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Esopus is a village located in the town of Esopus, in Ulster County, New York. It is located south of Ulster Park on route 9W. Esopus is within the Kingston metro area. The name Esopus comes from the name of the Native American tribe who lived in the area.
It was in 1609 when English sailor sailing for the Dutch Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River up to Albany. In 1651, what is now the City of Kingston was settled. From September, 1659 to September, 1663; a series of conflicts, known as the Esopus Wars, were fought between the Dutch and the Esopus tribe.
During that time, the tribe sold large tracts of land to French Huguenot refugees in New Paltz. Now, descendants of the Esopus live in Shawano County, Wisconsin. In 1811, the Town of Esopus was established after "separating" from Kingston. A man named Robert Livingston Pell moved into the area in 1838 and established a farm just north of Esopus. He was one of the first farmers to grow apples and export them to Europe. Also on his farm, they had orchards, vineyards, and ten artificial lakes used for breeding fish. In 1904, Redemptorist Fathers began building the House of Studies. In June of that same year, they purchased 235 acres from the Robert Livingston Pell estate. In 1907, the large, 444 foot long stone building was finished. It had 220 rooms. For 115 years, Mount St. Alphonsus was in the hands of the Fathers of Ulster County. On January 1, 2012, the Mount was sold to the people of Woodcrest (who live in nearby Rifton) for $40 million. In 2011, the entire Town of Esopus celebrated 200 years since establishment.
Esopus is located on the west bank of the Hudson River between Kingston and Poughkeepsie. To the north of the village is Ulster Park, to the west are the Marlboro Mountains with the Shaupeneak Ridge Cooperative Recreation Area, and to the south is the village of West Park. Esopus is a basic village and only has 5 streets: 9W runs north-south through the village, Main Street, which used to be the original Broadway/9W until a new section of 9W was built splitting off from Main Street, later to meet again about 1/2 mile down the road, Black Creek Road, Parker Avenue, which connects 9W to Main Street, and Old Post Road, which heads west from Esopus across the Marlboro Mountains. Black Creek empties into the Hudson River in Esopus.
As of the 2010 census, 237 people live within the village.
Special Places/Points of Interests
- Mr. B's - a restaurant on Route 9W
- The Country Store - a deli located next to Mr. Bs
- Frank's Steakhouse - a steakhouse next to the Country Store
- Sacred Heart Church - a small, 19th Century Catholic Church located on Route 9W. Mass is held every Sunday at 8 and 10 and Saturday nights at 5:30
- Esopus Fire House - the largest firehouse in the Town. Department was established in the early 1900s.
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