Kent is a town in Putnam
The population was 14,009 at the 2000
census. The name is that of an early settler family. The town is
the north-central part of the Putnam County. Many of the lakes are
reservoirs for New York City.
Kent was part of the Philipse Patent
of 1679, when it was still populated by the Wappinger
, (1724-1778) was the last chief of the Wappingers and
was the most prominent Native American
time in the Hudson Valley
The town was first settled by Europeans around 1750 by Zachariah
Merritt. It was a part of the Frederickstown Precinct which was
chartered in 1772, the rest of Frederickstown consisting of the
future towns of Carmel and Patterson. Other early family names were
Townsend, Smalley, Kent, Dykeman, Barrett, Cole, Boyd, Wixon,
Farrington, Burton, Carter, and Ludington
The present day intersection of I-84
and Ludingtonville Road was the
home of Col. Henry Ludington and his daughter Sybil
, who rode 40 miles one night in 1777
to call up her father's militia during the American Revolutionary War
Ludingtonville was named in her
honor and a statue of her stands on the shores of Lake Gleneida across from the Putnam County
When the towns of Carmel and Patterson were split from
Frederickstown in 1795, the remnant, constituting the current Kent,
was established as the "Town of Frederick." Until 1812 it was part
The town's name was changed to "Kent" in
small portion of the Town of Philipstown was transferred to Kent in 1877.
population center of the township is Lake
Carmel, a settlement around an artificial lake (also known
as "Lake Carmel") developed in the 1920s.
population centers had been Farmer's Mills and Ludingtonville,
little of which remain. The town is served by the Carmel Central
School District and, for the majority of residents, by the Carmel
Post Office under the name Kent Lakes (because another community
upstate has a post office called Kent).
Kent is home to the 80' Mt. Ninham Fire Tower, located in the
Taconic Hills. Built by the State of New York and the CCC in 1940,
it is the tallest remaining fire tower in NY State and appears on
the National Historic Lookout Register.
A house on Horse Pound Road in Kent,
to the United States Census
, the town has a total area of 43.2 square miles
(111.8 km²), of which, 40.6 square miles (105.2 km²)
of it is land and 2.5 square miles (6.6 km²) of it
(5.88%) is water.
town line is the border of Dutchess County. Kent sits high on the spectacular Hudson Highlands sixty miles north of
City in the north central portion of Putnam
County. Within the borders are two State Parks:
Wonder Lake in the east and Fahnestock in the west, a portion of the Appalachian National Scenic
Trail, and thousands of acres of spectacular open spaces under
the permanent protection of the NYC Department of
Kent is home to a number of lakes which were once the domain of
summer visitors but now have become year-round communities.
Sagamore Lake, Kentwood Lake, Lake Tibet, China Lake, Palmer Lake
and White Pond.
also home to a number of reservoirs that supply water to New York City and Westchester County and consequently a large portion of the land has
been purchased for conservation by New York City through the
Watershed Preservation Program. The reservoirs
include Boyd's Corners and West Branch, with the former being the
east of Hudson terminus of the Catskill/Delaware system and a vastly important link
in the NYC water
Taconic State Parkway
through the town.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 14,009
people, 4,868 households, and 3,748 families residing in the town.
The population density
people per square mile (133.1/km²). There were 5,353 housing units
at an average density of 131.8/sq mi (50.9/km²). The racial
makeup of the town was 93.81% White
, 1.41% African American
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 1.81% from
, and 1.57%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 5.77% of the
There were 4,868 households out of which 38.3% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples
living together, 9.0% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 23.0% were non-families.
17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age
of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to
64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $72,346, and the
median income for a family was $79,716. Males had a median income
of $51,634 versus $38,575 for females. The per capita income
for the town was
$29,984. About 4.2% of families and 4.1% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 4.6%
of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in Kent
- Allen Corners – A hamlet in the
northwest part of the town.
- Berkshire Terrace – A hamlet in the north part of the
- Camp Hines
- Carmel Park Estates
- Clear Pool Camp
- Clarence Fahnestock State
Park – A state park in the
west part of the town.
- Farmers Mills – A hamlet in the northwest part of the
- Gypsy Trail
- Lake Carmel – A hamlet in the south part of the
- Kent Cliffs
- Kent Corners – A hamlet north of Lake Carmel village.
- Kent Hills – A hamlet south of Ludingtonville.
- Ludingtonville – A hamlet near the north town line.
- Meads Corners
- Ninham Fire Tower – Tallest Historic Fire Tower in NY
- Wonder Lake State
- Yale Corners
- The 1866 Beers map http://www.hyzercreek.com/Kent.jpg