Clermont, New York

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Clermont is a town in Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 1,726 at the 2000 census. The name of the town is French for "Clear Mountain," referring to the mountain views in the town.

The Town of Clermont is in the southwest part of the county, south of the City of Hudson.

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History

"Clermont" was originally one of the oldest of the great estates of the mid-Hudson valley.

The Clermont Manor was established in 1728, in what is now the Town of Clermont. The manor was originally part of the 160,000 acre (650 km²) Livingston Manor; Clermont was a 13,000 acre (53 km²) section in the southwest corner that was bequeathed to Robert Livingston, a younger son. His descendants would come to own more than 500,000 acres (2,000 km²) in the Catskill Mountains and more than 100,000 acres (400 km²) in Dutchess County.

Clermont marked the northernmost penetration by British troops up the Hudson River during the American Revolution; Livingston’s home was burned because of his prominent role in the Revolution. It was rebuilt between 1779 and 1782. The house is now a 500 acre (2 km²) historic New York State Historic Site and a United States National Historic Landmark.

In 1788, Clermont Manor was organized as the Town of Clermont.

Clermont was the port of registry of Robert Fulton's first steamboat, co-owned by Livingston, which was called the "North River". Today it is known as the "Clermont." The ruins of its dock can still be found at the historic site.

The estate, and later the town, was home to seven generations of the Livingston family until 1962.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.2 square miles (49.7 km²), of which, 18.0 square miles (46.6 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it (6.30%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Dutchess County, and the west town line, marked by the Hudson River, is the border of Ulster County.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,726 people, 593 households, and 437 families residing in the town. The population density was 96.0 people per square mile (37.0/km²). There were 725 housing units at an average density of 40.3/sq mi (15.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.58% White, 1.27% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.

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