Carmel, New York

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Carmel is a town located in Putnam County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 36,465.

There are no incorporated villages in the town, although the hamlets of Carmel and Mahopac each have populations sizable enough to be thought of as villages.

The Town of Carmel is on the south border of the county. The town hall is in Mahopac.

Guideposts Magazine, founded by Norman Vincent Peale, is headquartered in Carmel.



The town was first settled around 1740 by Johnathan Bobason. On the night of April 26, 1777, after learning the news that the British had begun burning nearby Danbury, Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode her horse, Star, the entire night through the hamlets of Carmel, Mahopac, Kent Cliffs and Farmers Mills warning those along the way that the British were coming before returning home at dawn. A statue memorializing the female Paul Revere sits alongside Lake Gleneida.

Carmel was established by splitting from of the Town of Frederickstown, in 1795. (Patterson also split from Frederickstown the same year, the remnant of Frederickstown became known as Kent). Carmel was designated the county seat in 1812. In 1861, a small part of Carmel was taken to be added to the Town of Putnam Valley.

Putnam County Courthouse

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