Roxbury, New York

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Roxbury is a town in Delaware County, New York, United States. The population was 2,509 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Roxbury is at the eastern end of the county.

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History

The town was the birthplace and the home of naturalist John Burroughs. A memorial site has been placed by his birthplace. Jay Gould, the Railroad financier, was also born in the town. The Main Street Historic District includes the Jay Gould Memorial Church and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1] Other sites on the National Register of Historic Places include the First Old School Baptist Church of Roxbury and Vega Cemetery, Isaac Hardenbergh House, Second Old School Baptist Church of Roxbury, Walter Stratton House, and Ulster and Delaware Railroad Depot and Mill Complex.[1]

Geography

The eastern town lines border Greene County and Schoharie County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 87.6 square miles (226.9 km²), of which, 87.2 square miles (225.7 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (0.52%) is water.

The East Branch of the Delaware River has its source in a pond behind a tire shop just south of Grand Gorge.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,509 people, 1,078 households, and 719 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.8 people per square mile (11.1/km²). There were 2,026 housing units at an average density of 23.2/sq mi (9.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.33% White, 0.44% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

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