Prattsville, New York

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Prattsville is a town in Greene County, New York, United States. The population was 665 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Prattsville is in the northwest part of the county.

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History

The town was first settled around 1763, and the region was then called "Schoharie Kill." An attempt during the American Revolution by the British and their Tory allies to drive the settlers out was thwarted when they were defeated by the settlers.

Prattsville was established in 1824 from the Town of Windham. Some of the town was lost to form the Town of Ashland in 1848.

Prattsville was later named after Zadock Pratt, a congressman and prominent citizen. Pratt built a tannery larger than any other in the world at the time, helping it become a major town in Upstate New York. His life is depicted through as series of stone carvings called Pratt Rock which he commissioned during his lifetime.

The 1830 population of the town was 830. When Pratt built his tannery, it created a vast number of jobs and the population grew to 1989 by 1850. However, by 1845 all of the Hemlock bark had been extracted from the forests for 10 miles around, and Pratt was forced to close the tannery. The jobs that were lost could not be replaced, and the town's population dwindled to 1,314 by 1875.[1] The Old Episcopal Manse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[2]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.7 square miles (51.1 km²), of which, 19.6 square miles (50.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.51%) is water.

The town is in the Catskill Mountains. The north town line is the border of Schoharie County, New York, and the west town line is the border of Delaware County, New York.

The Schoharie Creek flows through the town past the community of Prattsville.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 665 people, 253 households, and 182 families residing in the town. The population density was 33.9 people per square mile (13.1/km²). There were 406 housing units at an average density of 20.7/sq mi (8.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.95% White, 0.30% Native American, 0.15% Asian, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

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