Putnam County NY real estate is a small county between Westchester and Dutchess Counties. It is bordered to the north by Dutchess County, east by Fairfield County in Connecticut, to the south by Westchester County, and to the west by the Hudson River.
Putnam County NY Real Estate Today
Putnam County NY real estate has the characteristics of Westchester in that it provides housing for workers from the Metropolitan New York area. Many civil servants, particularly law enforcement and fire fighters from Metropolitan New York call it home.It also provides housing for Dutchess County commuters from Poughkeepsie and adjoining towns. It also is the site of second homes for individuals from the New York Metropolitan area.
Putnam County NY History
Compared to other parts of the Hudson Valley, Putnam County had slow settlement. It was privately owned and settlement was limited to tenant farmers willing to pay the Philipse family for leases. Secondly, it was mostly hilly and rocky, making it unappealing to men looking for tillable cropland. Its use was generally limited to dairy farming and wood cutting. During the Revolution, the Philipses stayed loyal to the Crown. As a consequence, their lands were confiscated by the New York government. It sold the Philipse Patent along with the rest of their holdings.
Due to the increasing population of the Southern Precinct of Dutchess County and the great distance of these communities from the county seat in Poughkeepsie, Putnam was split from Dutchess in 1812. It was organized as an independent county. Putnam travelers mostly used boats and ships along the Hudson River. Boats transporting goods traveled up the Hudson to ports, mainly at Peekskill, New York. They were transported by road into Putnam County, or goods were unloaded in Putnam County at Cold Spring, New York. Such transport suffered in winter, when the river froze. At that time, little food or goods could be shipped to the county.
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