Delmar, New York

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Delmar is a hamlet in the town of Bethlehem, Albany County, New York. A census-designated place (CDP) has been established since 1980 by the US Bureau of Census for tabulating the population of what the census has defined as the boundaries of the urbanized area in and around Delmar. The population was 8,292 at the 2000 census. It is a suburb of the neighboring city of Albany. NY Route 443 (Delaware Avenue) which bisects the community is the major thoroughfare, main street, and route to Albany.

In 2005, CNN/Money Magazine named the Delmar ZIP Code (an area larger than the Delmar hamlet or CDP) as one of the "Best Places to Live" in America, rating it the 22nd best place to live among what it called "Great American Towns."[3][4]



Nathaniel Adams moved to the area in 1836 and two years later built a large hotel and made other improvements. When the first post office was built in 1840 he was the first post master.[5] The Adams Hotel was Bethlehem's Town Hall from 1950-1980.[6] In 1841 Nathaniel donated an acre of land for a chapel to be built so that those of the Dutch Reformed Church did not have to travel to Unionville to attend worship though this new church continued to be under the Union Reformed Church. In 1847 the members of the Reformed Church at Adams Station petitioned for their own organization separate from Union, and in 1848 this was granted by both the Union Reformed Church and the Classis of Albany.[7] For Nathaniel Adams, Delmar received its early name of Adamsville.[5]

After Adamsville received its post office mail began to get confused with the town of Adams, New York which also had an Adams Village. The name of the post office was changed to Adams Station in an attempt to relieve that confusion. The Albany and Susquehanna Railroad, which had a station on Adams Street north of Kenwood Avenue, however had chosen to change from Adamsville to Delmar. In 1892 a petition by area residents to change the post office to match Delmar was accepted.[6]

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