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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Berlin, New York


The above, grayed out area, roughly outlines the location of the Town of Berlin within the Rensselaer Plateau. Ten towns comprise parts of the Rensselaer Plateau with Grafton comprising the largest piece. Stephentown and Berlin take honors for the next largest pieces.

A detailed map of the Town of Berlin is available as part of a Rensselaer County map at the GIS & Mapping section of the Rensselaer County Online. The elevation at the Berlin Town Hall at 65 South Main is 860 feet. The 2010 census population of Berlin was 1,880 -- a decrease of 1% from the 2000 census. The Little Hoosick river flows north through the town. The Berlin Central School District -- covering Berlin, Grafton, Petersburgh and Stephentown -- has most of its buildings in the Town of Berlin. One elementary school is in the Town of Stephentown and another (currently not used) in the Town of Grafton.

Henry J. Seagroatt Co., a producer and distributor of flowers and supplies, was a major industry until quite recently when big box grocery stores began importing flowers from South America. W.J. Cowee LLC, another major industry in town and the world’s leading manufacturer of wooden floral picks and plant stakes, just announced the sale of most of its assets to the Garcia Group, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia. Despite the current economic environment, most of us should count ourselves fortunate. Read the story of The Crow's Nest in Berlin.

Want to see a slice of real Americana? Mark your calendar today to attend the annual Berlin 4th of July Parade. It's like going back in a time machine to a much simpler era.
 
Links
Berlin Central School District
Berlin Free Town Library
History of Berlin, NY
History of the Seventeen Towns of Rensselaer County from the Colonization of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck until the Present time
Landmarks of Rensselaer County 
Map of Berlin, NY
Town of Berlin, NY - Wikipedia
Town of Berlin, NY
2010 Census Data

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