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Turning Back the Pages

When Warrensburgh was first organized, it was in Washington County, but in exactly one month, on March 12, 1913, the county was partitioned and Warren County was established with Warrensburgh located near its center. Hackensack and Spruce Mountains were within the boundaries of the new town.

The men who made it happen

William Bond came to Warrensburgh in 1786 to take up his 500-acre land grant to become the town’s first settler. It is believed that he took up residence near Bond’s Pond, today called Echo Lake, before he set his sights on Chestertown. One of his daughters stayed in the region and married into the Tripp family in Chestertown.

it is unclear how Warrensburg acquired its name. Warren County had been named for General (Doctor) Joseph Warren who died heroically in 1776 at the battle of Bunker Hill near Boston. A portion of land, called Warrensburgh Tract, was situated on the east bank of the Hudson River. At that time, land had been set aside by the state after the Revolutionary War as payment for the soldiers. This tract was probably named with General Joseph Warren in mind.

Historic family remembered

The town’s name may have other roots. In 1804, James Warren came to Warrensburgh — originally known as “The Bridge” — and he settled on river property which is today at the corner of Main and Water streets.

He conducted a tavern, store and potash factory at this site. James Warren is said to have erected a big sign that said “Warren’s” on Main Street, with an arrow pointing north to his business. Warren drowned in the West (Hudson) River in 1811 near Thurman and is buried in the Warrensburgh Cemetery with his wife and son.

Determining the town’s name

As James Warren was a well-respected citizen, the town could have been named for him or Joseph Warren or the Warren Tract, or maybe for them all. Warren’s wife, Melinda Warren and their son, Nelson Warren went on after James’s death to become prominent citizens. It was at Mrs. Warren’s house on April 4, 1813 that the first town meeting was held.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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