North Greenbush, New York

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North Greenbush is a town in Rensselaer County, New York, United States. North Greenbush is located in the western part of the county. The population was 10,805 at the 2000 census.

The town has two main hamlets, Wynantskill in the northeastern corner and Defreestville in the southern portion of the town. Both have strong identities and hinder efforts by the town to have a centralized identity.[3] Also hindering a unified town image is that North Greenbush consists of parts of four different school districts, only one of which (a one room schoolhouse) carries the town's name; two fire districts (Wynantskill and Defreestville); and three ZIP codes (Troy, Rensselaer, and Wynantskill).[3] North Greenbush is home to the southern part of the Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) campus, including the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, home to the Tri-City Valley Cats minor league baseball team; the RPI Tech Park; the La Salle Institute; the New York State National Guard Armory, headquarters for the Rainbow Division; and various Rensselaer County government institutions.[3]

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History

North Greenbush was part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, and Albany County prior to Rensselaer County's creation in 1791. North Greenbush was created on February 23, 1855 from the town of Greenbush at the same time as the town of Clinton (today East Greenbush). At this time North Greenbush occupied more than what it does today, it also covered what is now the northern section of the city of Rensselaer and the southern section of the city of Troy.

The earliest settlers, in the early 1620s settled in Bath, a part of the town annexed to Rensselaer in 1902. Some settlement in what is today North Greenbush may have occurred in the 17th century as well, but most significant early settlement occurred just prior to the US Revolutionary War. Early settlements in the town were at Bath, Wynantskill, and Defreestville. In 1874 Bath became incorporated as a village, and in 1902 it was annexed to Rensselaer. Wynantskill, in the northeastern corner of the town was first settled around the end of the 18th century with a Dutch Reformed Church established around 1794, and a post office was established in 1820.[4] Defreestville was originally called Blooming Grove until around 1830 when it was changed due to confusion with another Blooming Grove in Orange County, New York,[5] it was named Defreestville for David M. De Freest and family who owned a tavern there.[4] Defreestville and Wynantskill continue to be important hamlets in the town. Snyders Lake would in the 20th century also become an important community.[5] Snyders Lake was developed as summer residences and continues to lack a central business district.[3]

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