Tannersville, New York

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Tannersville, New York
Motto(s): "The Painted Village in the Sky"[1]
Tannersville is located in New York
Tannersville is located in the US
Coordinates: 42°11′37″N 74°8′20″W / 42.19361°N 74.13889°W / 42.19361; -74.13889Coordinates: 42°11′37″N 74°8′20″W / 42.19361°N 74.13889°W / 42.19361; -74.13889
Country United States
State New York
County Greene
Town Hunter
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,900 ft (579 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 539
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 512
 • Density 450/sq mi (170/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 12424, 12485
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-73143
GNIS feature ID 0967045
Website www.tannersvilleny.org

Tannersville is a village in Greene County, New York, United States. The village is in the north-central part of the town of Hunter on Route 23A. The population was 539 at the 2010 census,[3] up from 448 at the 2000 census.


The village was founded around lumber mills and tanneries. It was incorporated in 1895.[citation needed]

Tannersville's tanning business collapsed in the mid-19th century. It was gradually replaced by the summer resort trade, which reached its peak in 1882 when the railroad came to Tannersville. However, the rise of the automobile in the early 20th century led to a steady economic decline, as travelers were no longer rooted to one spot for an entire summer.[4]

Due to its close proximity to Hunter Mountain ski area, it serves as the local commercial district, with inns, restaurants, and shopping.

Tannersville has experienced a revival in the 21st century. This can be attributed largely to the efforts of the Hunter Foundation. For example, the foundation has implemented the town-wide "Paint Program" — the vision of Elena Patterson, a local artist — with the help and support of Glenn Weyant who was the mayor at the time, corporate sponsors, and local residents. The Paint Project involves painting downtown buildings in multicolored pastels, often with cartoon-like pictures on the shutters. It has attracted waves of tourists who come to see the dramatic paint schemes. The project prompted much attention when it was publicized in The New York Times in 2003.[5] The project was also featured on NBC's Today show, on CNBC, and on all three of the local Albany-based television networks. The village has also become noted for serving as the center of activities for the Catskill Jazz Factory artist development program.[6]

Tannersville is experiencing an influx of tourists from both the New York and other areas, who are attracted to its abundant hiking trails, waterfalls, and old-time charm.[citation needed]

The Tannersville Main Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 2008.[7] Other NRHP listed buildings are All Souls Church and Hathaway.[7]


Name Term began Term ended
George Haner April 1895 June 1896
Frank Egglston 1897 March 1898
Charles Voss April 1898 March 1899
George Bachman April 1899 March 1900
Cyprus Showers March 1900 May 1901
Edward Goslee June 1901 March 1902
William E. Simmons April 1904 March 1922
Oliver H. Perry April 1922 March 1924
Morris Schopiro April 1924 February 1927
Samuel Scudder March 1927 April 1929
Edward Daugherty April 1929 March 1947
Mansfield Showers April 1947 March 1949
Boyd Allen April 1949 April 1953
Mansfield Showers April 1953 March 1955
Paul Yager April 1955 March 1957
Joseph Warm March 1957 December 1966
Marvin Rubinger January 1969 October 1973
Robert Teetsel October 1973 March 1974
Frederick R. Haines April 1974 April 1975
Robert Teetsel April 1975 June 1976
William E. Reich July 1976 December 1976
Claude Kerr, Sr. January 1977 April 1977
Stephen Tuomey April 1977 April 1979
Frederick R. Haines April 1979 March 1983
Elias Eisenberg April 1983 January 1984
Lynn Rubinger January 1984 January 1986
Daniel Powell January 1986 March 1986
Anthony Lucido March 1986 January 1988
Frederick R. Haines January 1988 July 1989
Daniel Powell July 1989 September 1989
Marvin Rubinger September 1989 April 1990
Daniel Powell July 1990 March 1991
Matthew Leach April 1991 March 1995
Lee McGunnigle April 1995 2001
Glenn Weyant 2001 March 2006
Gina Legari March 2006 March 2007
Lee McGunnigle April 2007

Notable people[edit]


Tannersville is located in southern Greene County at 42°11′37″N 74°8′20″W / 42.19361°N 74.13889°W / 42.19361; -74.13889 (42.193619, -74.139011),[8] in the northern part of the town of Hunter. It is situated at an elevation of 1,900 feet (580 m) in the Catskill Mountains just west of the height of land on New York State Route 23A: Sawmill Creek flows southwest through the center of the village into Gooseberry Creek and thence into Schoharie Creek, a north-flowing tributary of the Mohawk River, while just 2 miles (3 km) to the east, at Haines Falls, Kaaterskill Creek drops east into Kaaterskill Clove and thence into the Hudson River valley.

NY 23A is Tannersville's Main Street, leading east 16 miles (26 km) to Catskill and west 4 miles (6 km) to Hunter village.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Tannersville has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which 1.2 square miles (3.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 2.73%, is water.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016512[2]−5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 448 people, 216 households, and 114 families residing in the village. The population density was 402.4 people per square mile (155.8/km²). There were 505 housing units at an average density of 453.6 per square mile (175.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.09% White, 0.89% African American, 0.22% Asian, 0.67% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.90% of the population.

There were 216 households out of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.8% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the village, the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $28,500, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $27,708 versus $27,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,318. About 10.7% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest[edit]


  1. ^ "Greetings from Tannersville New York". Village of Tannersville. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Tannersville village, New York". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ Bennet, Carolyn. "Tannersville: The Painted Town" Archived 2007-12-14 at the Wayback Machine., Catskill Mountain Foundation. accessed January 2, 2008.
  5. ^ Scott, Janny. "True Colors, Shining Through. And Taste?", The New York Times, 28 May 2003.
  6. ^ Barry, John. "The sounds of South Africa sweep in", Poughkeepsie Journal, 21 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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