Germantown 1860s farmhouse 4400SF distinguished home on outskirts of village, impressive 4 column front porch. Features include slate room, wood floors throughout, 5BR3BA + two 1BR apartments, large backyard with in-ground pool on 15 acres.
Germantown 1860s Farmhouse 4400SF Distinguished Home 12526
Germantown NY real estate includes the Hamlets of Palatine Park, Cheviot, Viewmont, Lasher Memorial Park, and North Germantown. Germantown is a pleasant rural town just north of Red Hook with a charming flavor and views of the Catskills and Hudson River. Germantown was settled in 1710, when the Palatine Germans arrived. It was a farming community for most of its history, noted for apple, pear and cherry trees. Few of the orchards remain. Today it is primarily a bedroom community, with many of its full-time residents commuting to government jobs in Albany, Kingston and Poughkeepsie with a strong representation of second home owners. The population was 1,954 at the 2010 census. The median income for a household in the town was $42,195, and the median income for a family was $50,885. Males had a median income of $36,806 versus $26,250 for females.
Germantown NY History
The area that is currently known as Germantown was originally occupied by the Mohicans. In the early eighteenth century, Hendrick Aupaumut recorded the movement of his people that brought them to settle along the rivers that would later be named the Delaware and Hudson. Those who had continued north settled in the valley of the river they named the Mahicannituck, meaning the Waters That Are Never Still. They named themselves the Muh-he-con-neok after the river, a name that eventually evolved to the present day Mohican or Mahican.
In 1710, Robert Livingstone sold 6,000 acres (2,400 ha) of his property to Anne, Queen of Great Britain, for use as work camps and resettlement of Palatine German refugees. Some 1,200 persons were settled at work camps to manufacture naval stores and pay off their passage as indentured labor. Known as “East Camp”, the colony had four villages: Hunterstown, Queensbury, Annsbury, and Haysbury. The area was later renamed “Germantown”. In 1775 Germantown was formed as a “district”. Germantown was one of the seven original towns of Columbia County established by an act passed March 7, 1788. (The others were: Kinderhook, Canaan, Claverack, Hillsdale, Clermont, and Livingston).
Germantown NY Real Estate Today
Nestled on the east bank of the Hudson River 100 miles north of New York City and 40 miles south of Albany, over 2,000 Germantown residents enjoy a quiet, family-centered life-style in the country with easy access to the river for boating, fishing and viewing spectacular sunsets behind the Catskill Mountains. Geographically the heart of the Hudson Valley that so attracted Hudson School painters such as Frederic Church– whose mansion “Olana” sits on a hill a few miles north–Germantown also offers rich cultural and educational experiences at nearby Bard College, and historic Hudson City where antique stores and art galleries attract nation-wide buyers.
Surrounding a lovely small lake with picnic facilities, Palatine Park offers a colorful playground, Little League and soccer fields, Kellner Community Activities Center and the “Dog Bark” dog park. Set in a quiet garden area, the Germantown Library offers audio-visual equipment for programs and meetings. Boaters and fishing fans have two access points to the Hudson River: Cheviot Park off State Rt. 9G and Lasher Memorial Park in North Germantown. As a major migration route, the Hudson Valley is a bird watcher’s delight, and Germantown’s KEEP Conservation area on County Rte. 8 is open year round for bird watching or just walking in nature.
The Barringer–Overbaugh–Lasher House, Clermont Manor, Clermont Estates Historic District, Charles H. Coons Farm, Dick House, German Reformed Sanctity Church Parsonage, Hudson River Heritage Historic District, Stone Jug, and Simeon Rockefeller House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Address: Germantown, NY 12526, USA
- Price: $795,000
- Property ID: 5320
- School Taxes: 9188
- Prop. Class: Residential
- Town: Germantown
- County: Columbia
- Schools: Germantown
- Contact Agent: David Birch
- Agent Title: Broker
- Cell: (518)928-7239
- Brokerage: Barns & Farms Realty, LLC - Chatham
- Phone: (518)392-6400