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Carmel is a town located in Putnam Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, USAmarker. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 36,465.

There are no incorporated villages in the town, although the hamlets of Carmelmarker and Mahopacmarker each have populations sizable enough to be thought of as villages.

The Town of Carmel is on the south border of the county. The town hall is in Mahopacmarker.

Guideposts Magazine, founded by Norman Vincent Peale, is headquartered in Carmel.


The Putnam County Courthouse in Carmel, New York
The town was first settled around 1740 by George Hughson.On the night of April 26, 1777, after learning the news that the Britishmarker had begun burning nearby Danburymarker, Connecticutmarker, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode her horse, Star, the entire night through the hamlets of Carmel, Mahopacmarker, Kent Cliffs and Farmers Mills warning those along the way that the British were coming before returning home at dawn. A statue memorializing the female Paul Revere sits alongside Lake Gleneida.

Carmel was established by splitting from of the Town of Frederickstown, in 1795. (Patterson also split from Frederickstown the same year, the remnant of Frederickstown became known as Kent). Carmel was designated the county seat in 1812. In 1861, a small part of Carmel was taken to be added to the Town of Putnam Valleymarker.

Putnam County Courthouse

The historic Putnam County Courthouse is located on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel. It was built in 1814 and the jail was added in 1855. The building has a classical front facade. There was one hanging in 1844 and it is today the second oldest working courthouse in New York State. The new Putnam County Courthouse was completed in early 2008, and is located on Gleneida Ave nearby the historic courthouse.
Carmel High School

Carmel High School

Constructed in 1929, Carmel High School, which serves 1,843 students, is located on Fair Street across the street from the post office in the heart of town. The school has had three extensions, one in 1969, and another in 1980. A fourth extension has been finished being built and was slated to be completed during the summer of 2007, the new wing fully opened in September 2007. The new wing holds brand new science classrooms and a new library.

The high school girls' track team, the Carmel Rams, made history when it became just the fourth team in the nation to ever break nine minutes in the3200 meter relay and were crowned National Champions at the National Scholastic Indoor Championship in March 2007. The relay consisted of Kristin Reese, Caity Tully, Catherine DeSarle, and Ashley Maurer.[19151]

News & Events

  • July 29, 1933 - former professional Wrestler and Manager for the WWF, "Captain" Lou Albano resides.
  • July 29, 1971 - a category 2 tornado away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
  • Sept.1982-June 1983 - Carmel High School Boys Track "star", Mike Stahr, is ranked first in the USA for the mile. Losing only 1 high school track race during his Junior and Senior year. He set state records and was the Millrose mile winner two years in a row.
  • July 10, 1989 - a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado away from the Carmel city center traveled east across Fair Street near the King's Grant condos, injured five people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
  • August 22, 2000 - a 2.5 magnitude earthquake was felt. The epicenter was located approximately northeast of the town of Carmel. People were awakened mainly because of the loud noise as if their oil burner had exploded or there was a truck collision on a road near their house.
  • September 11, 2001 - eight Carmel residents were lost: Police Officer Stephen Patrick Driscoll, Firefighter Daniel Harlin, Firefighter Thomas Joseph Kuveikis, Firefighter Robert Minara, George Paris of Cantor Fitzgerald, Firefighter Christopher Blackwell, David Fodor of Fiduciary Trust, and Firefighter George Cain. The town has a memorial dedicated at Spain-Cornerstone Park on the corner of Fair Street and Route 52.
  • 2002 - a scene for the Adam Sandler movie "Mr. Deeds" was filmed at the Wendy's in the Putnam Plaza. Although most of the scene was edited from the film, they do show the helicopter sitting in the parking lot in the movie. Since then Wendy's burned to the ground in December 2006. It was recently rebuilt and reopened in September 2007.
  • 2006 - Carmel High School became the subject of news when there were altercations over football rivalries between students of Carmel and Mahopac. The events led to a few game cancellations, as many disagreements became bloody, and began to include adults as well as students.
  • April 27-28, 2007 - the town of Carmel hosted a two-day militia encampment along Lake Gleneida. The event celebrated the 230th anniversary of the heroism of Putnam County'smarker teenage Paul Revere, Sybil Ludington.
  • September 13, 2008 - in downtown Carmel near the high school was a bloody gang fight and three people were injured.


An Autumn view of Carmel on Route 6
Route 52 in Carmel, New York
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.7 square miles (105.4 km2), of which, 36.1 square miles (93.5 km2) of it is land and 4.6 square miles (11.9 km2) of it is water. The total area is 11.26% water.

The south town line is the border of Westchester Countymarker, New York. The town is located approximately fifty miles north of New York Citymarker (measured from Central Parkmarker) and approximately ten miles west of Danburymarker, Connecticutmarker.


  • Total Population: 36,465
  • Males, 52.6%; Females - 47.4%
  • Median Age: 32.1 years
  • By Race
    • White, 54.6%;
    • Hispanic, 24.4%,
    • Asian, 11.1%;
    • Black or African American, 9.9%;
    • Other Race, 1.0%

  • Average Household Size: 4.05
  • Median Household Income: $91,394 (2007)
  • Per Capita Income: $21,368 (2009)
  • High School Graduation Rate: 72.5%
  • College Graduation Rate: 23.9%
Source: US Census [19152]

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Communities and locations in Carmel

  • Baldwin Place – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Carmelmarker – The hamlet of Carmel is in the northeast corner of the town.
  • Carmel Hills – A hamlet south of Carmel village.
  • Crafts – once a hamlet of Carmel with its own Post Office, off of Drewville Road, south of Route 6, named after the Craft Family, descendants of Pilgrims.
  • Field Corners
  • Hopkins Corners
  • Houseman Corners
  • Mahopacmarker – A hamlet where the town government is located.
  • Mahopac Falls – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Mahopac Mines
  • Mahopac Point
  • McLaughlin Acres
  • Rock Hill Camp – A Girl Scout camp opened in 1922, located in Mahopac on Long Pond.
  • The Sedgewood Club – (Previously the Carmel Country Club) A private community with golf and tennis facilities near the Hamlet of Carmel,
  • Secor Corners
  • Stillwater – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Tilly Foster – A hamlet southeast of Carmel village near the east town line
  • West Mahopac – A hamlet near the west town line.
  • Most of the other towns in Putnam Countymarker send their students to the Carmel High School


The name of the hamlet/town is almost always pronounced "CAR-m'l", unlike many other Carmels in the United States, such as Carmelmarker, Californiamarker, which is "car-MEL". The hamlet of Mahopac is notoriously divided between "MAY-oh-pak" and "muh-HO-pak".


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