SEARCH AUSTERLITZ NY REAL ESTATE HOMES LAND
Austerlitz NY real estate includes the hamlets of Austerlitz, Red Rock and Spencertown. Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Steepletop and Harvey Mountain famous for blueberries are both located in Austerlitz. There is even a local Blueberry Festival, celebrated at the end of July every year. Austerlitz NY is accessible from our offices in Chatham, Hillsdale and Canaan. Let our top independent brokers help you find great real estate deals. The population was 1,654 at the 2010 census. The median income for a household in the town was $51,369, and the median income for a family was $56,771.
AUSTERLITZ NY HISTORY
The town was named after the Battle of Austerlitz. Founded in the 1750’s, the town is rich in history – some early settlers and sons served in the Revolutionary War. From the fact that among the first settlers there were no less than twelve families of Spencers, the north part of Austerlitz had been known from the first as “Spencer’s-town.” When the bill enacting it passed the Legislature, however, Martin Van Buren, then a State Senator, and who, being an ardent admirer of the great Napoleon, leaped to his feet and moved to amend by calling the new town “Austerlitz.”
The streams of Austerlitz gave rise to industries such as farming, raising sheep, and mill operations. Saw mills, grist mills, mills for wool carding and the making of cider and shingles enabled the settlers to make a living. Vestiges of old mills, early grave sites and historic buildings still remain.
Austerlitz is close to the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood and with its mountainous terrain features many luxury homes and hunting possibilities. Austerlitz is a small, rural town north of Hillsdale, east of Chatham, South of Canaan and West of the Berkshires.