Prattsville (town), New York

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Prattsville, New York
Prattsville, New York is located in New York
Prattsville, New York
Prattsville, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°18′54″N 74°25′0″W / 42.31500°N 74.41667°W / 42.31500; -74.41667
Country United States
State New York
County Greene
 • Total 19.7 sq mi (51.1 km2)
 • Land 19.6 sq mi (50.8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 1,539 ft (469 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 700
 • Density 36/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12468
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-59751
GNIS feature ID 0979396

Prattsville is a town in Greene County, New York, United States. The Town of Prattsville is in the northwest part of the county. As of the 2010 census, the population was 700.


An 1844 lithograph of the town.
Zadock Pratt is credited with raising the town to prominence in the 1800s, and was subsequently named after him.

The town was first settled around 1763, and the region was then called "Schoharie Kill." An attempt during the American Revolution by the British and their Tory allies to drive the settlers out was thwarted when they were defeated by the settlers.

Prattsville was established in 1824 from the Town of Windham. Some of the town was lost to form the Town of Ashland in 1848.

Prattsville was later named after Zadock Pratt, a congressman and prominent citizen. Pratt built a tannery larger than any other in the world at the time, helping it become a major town in Upstate New York. His life is depicted through as series of stone carvings called Pratt Rock which he commissioned during his lifetime.

The 1830 population of the town was 830. When Pratt built his tannery, it created a vast number of jobs and the population grew to 1989 by 1850. However, by 1845 all of the Hemlock bark had been extracted from the forests for 10 miles around, and Pratt was forced to close the tannery. The jobs that were lost could not be replaced, and the town's population dwindled to 1,314 by 1875.[1] The Old Episcopal Manse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[2]

On August, 28. 2011, Hurricane Irene caused record flooding in the town by the Schoharie Creek, causing major damage and destroying large areas of the town. Every structure on the strip that comprises Main Street was partly or fully destroyed, including all 22 of the town’s businesses. Eleven houses collapsed in the flood, fifteen were condemned and torn down, more than 100 homes were so damaged that the residents couldn’t return to them, but, amazingly, there were zero fatalities.[3] It received widespread national news coverage because the town had nearly been washed away.[4][5][6][7] Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo labeled Prattsville as the place in New York State hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.7 square miles (51 km2), of which, 19.6 square miles (51 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.51%) is water.

The town is in the Catskill Mountains. The north town line is the border of Schoharie County, New York, and the west town line is the border of Delaware County, New York.

The Schoharie Creek flows through the town past the community of Prattsville.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 774
2000 665 −14.1%
2010 700 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 665 people, 253 households, and 182 families residing in the town. The population density was 33.9 people per square mile (13.1/km²). There were 406 housing units at an average density of 20.7 per square mile (8.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.95% White, 0.30% Native American, 0.15% Asian, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

There were 253 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,655, and the median income for a family was $33,571. Males had a median income of $35,313 versus $17,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,962. About 4.9% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.


Climate data for Prattsville, New York
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 31
Average low °F (°C) 9
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.29

Communities and locations in Prattsville[edit]

  • Four Corners – A hamlet on the east town line, northeast of Prattsville village.
  • Pratt Rocks – A collection of rock carvings east of Prattsville village.
  • Prattsville – The hamlet of Prattsville is in the south part of the town on Route 23A. It was incorporated as a village in 1883, but later abandoned that status.
  • Red Falls – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town on Route 23.


  1. ^ Stradling, David (2008). Making mountains: New York City and the Catskills. University of Washington Press. pp. 34, 35. ISBN 978-0-295-98747-7. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ Dean, Josh (August 19, 2012). "Please God Stop the Rain". New York Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Photo of Hylan Boulevard in Prattsville". Times Union. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Photo of across Main Street from the Morses". Times Union. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  6. ^ Vielkind, Jimmy (September 1, 2011). "'We thought we were going to die'". Times Union. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  7. ^ Waldman, Scott (September 10, 2011). "Survival is town's greatest test". Times Union. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Monthly Averages for Prattsville, New York (12468)". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 

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Coordinates: 42°18′53″N 74°25′59″W / 42.31472°N 74.43306°W / 42.31472; -74.43306