Marbletown, New York

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Marbletown is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 5,854 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Marbletown is near the center of Ulster County, southwest of the City of Kingston. US 209 and NY 213 pass through the town. It is at the eastern edge of the Catskill Park.



The area was settled around 1669 but received its patent (to Henry Beekman, Thomas Garton, and Charles Brodhead) only in 1703. The community of Marbletown once served briefly as the state capital.[citation needed]

Part of Marbletown was used in 1823 to form the Town of Olive and another part was used in 1844 to form the Town of Rosendale. The Town of Marbletown was formed in 1844.

The Overseers of the Poor of Marbletown, in 1873-74, brought a bastardy suit against a man from Newburgh, Frank Fullerton, which was tried in the Ulster County Court and Court of Sessions and was reported in THE DAILY FREEMAN of Kingston in its March 21, 1874 edition. The complainant was an unmarried girl name Jenny Tenike (more likely, the proper spelling is 'Ten Eyck') of Marlborough. She gave birth to a child in July, 1873 and named the father as Fullerton, since she claimed to have had relations with him in a vacant lot in Newburgh nine months prior to the birth. Another Newburgher named Archibald Wiseman, 22 years old, admitted in court that he had had 'improper relations' with her at a hotel in Fishkill Landing at about the same time. And...another prospective father named George Merritt of Marlborough had fled Marlborough and the state the day after Jennie gave birth. What is unknown as of July 2010 is the outcome of this trial. What IS known is that Wiseman had become tubercular by 1880 and passed away shortly after the 1880 US Census. One of Wiseman's friends in Newburgh, "Benny Odell" Benjamin B. Odell, was at college at the time of this trial and later became a US Congresssman, and after that, the Governor of New York State for two terms beginning in 1900. Odell was not implicated in any way in this affair.

Marbletown was also the birthplace of Leona Helmsley.

Marbletown is the country residence of actors Willem Dafoe and Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow and Rachel Weisz.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 55.2 square miles (142.9 km²), of which, 54.6 square miles (141.4 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (1.11%) is water.

Rondout Creek and Esopus Creek flow through the town.

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