Carmel, New York

Coordinates: 41°23′6″N 73°43′46″W / 41.38500°N 73.72944°W / 41.38500; -73.72944
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Carmel, New York
Town of Carmel
Carmel Hamlet seen from Lake Gleneida to the west
Carmel Hamlet seen from Lake Gleneida to the west
Official seal of Carmel, New York
Location of Carmel in New York state
Location of Carmel in New York state
Coordinates: 41°23′6″N 73°43′46″W / 41.38500°N 73.72944°W / 41.38500; -73.72944
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total40.69 sq mi (105.39 km2)
 • Land35.91 sq mi (93.00 km2)
 • Water4.79 sq mi (12.40 km2)  11.26%
646 ft (197 m)
 • Total33,576
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
10512 & 10541
Area code845
FIPS code36-12529
GNIS feature ID0978793

Carmel (pronounced /ˈkɑːrməl/) is a town in Putnam County, New York, United States. As of the 2020 United States census, the town had a population of 33,576.[2]

The Town of Carmel is on the southern border of Putnam County, abutting Westchester County, approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City and 10 miles (16 km) west of Danbury, Connecticut. It has no incorporated villages, although the hamlets of Carmel and Mahopac each have populations sizable enough to be considered villages.


The statue of Sybil Ludington on Gleneida Avenue
The original 1814 Putnam County Courthouse

The town of Carmel was originally inhabited by Indians of the Wappinger people, who, in 1691, sold the property to Dutch traders. In 1697, a wealthy New York merchant, Adolphus Philipse, purchased their deed and was granted a patent from King William III of England for the entire tract of land which is now Putnam County.[3] The town was settled around 1740 by George Hughson.[citation needed] On the night of April 26, 1777, after learning the news that the British had begun burning nearby Danbury, Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode the entire night through the hamlets of Carmel, Mahopac, Kent Cliffs and Farmers Mills, warning those along the way that the British were coming before returning home at dawn. A statue memorializing the ride sits alongside Lake Gleneida.

Carmel was formed with Franklin town from part of Frederick town on March 17, 1795, while still a part of Dutchess County. (Franklin was renamed Patterson April 6, 1808. Frederick changed its name to Kent April 15, 1817.)[4] Carmel was transferred to Putnam County when Dutchess County was split to form Putnam County in 1812 and Carmel was designated the county seat. In 1861, a small part of Carmel was taken to be added to the town of Putnam Valley.

Putnam County Courthouse[edit]

The Putnam County Courthouse was built in 1814. It is the second oldest working[5] courthouse in New York State. General James Townsend, of Carmel, was the architect.[6][7][8] A landmark on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel, the building has a classical front facade. There was one hanging there in 1844. A jail was added in 1855. A new Putnam County Courthouse was completed in early 2008, located nearby on Gleneida Avenue.

Carmel High School

Significant events[edit]

  • December 4, 1965 – A Trans World Airlines Boeing 707 en route to San Francisco collided with an Eastern Airlines Lockheed Constellation flight in mid-air, killing four people.
  • July 29, 1971 – A category F-2 tornado 1.9 miles (3.1 km) away from the town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
  • October 22, 1974 – A large row of businesses on Gleneida Avenue was destroyed in a fire that required over 200 volunteer firefighters to fight the blaze.[9]
  • September 1982 – June 1983 – Carmel High School track star Mike Stahr was ranked first in the US for the mile run, losing only one high school track race during his junior and senior year. He set state records and was the Millrose Games mile winner two years in a row.
  • July 10, 1989 – A F-2 (max. wind speeds 113–157 mph) tornado 0.7 miles (1.1 km) away from the Carmel town center traveled east across Fair Street near the King's Grant condos, injuring five people and causing between $5 million and $50 million in damages.
  • September 11, 2001 – eight Carmel residents[10] died in the September 11 attacks. The town has a memorial dedicated at Spain-Cornerstone Park on the corner of Fair Street and Route 52.
  • April 27–28, 2007 – The Town of Carmel hosted a two-day Revolutionary War era militia encampment along Lake Gleneida. The event celebrated the 230th anniversary of the heroism of Sybil Ludington.
Carmel Police Department patrol vehicle


Carmel is governed by a Town Supervisor and the Town Board. The Carmel Town Hall is located at 60 McAlpin Avenue in Mahopac.

Emergency services[edit]

Law enforcement is primarily handled by the Town of Carmel Police Department, supplemented by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police.

Fire protection services are provided by the Carmel Fire Department, Croton Falls Fire District, Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department, and Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department.

Emergency medical services are provided to the town based on nature and location of emergency. Basic life support ambulance service is provided by Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department, Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department, and North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Advanced life support ambulance and first response service is provided by EMStar Ambulance under contract by Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services.


