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Kent is a town in Putnam Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. 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 Citymarker.


Kent was part of the Philipse Patent of 1679, when it was still populated by the Wappinger tribe. Daniel Nimham, (1724-1778) was the last chief of the Wappingers and was the most prominent Native American of his 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 Gleneidamarker across from the Putnam County Courthouse.

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 of Dutchess Countymarker. The town's name was changed to "Kent" in 1817. A small portion of the Town of Philipstownmarker was transferred to Kent in 1877.

The major population center of the township is Lake Carmelmarker, a settlement around an artificial lake (also known as "Lake Carmel") developed in the 1920s. Historically the population centers had been Farmer's Mills and Ludingtonville, little of which remain. The town is served by the Carmelmarker 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, NY
to the United States Census Bureau, 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.

The north town line is the border of Dutchess Countymarker. Kent sits high on the spectacular Hudson Highlands sixty miles north of New York Citymarker in the north central portion of Putnam Countymarker. 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 NYCmarker Department of Environmental Protection.

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.

Kent is also home to a number of reservoirs that supply water to New York Citymarker and Westchester Countymarker 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 NYCmarker water supply.

Interstate 84 and the Taconic State Parkway pass 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 was 344.8 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, 0.14% Native American, 1.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.77% of the population.

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 town.
  • Camp Hines
  • Carmel Park Estates
  • Clear Pool Camp
  • Clarence Fahnestock State Parkmarker – A state park in the west part of the town.
  • Farmers Mills – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
  • Gypsy Trail
  • Lake Carmelmarker – A hamlet in the south part of the town.
  • 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 State
  • Richardsville
  • Wonder Lake State Park
  • Yale Corners


  1. The 1866 Beers map

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