Smallwood, New York

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Smallwood is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 566 at the 2000 census.

Smallwood is in the southeast part of the Town of Bethel. It is a hamlet within the town of Bethel, originally founded as the vacation community "Mountain Lakes," but later renamed after its founder A.N. Smallwood.

Smallwood is known for its "vintage" style log cabins and camps constructed by Eastern European immigrants in the 1940s. It was originally "restricted" i.e. homes were available to white Christians only. This changed in the 1950s. Many of these seasonal cabins still have their original log siding and limestone fireplaces built by immigrant masons. Running water for most Smallwood homes is only available on a seasonal basis from April to October. Other homes which have been winterized have wells. Smallwood residents also have access to a brook, White Lake Brook, located in the center of the community, which has a beach, that was gated and privatized in the late 90's, limiting access for residents.


Smallwood, which has a gorgeous private lake and beach, is located at 41°39′38″N 74°48′52″W / 41.66056°N 74.81444°W / 41.66056; -74.81444 (41.660573, -74.814507)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.3 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (6.06%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 566 people, 259 households, and 148 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 365.5 per square mile (141.0/km²). There were 1,012 housing units at an average density of 653.5/sq mi (252.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.47% White, 0.88% African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.88% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.53% of the population.

There were 259 households out of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.

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