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Somers Town

Somers Town Hall is located at 335 Route 202, Somers NY 10589; phone: 914-277-3323.

In 1697 King William granted Stephanus Van Cortland of New York City, a tract of more than 80,000 acres which became known as Van Cortland Manor. Van Cortland died in 1700. After the estate was partitioned, settlers began taking up the land.

Incorporated in 1788, the town was then called Stephentown. Sometime afterward it was changed to Somerstown, and finally, in 1808, changed to Somers in honor of Richard Somers, a naval captain from New Jersey who died during the Tripolitain War (1801-1805).

In ancient times the area that was to become the Town of Somers was occupied by Indians who were part of the tribe of Mohegans. They called their land Amapaugh, which historians translate as "fresh water fish."

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