Kingsbury, New York

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Kingsbury is a town in western Washington County, New York, United States. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[4] The town population was 11,171 at the 2000 census.[2]

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History

A charter for a Township of Kingsbury was granted by King George III on May 11, 1762. Its first settler was James Bradshaw. Albert Baker arrived second, constructing a sawmill at what is today known as Baker's Falls. John Jones built a mill in the northwest corner of town. Following his death, Edward Patten purchased Jones' land and renamed the settlement Pattens Mills, a name by which it is still known.[5]

During the American Revolutionary War, the township was twice invaded by British armies. The second invasionary force set fire to everything but the homes of Loyalists.[5]

Charlotte County, of which Kingbury was a part, was annexed by the Vermont Republic in 1781. The following year, it renounced its claim to Charlotte County, and New York officially recognized the town of Kingsbury. In 1810, the settlement near Baker's Falls incorporated as the village of Sandy Hill, though it changed its name to Hudson Falls in 1910.[5]

In 1823, the Champlain Canal was opened, followed in 1833 by the Glens Falls Feeder Canal. Major industry consisted of farming, milling, mining, and logging.[5]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.0 square miles (103.6 km²), of which, 39.9 square miles (103.3 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.37%) is water.

Part of the west town line is the border of Saratoga County and the remainder is the border of Warren County.

NY Route 196 crosses the south part of Kingsbury from east to west. NY Route 149 runs along part of the east town line and intersects US Route 4, which runs from Hudson Falls through the northeast part of the town. The Champlain Canal, part of the NYS canal system runs through the easterm part of the town.

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