Viola, New York

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Viola is a hamlet (and census-designated place), in the Town of Ramapo Rockland County, New York, United States located north of Airmont; east of Montebello; south of Wesley Hills and west of Hillcrest. The population was 5,931 at the 2000 census.

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History

Alms House

The Alms House (or County Poor House) was established in 1837, at Viola, (then known as Mechanicsville) in the Town of Ramapo, for the poor and destitute (debtors). It was 7 miles (11 km) West of New City. Rockland County had purchased the 47-acre (190,000 m2) parsonage farm of the Kakiat (West New Hempstead) Dutch Reformed Church (also known as the Brick Church) for use as an Alms House. There the county originally built a wooden frame house to serve the poor. The inmates contributed to their upkeep by tending the farm. In 1883, a brick building was constructed. The facility included a school for the children. In 1957, the Alms House was moved to Building “C” at the Pomona Health Center in Summit Park, and the property would become the site of Rockland Community College. The Alms House was re-named the Rockland County Infirmary and Home. In 1977, it was removed to Building “A”. It has been re-named the Summit Park Nursing Care Center.

The old brick Alms House building remains as an Administration Building (Daniel T Brucker Hall), used by Rockland Community College. The farm lands are the campus. The Poor Cemetery (Potter’s Field) remains on the RCC campus, along with the original Gary Onderdonk Veteran’s Cemetery.

Geography

Viola is located at 41°7′35″N 74°5′0″W / 41.12639°N 74.083333°W / 41.12639; -74.083333 (41.126295, -74.083285)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,931 people, 1,681 households, and 1,250 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,192.4 per square mile (845.0/km²). There were 1,738 housing units at an average density of 642.4/sq mi (247.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.81% White, 0.32% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.61% of the population.

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