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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Stephentown, New York


The above, grayed out area, roughly outlines the location of the Town of Stephentown 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 Stephentown is available as part of a Rensselaer County map at the GIS & Mapping section of the Rensselaer County Online. The elevation at the Stephentown Town Hall at 26 Grange Hall Road is 867 feet. The 2010 census population of Stephentown was 2,903, an increase of 1% from the 2000 census. Stephentown is serviced primarily by the Berlin Central School District.

Stephentown was founded March 29, 1784. At that time it covered a much larger area, including what is today Petersburgh and Berlin. Although the Rensselaer Plateau has a variety of mammals today -- including bear, moose, and fisher -- we don't have any wolves. But the History of Stephentown, New York notes "The early settlers evidently suffered from the depredations of wolves, for April 6, 1802, there is an entry in the records of the town showing that the authorities that day offered a bounty of fifteen dollars for the head of a full-grown wolf and half that amount for the head of a young wolf."

Readers of this blog know I'm a reader and book collector. Stephentown is home to Down in Denver, a very nice used bookstore.

Links
History of Stephentown, 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 Stephentown, NY
Stephentown Historical Society 
Stephentown Memorial Library 
Stephentown, NY - Wikipedia
Town of Stephentown
2010 Census Data

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