Livingston Manor, New York

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Livingston Manor is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 1,355 at the 2000 census.

Livingston Manor is in the south part of the Town of Rockland, adjacent to New York State Route 17.

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History

The community capitalizes on the illustrious Livingston Manor name because Manor family members and descendants had a house there. However it was not part of the original manor which was about 60 miles (97 km) east in Dutchess and Columbia Counties.

The Sullivan County community was part of the Hardenbergh patent in 1716 which included much of the Catskill Mountains.

In 1750 Robert Livingston (1708–1790) bought 95,000 acres (380 km2) in the area shortly after becoming the third (and final) Lord of the Manor of Livingston Manor. Most of the land would be sold or leased by 1780. Robert's third son John Robert Livingston (1775-1851)[1] deeded 8,441 acres (34.16 km2) to his nephew Dr. Edward R. Livingston in 1822 around area then called Purvis, New York.

Edward died in 1864 and Purvis was renamed Livingston Manor in 1882.[2] Edward's "manor" according to a sign in the village was on the site of the present village firehouse.[2] however other speculation says the house was on the location of the Rockland, New York Town Hall.[3]

Birthplace of Fly Fishing in the United States

The area lays claim to being the "birthplace of fly-fishing in the United States"[4] largely because of trout fishing on the 27-mile (43 km)-long Willowemoc Creek which flows between it and Roscoe, New York, where it intersects the Beaverkill.

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