West Nyack, New York

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West Nyack is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in the Town of Clarkstown Rockland County, New York, United States located north of Central Nyack; east of Nanuet; south of Valley Cottage and west of Upper Nyack. The population was 3,282 at the 2000 census.

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History

In 1847, the hamlet was named Clarksville, renamed MontMoor and since 1891 has been known as West Nyack.

In 2010, The West Nyack Engine Co. No 1 which was incorporated on March 10, 1910, celebrated it's 100th Anniversary.

The Clarksville Witch 1816

Jane Kannif, the widow of a Scotch physician, lived in a small house on Germonds road in West Nyack. She devoted herself to the care of her only child, a son by a previous marriage, named Tobias Lowrie. She treated, with great results, neighbors that came to her with herbs and methods she learned from her late husband. But “Naut Kannif”, as she was called, seemed to have been exceedingly eccentric. According to the people at that time she dressed oddly, strange hairdos and unsociable. She was regarded as insane - worst yet - a witch in an era of superstition. It was decided to take “Naut” to Auert Polhemus’s grist mill and using his great flour scales weigh her against the old Holland Dutch family Bible, iron bound, with wooden covers and iron chain to carry it by. If outweighed by the Bible, she must be a witch beyond any doubt, and must suffer accordingly. She was taken to the mill against her most earnest protest, put on the scales, and weighed. Weighing more than the Bible, the committee released her. This was the last witch trial in the state of New York.

Geography

West Nyack is located at 41°5′28″N 73°58′8″W / 41.09111°N 73.96889°W / 41.09111; -73.96889 (41.091096, -73.968785)[3].

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