
1788
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gardiner[A]
1853
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rochester[A]
Patent 1703–1788
 
Rochester[A]
1788
 
 
Wawarsing[A]
1806
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Paltz[A]
Patent 1677[3]–1788[2]
 
New Paltz[A]
1788[2]
 
Lloyd[A]
1845
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rosendale[A]
1844
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marbletown[A]
Patent 1703[3]–1788[2]
 
Marbletown[A]
1788[2]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Olive[A]
1823
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Esopus and Wiltwyck[B]
Village/town 1661[11]–1702
(Kingston from 1669)
 
Kingston[A]
Township 1702[3]–1788[2]
 
Kingston[A]
1788[2]
 
Kingston[A]
City 1872
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saugerties[A]
1811
 
Shawangunk[A]
Precinct 1743–1788
 
Shawangunk[A]
1788
 
 
 
 
 
 
Esopus[A]
1811
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ulster[A]
1879
 
Highlands[A]
Precinct 1709[12]–1763
 
New Windsor[A]
Precinct 1763–1788
 
For further descendants
see Orange County[C]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newburgh[A]
Precinct 1763–1788
 
Marlborough[A]
Precinct
1772–1788
 
Marlborough[A]
1788
 
Plattekill[A]
1800
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For further descendants
see Orange County[C]
 

Notes[edit]

[A] = A part of Ulster County.
[B] = A part of the Dutch colony of New Netherland until 1664, thereafter English, Ulster County after 1683.
[C] = A part of Ulster County until 1799, thereafter Orange County.
[D] = A part of Ulster County until 1800, thereafter Greene County. For further
descendants see Timeline of town creation in New York's Capital District.
  • Wiltwyck and Esopus were a dependency of the Village of Beverwyck (Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck) prior to 1661.[3][13]
  • Dash lines are used for leading to the town of Olive from its antecendants only help in tracking those lines, which due to space constraints cross other town's lines. No significance should be interpreted with the use of dash lines leading to the town of Olive.

Orange County[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Highlands[A]
1872
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cornwall[A]
Precinct 1764–1788
 
New Cornwall[A] 1788[2]
(Cornwall from 1797)
 
Blooming Grove[A]
1799
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Woodbury[A] 1890[14]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chesecocks[A] 1799
(Southfield from 1801–1808
thereafter Monroe)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuxedo[A] 1890[14]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Warwick[A]
1788[2]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chester[A]
1845
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goshen[A] 1788[2]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goshen[A]
Precinct ?–1788
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hanover[B]
Precinct 1772–1788
(Montgomery after 1782)
 
Montgomery[C]
1788
 
Crawford[A]
1823
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hamptonburgh[A]
1830
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wallkill[B]
Precinct 1743–1788[12]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Windsor[B]
Precinct 1763–1788
 
New Windsor[C]
1788
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Highlands[B]
Precinct 1709[12]–1763
 
 
Newburgh[B]
Precinct 1763–1788
 
Newburgh[C]
1788
 
Newburgh[A]
City 1865[15]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For further descendants
see Ulster County section [B]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wallkill[C] 1788
 
Middletown[C]
City 1888[16]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wawayanda[A]
1849
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minisink[A]
1788[2]
 
 
Greenville[A]
1853
 
 
Calhoun[A] 1825
(Mount Hope
from 1833)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mamakating[B]
1788[2]
 
Deerpark[A]
1798
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Port Jervis[A]
City 1907[17]
 
 

Notes[edit]

[A] = A part of Orange County.
[B] = A part of Ulster County.
[C] = A part of Ulster County until 1799, thereafter Orange County.
  • In 1863 the Orange County Board of Supervisors erected two new towns from part of Monroe, named Highlands and Southfield. This was declared overruled by the state legislature in 1865 and therefore those towns are not shown here.[18]

Rockland County[edit]

Rockland County, with town and village boundaries
Haverstraw[B]
Precinct 1719–1788
 
Haverstraw[C]
1788
 
New Hampstead[A]
1791
(Ramapo from 1791)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clarkstown[A]
1791
 
Orangetown[C]
1788[2]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stony Point[A]
1865[19]
 

Notes[edit]

[A] = A part of Rockland County.
[B] = A part of Orange County.
[C] = A part of Orange County until 1799, thereafter Rockland County.

See also[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Senate House State Historic Site". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Laws of the State of New York Passed at the Sessions of the Legislature Held in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787 and 1788, inclusive, Being the Eight, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh, sessions II. Weed, Parsons and Company/State of New York. 1886. p. 748. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k French 1860, p. 267.
  4. ^ "New York County Maps and Atlases". Genealogy, Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Governmental Units". Deitz, John B. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  6. ^ a b The Colonial Laws of the State of New York From 1664 to the Revolution, Including the Charters to the Duke of York, the Commissions and Instructions to the Colonial Governors, the Duke's Laws, the Laws of Dongan and Leisler Assemblies, the Charters of Albany and New York and the Acts of the Colonial Legislatures from 1691 to 1775 Inclusive V. James B. Lyon (State of New York). 1894. p. 383 and 395. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  7. ^ a b c The Colonial Laws of the State of New York From 1664 to the Revolution, Including the Charters to the Duke of York, the Commissions and Instructions to the Colonial Governors, the Duke's Laws, the Laws of Dongan and Leisler Assemblies, the Charters of Albany and New York and the Acts of the Colonial Legislatures from 1691 to 1775 Inclusive II. John B. Lyon. 1894. p. 956. 
  8. ^ Howell, George Rogers; Munsell, John H. (1886). History of the County of Schenectady, N.Y., from 1662 to 1886. W.W. Munsell & Company. 
  9. ^ "Local Government Handbook" (PDF) (5th ed.). New York State Department of State. 2008. pp. 60 (PDF 64). Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Dutchess County Communities". Dutchess County Genealogical Society. 2006. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  11. ^ Schoonmaker, Marius (1888). The History of Kingston, New York from its Early Settlement to the Year 1820. Burr Printing Press. p. 59. 
  12. ^ a b c Clearwater, Alphonso T. (2007). The History of Ulster County, New York 1. Heritage Books, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7884-1943-0. 
  13. ^ New International Encyclopedia XIII. Dodd, Mead and Company. 1915. p. 254. 
  14. ^ a b Laws of the State of New York, Passed at the One Hundred and Thirteenth Session of the Legislature, Begun January Sixth, 1890, and Ended May Ninth, 1890, in the City of Albany. Banks & Brothers/State of New York. 1890. p. 1246. 
  15. ^ Reamy, Martha and Bill (2007). Pioneer Families of Orange County. Heritage Books, Inc. ISBN 978-1-58549-601-3. 
  16. ^ Laws of the State of New York, Passed at the One Hundred and Eleventh Session of the Legislature, Begun January Fourth, and Ended May Eleventh, 1888, Also, Laws Passed at the Extraordinary Session, July Seventeenth to Twentieth, 1888, in the City of Albany. Banks & Brothers/State of New York. 1888. p. 825. 
  17. ^ Laws of the State of New York, Passed at the One Hundred Thirtieth Session of the Legislature, Begun January Second, 1907, and Ended June Twenty-Sixth, 1907, in the City of Albany, and Including Extraordinary Session, Begun July Eighth, 1907, and Ended July Twenty-Sixth, 1907 II. J.B. Lyon Company/State of New York. 1907. p. 2114. 
  18. ^ Freeland, Daniel Niles (1898). Chronicles of Monroe in the Olden Times. The De Vinne Press. 
  19. ^ "Town History". Stony Point, New York. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 

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