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Town of Northeast Population (census 2010): 3,031 over 43.7 square miles
The town of North East is named for its location. Situated at the Northeast corner of Dutchess County, the Northern town line borders Columbia County, New York. The Eastern town line is the border of Connecticut, and a small part of the town touches Massachusetts. The town is nestled in the Harlem Valley, and features a stunning landscape with rolling hills and beautiful valleys.
Farming was the main industry of the town with the original settlers. As the Industrial Revolution took place, railroads were built connecting Millerton to Connecticut and Boston on the Central New England railroad, and the Poughkeepsie Train connected the town to the Hudson River and Poughkeepsie. The Village of Millerton was named after Sidney Miller, the engineer who brought the railroad to Millerton in 1851.
The local economy took a down turn after the railroad closed. The milk processing plant and many farms shut down in the 1970's and 80's. But nowadays, Millerton remains the commercial center of the town, and turned itself into a hip village. It was named by Budget Travel as one of the “10 coolest small towns in America”.
The Main Street in Village of Millerton is alive with galleries, specialty shops, casual and fine dining. The three-screen Moviehouse shows new releases along with independent and foreign films. The independent bookstore Oblong Books and Music is popular and hosts regular events.
However, the town is still isolated and sparsely populated, and not convenient to amenities like hospitals or fitness facilities. Also, the median income of the town remains below that of the average of Dutchess County.
For some nature, there is the Rudd Pond State Park and the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. The Rudd Pond State Park, part of the Taconic State Park, offers camping and activities including swimming, picnicking, hiking, boating, and biking.
Driving through town in any direction, you will pass several farms. Most of the farms are known for their high quality and organic produce, dairy, and meat. You can buy farm fresh products from the farm stands. Many of these family-owned farms allow you to pick-your-own produce.
The town and village are within one hour's drive from Poughkeepsie NY, and two hours North of New York City. The town is accessible via the NY Route 22 and US Route 44 highways, which connect to the interstate Taconic State Parkway and 684.
The Millerton train station no longer runs. But the Metro-North extended train service on the Harlem line ends at Wassaic, 10 miles south.
With a charming downtown, and the rolling hills and scenic landscape, Millerton has become a popular vacation home spot. Outside the village, most of the homes are country homes and farms.
52.6% of the homes are owner occupied, and 47.4% are rentals.
The Town of Northeast website: www.townofnortheastny.gov
Village of Millerton website: http://www.villageofmillerton.net
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