Millbrook, New York

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Franklin Ave
Name origin: From local estate
Country USA
State New York
Region Hudson Valley
County Dutchess
Town Washington
Center Village Green
 - elevation 480 ft (146 m)
 - coordinates 41°47′5″N 73°41′16″W / 41.78472°N 73.68778°W / 41.78472; -73.68778Coordinates: 41°47′5″N 73°41′16″W / 41.78472°N 73.68778°W / 41.78472; -73.68778
Highest point N of SE corner
 - elevation 870 ft (265 m)
 - coordinates 41°46′32″N 73°41′6″W / 41.77556°N 73.68500°W / 41.77556; -73.68500
Lowest point East Branch Wappinger Creek at W village line
 - elevation 450 ft (137 m)
 - coordinates 41°47′18″N 73°41′51″W / 41.78833°N 73.69750°W / 41.78833; -73.69750
Area 1.9 sq mi (5 km2)
Population 1,452 (2010)
Density 764.3 / sq mi (295 / km2)
Founded 1895
 - location 35 Merritt Avenue
Mayor Laura Hurley[1]
Timezone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 12545
Area code 845
Exchange 266
FIPS code 36-47273
GNIS feature ID 0957288
Location of Millbrook, New York
Wikimedia Commons: Millbrook, New York

Millbrook is a village in Dutchess County, New York, United States. It is located on the same side of the Hudson River as Poughkeepsie, Hopewell Junction, East Fishkill, and Wappingers Falls. It is most commonly referred to as the low-key version of the Hamptons and is one of the most affluent towns in New York State. As of the 2010 Census, Millbrook's population was 1,452. Millbrook is located in the Hudson Valley, an hour-and-thirty-minute drive upstate of New York City. On its main street, Franklin Avenue, many of the village's main eateries, stores, and landmarks including the public library, can be found.

The Village of Millbrook is near the center of the Town of Washington. Until April 2008, US Route 44 passed through the village, but it was rerouted through what was route 44A. The road through the town is now unsigned reference route 984P.

Millbrook is part of the PoughkeepsieNewburghMiddletown Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New YorkNewarkBridgeport Combined Statistical Area.


Millbrook was settled by Quakers in the middle eighteenth century. What now comprises the village originally had two areas of settlement, Hart's Village and the hamlet of Mechanic. The area known as Hart's Village was centered on the grist mill along the East Branch of the Wappinger Creek off of Hart's Village Road. The building still stands today, and has been converted to an apartment building. The Hamlet of Mechanic is now known as South Millbrook, and is located near the junction of NY route 343 and Old Route 82 (Dutchess County route 111), where the turn monument is.

The village is from the Great Nine Partners Patent, and a street and burial ground at the south east edge of town now bear the name. Prior to the Revolutionary War, what is now known as the Town of Washington was called the Charlotte Precinct.

The Village of Millbrook, as it is known today, was developed around the Dutchess and Columbia railroad station which was located on the village green. The train station was built in 1870 on the lands of Issac Merritt, who laid out the streets soon thereafter.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.901 square miles (4.92 km2), of which 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (2.60%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 693
1900 1,027 48.2%
1910 1,136 10.6%
1920 1,096 −3.5%
1930 1,296 18.2%
1940 1,340 3.4%
1950 1,568 17.0%
1960 1,717 9.5%
1970 1,736 1.1%
1980 1,343 −22.6%
1990 1,339 −0.3%
2000 1,429 6.7%
2010 1,452 1.6%
Est. 2014 1,434 [2] −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,429 people, 678 households, and 361 families residing in the village. The population density was 764.3 people per square mile (295.0/km²). There were 744 housing units at an average density of 397.90 per square mile (153.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.90% White, 2.70% African American, 0.20% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.00% of the population.

There were 878 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.8% were non-families. 40.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the village the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $68,552, and the median income for a family was $96,473. Males had a median income of $67,917 versus $57,400 for females. The per capita income for the village was $49,114. About 1.0% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.

Schools and colleges[edit]

Bennett Junior College Halcyon Hall, c. 1910)

Millbrook was also the location of the campus of the former Bennett College, which closed in 1978.

Points of interest[edit]


Millbrook is served by Dutchess LOOP's route "D" bus.[5]


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