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Princetown Town


Princetown Town Hall is located at 165 Princetown Plaza, Schenectady NY 12306; phone: 518‑357‑4045.

Beginnings [1]

A portion of the land comprising Princetonw was originally ceded to the Reformed Dutch Church of Schenectady. The remainder, in 1737, belonged to George Ingoldsbury and Aaron Bradt. Early settlers began putting down roots about 1700. William Corry founded a settlement known as Corry's Bush, near the center of the town, sometime early in the 18th century.

Princetown was incorporated in 1798 and named in honor of James Prince, a member of the assembly from Albany County who lived in Schenectady.

In the early 20th century, dairy farming (and cheese making) were major enterprises. The Schenectady and Duanesburgh railroad went through the town and served as the primary commercial connector to the outside world.

  1. History of The City and County of Schenectady, N.Y., Schenectady County Teachers' Association, Schenectady, 1913.
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