Hampton, New York

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Hampton is a town in northeastern Washington County, New York, United States. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3] The town population was 871 at the 2000 census.[1]

The Town of Hampton is located in the northeast corner of Washington County.

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History

This area of New York was part of a jurisdictional dispute between New York and Vermont. The matter was not settled until after 1890.

The town was formed in 1786 and was once called "Hampton Corners" and "Greenfield." It was founded by Gideon G. Warren, former American Revolutionary War officr. The first town meeting was conducted in his home. Many of the first settlers were from Massachusetts and Connecticut. The land contains parts of early land patents, including Skene's Little Patent and those issued to groups of British officers.

In 1783, the Poultney River at the east town line suddenly changed course and became unnavigable due to a sudden influx of water.

Red slate and other colored slate were mined here.

Notable residents

  • Gideon Warren (1730-1803), Served with the Green Mountain Boys and was an officer in the Revolution, later established towns in Washington County.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.6 square miles (58.6 km²), of which, 22.6 square miles (58.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.35%) is water.

The eastern part of the town forms a border with Vermont. Part of the boundary is marked by the Poultney River, which flows into Lake Champlain.

US Route 4 cross the town in an east-west direction. NY Route 22A passes along the east side of the town.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 871 people, 326 households, and 228 families residing in the town. The population density was 38.6 people per square mile (14.9/km²). There were 435 housing units at an average density of 19.3/sq mi (7.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.5% White, 0.6% African American, 0.1%Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.[1]

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