Stony Creek, New York

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Stony Creek is a town in the southwest part of Warren County, New York, United States. It is northwest of the city of Glens Falls[citation needed] and is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[1] The population was 743 at the 2000 census.[2] The town is named for a stream that flows through it.[citation needed] Stony Creek is within the Adirondack Park.

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History

The town was first settled around 1795. Stony Creek was established as a town in 1852 from a remainder of the Town of Warrensburg called "Athol."

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, when a tannery existed at the confluence of Roaring Branch and Stony Creek near the center of town, the peak population of 1,250 was attained. During that time extensive logging was done in western Stony Creek. Once many of the hemlock trees were taken out, and tanning practices changed, the tannery closed and Stony Creek's population decreased significantly and has remained at lower levels since then.

The center of town – referred to by residents as the "four corners" (where the roads from nearby towns Hadley and Warrensburg intersect and continue on to Wilcox Lake/Harrisburg and Lens Lake, both of which teriminate at those destinations) – includes the main business and social area of town. The Stony Creek Inn, the Creek Center Mercantile and the Post Office now occupy three of the four corners and a small park adjacent at Roaring Branch occupies the fourth. Tavern 16 is a more recent addition to the four corners, just a few doors down from the Mercantile and on the banks of Stony Creek itself.

The Stony Creek Inn, currently owned by Dorothy Bartell and John Fickel since 1980, has been a mainstay of Stony Creek for more than 100 years, providing a few rooms on the second floor, a popular bar, music on weekend evenings (mostly country, square dancing, folk and rock and roll), food, and a weigh station during hunting season. Over the years the Stony Creek Inn has attracted numerous musicians from around the northeast, and is a kind of destination for many New York and New England residents seeking an out-of-the-way place to relax and listen to music. Notably, the Stony Creek Band got its start at the Inn in the 1970s, when fiddlers and folk musicians regularly jammed for many hours into the evenings, and has continued to play together ever since, cutting records and becoming significantly popular across the Northeast.

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