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As early as 1620 the land on the west side of the Hudson River, south of the Rondout Creek, was known by the Dutch and English as a good place to trade with the Native Americans who called the area "esepu", meaning "high banks". In 1811 this area officially became the Town of Esopus (ee-SO-pus). We are beautifully situated on the west banks of the majestic Hudson River, nearly 100 miles North of New York City. Our Town is bounded on the North by the Roundout Creek, a waterway busy with commercial and pleasure craft, across which lies the City of Kingston. To the South is Highland in the Town of Lloyd, and to the West are the towns of Rosendale and New Paltz.
The Town of Esopus covers 40 square miles, much of which remains naturally decorated by lakes, waterways, and lush woodlands. In addition to the Hudson and Walkill Rivers, the Rondout, Black, and Swartekill Creeks wind through the Town...but not the Esopus Creek!
Our population is roughly 9500 strong, and has included such notables as naturalist John Burroughs and human rights advocate Sojourner Truth. Several hamlets make up the Town of Esopus including Connelly, Esopus, New Salem, our Town center Port Ewen, Rifton, St. Remy, Sleightsburgh, Ulster Park, Union Center, and West Park. Along with the elegant beauty of our landscape, the Town of Esopus has so much to offer our residents and visitors; historic homes and sites, vineyards, apple orchards, fishing, parks and preserves, museums and educational fare, and many fine shops, restaurants, and farm stands.