Stony Creek, New York
Location of Stony Creek in Warren County
|• Total||83.2 sq mi (215.5 km2)|
|• Land||82.4 sq mi (213.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.8 sq mi (2.2 km2)|
|Elevation||2,418 ft (737 m)|
|• Density||9.0/sq mi (3.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0979531|
Stony Creek is a town in the southwest part of Warren County, New York, United States. It is northwest of the city of Glens Falls and is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 743 at the 2000 census. The town is named for a stream that flows through it. Stony Creek is within the Adirondack Park.
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The town was first settled around 1795. Stony Creek was established as a town in 1852 from a remainder of the Town of Warrensburg called "Athol."
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when a tannery existed at the confluence of Roaring Branch and Stony Creek near the center of town, the peak population of 1,250 was attained. During that time extensive logging was done in western Stony Creek. Once many of the hemlock trees were taken out, and tanning practices changed, the tannery closed and Stony Creek's population decreased significantly and has remained at lower levels since then.
The center of town – referred to by residents as the "four corners" (where the roads from nearby towns Hadley and Warrensburg intersect and continue on to Wilcox Lake/Harrisburg and Lens Lake, both of which teriminate at those destinations) – includes the main business and social area of town. The Stony Creek Inn, the Creek Center Mercantile and the Post Office now occupy three of the four corners and a small park adjacent at Roaring Branch occupies the fourth. Tavern 16 is a more recent addition to the four corners, just a few doors down from the Mercantile and on the banks of Stony Creek itself.
The Stony Creek Inn, currently owned by Dorothy (Dot) Bartell and John Fickel since 1980, has been a mainstay of Stony Creek for more than 100 years, providing a few rooms on the second floor, a popular bar, music on weekend evenings (mostly country, square dancing, folk and rock and roll), food, and a weigh station during hunting season. Over the years the Stony Creek Inn has attracted numerous musicians from around the northeast, and is a kind of destination for many New York and New England residents seeking an out-of-the-way place to relax and listen to music. Notably, the Stony Creek Band got its start at the Inn in the 1970s, when fiddlers and folk musicians regularly jammed for many hours into the evenings, and has continued to play together ever since, cutting records and becoming significantly popular across the Northeast.
The Creek Center Mercantile, formerly "Winslow's Store" and "Floyd's Mall" named after Floyd Winslow, its now deceased but longtime owner, has been for many years the main general store in town. The Mercantile is closed but owned by Floyd's daughter's family, the Harringtons. Both the Winslows and Harringtons have lived in Stony Creek for many generations.
Prior to the Post Office, the third corner of the four corners was occupied by the Stony Creek Lodge (also known as "Ethel's" after its proprietor), the counterpart of the Stony Creek Inn. Like the Inn, the Lodge included a bar, a stage for music, and was a destination for locals, hunters, and those just traveling through. The Lodge burned down in July 1990.
Tavern 16 is a small bar built, owned and operated since the early 1990s by Henry ("Hank") and Toni Soto. Tavern 16 features impressive handcrafted woodwork, a collection of local art, and a very popular pool table (overseen by Henry Soto, Hank's father and area pool shark) and juke box. Hank is lead guitarist in the Stony Creek Band.
In addition to the four corners, the other main area of activity in Stony Creek is the John T. O'Neill Green Meadows Park (aka "rec field") which is situated just west of the four corners and along Stony Creek itself. The rec field includes a swimming hole (below a small low-head dam on Stony Creek), basketball court, softball diamond and backstop, a large pavilion under which every Tuesday night in July and August the town presents Music in the Park, playground and covered area with picnic tables.
The "rec" field is also the site of the long-running annual Mountain Festival. In the past, the original Mountain Days celebrated the 100th anniversary of the town and paid homage to the area's rich logging tradition, attracting thousands of attendees. It included competitions such as the greased pole climb (where competitors stood on each other's shoulders to get to the top of a debarked, greased pole where a $100 bill was nailed), chainsaw and bandsaw speed competitions, wood chopping competitions, axe throwing competitions, and greased pig chases. In recent years Mountain Days now called Mountain Festival has become a more traditional and smaller festival, with music, food and activities for kids and stands selling various local arts and crafts. The festival continues to grow with added attractions each year.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 83.2 square miles (215 km2), of which, 82.4 square miles (213 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it (1.01%) is water.
Adjacent towns and areas
The south town line borders the towns of Day and Hadley in Saratoga County. The west town line is shared by the town of Wells in Hamilton County. To the north is the town of Thurman and the east town line is shared with the town of Warrensburg.
As of the census of 2000, there were 743 people, 297 households, and 204 families residing in the town. The population density was 9.0 people per square mile (3.5/km²). There were 513 housing units at an average density of 6.2 per square mile (2.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.31% White, 0.94% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.
There were 297 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 107.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $32,946, and the median income for a family was $36,111. Males had a median income of $28,393 versus $23,929 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,654. About 10.4% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Stony Creek
- Bakertown – A location in the western part of the town.
- Harrisburg – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town on Harrisburg Road and adjacent to Harrisburg Lake.
- Knowelhurst – A hamlet in the north-central part of the town on Harrisburg Road.
- Stony Creek – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town on Harrisburg Road by a stream called Stony Creek.
- Wilcox Lake – A lake near the west town line.
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- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.