The Town of Carmel is served primarily by two school districts:

Carmel Central School District[edit]

Carmel Central School District encompasses 85 square miles and serves approximately 5000 students from six different towns. The district enrolls students from the town of Kent, as well as parts of the towns of Carmel, Putnam Valley, Patterson, Southeast and East Fishkill.

George Fischer Middle School is Carmel's primary middle school. Built in 1963, it was named after a former school board member, George F. Fischer. It contains a large number of students (1,000+), and contains grades 5–8. It is notable for its music program.[11]

Constructed in 1929, Carmel High School, which serves 1,843 students, is located on Fair Street across the street from the post office in the heart of town. The original building had four additions, including one built in 1936 with money from the New Deal, one in 1969, one in 1980, and one in 2007, which holds science classrooms and a library.

St. James the Apostle is a Catholic elementary school in Carmel that opened in 1954.

Mahopac Central School District[edit]

Mahopac Central School District has 6 public schools serving 4,138 students in Mahopac, New York.

It is divided into five schools: three K-5 schools (Lakeview Elementary School, Fulmar Road Elementary School, and Austin Road Elementary School), a middle school for grades 6–8 (Mahopac Middle School) and a high school for grades 9–12 (Mahopac High School). A nursery school is operated by the district at the Mahopac Falls school.

Historically, Mahopac had five one-room school houses that were united into one central school (now Lakeview Elementary School) in 1935.[citation needed]

St. John the Evangelist was a Catholic elementary school in Mahopac from 1955 until its closing in 2011. The school building remains with the active Church across the street from Lake Mahopac.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.7 square miles (105 km2) (88.74%), of which 36.1 square miles (93 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) is water (11.26%).

The southern town line is the border of Westchester County, adjacent to Somers. The town is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City (measured from Central Park) and approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of Danbury, Connecticut.

Notable sites and organizations[edit]

Communities and locations in Carmel[edit]

  • Boyds Corners
  • Carmel – A hamlet in the northeastern corner of the town and home to the seat of Putnam County.
  • Baldwin Place – A hamlet at the junction of US 6 and NY 118.
  • Carmel Hills – A hamlet south of Carmel village.
  • Crafts – once a hamlet of Carmel with its own post office, off Drewville Road, south of Route 6, named after the Craft Family, descendants of Pilgrims.
  • Field Corners
  • Hopkins Corners
  • Houseman Corners
  • Kent
  • Kent Cliffs
  • Lake Carmel
  • Ludington
  • Mahopac – A hamlet in the southern half the town where the municipal government is located.
  • Mahopac Falls – A hamlet in the southwestern corner of the town.
  • Mahopac Mines – Abandoned mines on the eastern side of town near the old Ames building.
  • Mahopac Point – A former private community on Lake Mahopac
  • Mahopac Golf Club – Located on the north side of Lake Mahopac is an 18-hole private golf and beach club.
  • Rock Hill Camp – A Girl Scout camp opened in 1922, located in Mahopac on Long Pond.[13]
  • The Sedgewood Club – (Previously the Carmel Country Club) A private community with golf and tennis facilities near the hamlet of Carmel,
  • Thompkins Corners
  • Secor Corners
  • Seven Hills
  • Stillwater – A hamlet in the southwestern corner of the town.
  • Tilly Foster – A hamlet southeast of Carmel village near the eastern town line.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[14][15]
  • Total Population: 33,196
  • Males, 49.0%; Females – 51.0%
  • Median Age: 40.1 years
  • By Race
    • White, 90.5%
    • Hispanic (of any race), 8.0%
    • Asian, 3.0%
    • Black or African American, 1.0%
    • Other Race, 2.7%
  • Average Household Size: 2.99
  • Median Household Income: $105,406 (2015[16])
  • Per Capita Income: $42,034 (2015)
  • High School Graduation Rate: 94.1%
  • College Graduation Rate: 42.1%

Source: US Census[17]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  2. ^ United States Census Bureau, 2020 Report, Carmel town, New York
  3. ^ "About Our Town". Town of Carmel New York. Retrieved February 26, 2023.
  4. ^ Historical and Statistical Gazetteer of New York State, J. H. French: 1860
  5. ^ "County Courthouse Building & Historical Marker". Adventures Around Putnam. Rohit Tripathi. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places".
  7. ^ National Register of Historic Places. National Register Information System ID # 76001264.
  8. ^ "".
  9. ^ "Looking Back At Fire That Forever Changed Landscape In Carmel". Daily Voice. Putnam Daily Voice. April 18, 2019. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  10. ^ "Remembering The Fallen: Honoring Putnam County's 9/11 Victims". September 10, 2019. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  11. ^ "George Fischer Middle School – Homepage". February 13, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "Hospital Information". HealthQuest. Health Quest. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  13. ^ [1] Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  15. ^ United States Census Bureau, 2020 Report, Carmel town, New York
  16. ^ "American FactFinder – Community Facts". Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  17. ^ "American FactFinder – Community Facts". Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2022.

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