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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hoosick, NY


The above, grayed out area, roughly outlines the location of the Town of Hoosick within the Rensselaer Plateau. Ten towns comprise parts of the Rensselaer Plateau.

The Town of Hoosick was created as a town in 1788, before the creation of Rensselaer County. The region was formerly the District of Hoosick (1772) and previously the Hoosick Patent (1688). A detailed map of the Town of Hoosick is available as part of a Rensselaer County map at the GIS & Mapping section of the Rensselaer County Online. The elevation at the Hoosick Town Hall at 80 Church Street is 455 feet. The 2010 census population of Hoosick was 6,924 -- an increase of 2.4% from the 2000 census. Hoosick is serviced by the Hoosick Falls Central School District.

The Town of Hoosick has more industry than most of the ten towns with a portion of their area on the Plateau. There's Oak-Mitsui (copper foils, aluminum bonded copper and advanced interconnect materials for the electronic industry) and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (high-tech foams and films).

According to the History of Hoosick, NY,
"The assertion has been made, and it is now accepted as a fact by most persons, that the "Leatherstocking" of James Fenimore Cooper's novels was Nathaniel Shipman, one of the earlier settlers of the northeastern part of the town of Hoosick. He was a noted trapper and hunter, a close friend of the Mohican Indians, and fought with them against the French and the Canadian Indians. He was a Tory during the War of the Revolution and was tarred and feathered for his disloyalty. Soon after he disappeared and nothing was heard of him for years. Mr. Shipman's daughter Patience married John Ryan of Hoosick. Mr. Ryan became acquainted with the novelist Cooper while the former was serving in the State Legislature about 1804 or 1805, and in their conversations it was found that the missing hunter had been living in the forest near Otsego lake for some time. He was finally induced to return to Hoosick and reside with his daughter and her husband, though he frequently returned to his western home at intervals. He died in 1809 at the house of Mr. Ryan and was buried in the village churchyard."

The Battle of Bennington, named after nearby Bennington, VT, of the American Revolution was fought in the town northeast of the community of Walloomsac.

Battle of Bennington
There's a nice bookstore in the village of Hoosick, DogEars Book Barn, on Route 7 just before Bennington, Vermont.

Links
Battle of Bennington
Cheney Library
History of Hoosick, 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 Hoosick, NY
The Hoosick Township Historical Society
Town of Hoosick, NY
Town of Hoosick, NY - Wikipedia
2010 Census Data

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