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Northumberland Town


The Northumberland Town Hall is located at 17 Catherine Street, Gansevoort NY 12831; phone: 518-792-9179.

Beginnings [1]

Northumberland was formed from Saratoga March 16, 1798. A part of Hadley was taken off in 1801, Moreau in 1805 and Wilton in 1818.

The town shares with Fort Edward, the Fort Edward Falls.

The first settlers probably came in before the Revolution. Among them was a Tory named Munroe, who built the first saw mill at Gansevoort. He was compelled to flee to Canada and his property was confiscated. The mill was destroyed, and afterwards Gansevoort discovered the irons and erected a new saw mill. Soon after he built a grist mill. Fort Miller bridge was erected across the Hudson at this place, by a company incorporated in 1803. Another bridge was erected in 1845, containing a single road track and a towing path for the canal.

The Reformed Church of Gansevoort was organized in 1839 by Reverend Benjamin VanZant, Reverend C Wycoff and Elder Hones Olmsted. There were 14 members and Reverend Wycoff was the first pastor. The first house of worship was erected in 1841, seating about 300. By 1871, the membership grew to 35 with a new pastor, Reverend Charles Rockwell.

  1. Child, Hamilton, Gazetteer and Business Directory of Saratoga County NY and Queensbury, Warren County, for 1871, The Journal Office, 1871, Syracuse.
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