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Milan ( , not like the city in Italymarker) is a town in Dutchess Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The Town of Milan is in the northern part of the county.


The area that comprises Milan today was the western part of the Little Nine Partners Patent of 1706.The area was first settled around 1760 when Johannes Rowe, the son of a Palatine immigrant, bought from Robert Livingston. He built a stone house around 1766 which remained just under 200 years and is now gone (see photo to right and external links).

Milan was established from part of the Town of North Eastmarker on March 6 (sometimes shown as March 10) 1818. The session laws stated that the first town meeting would be held the first Tuesday of April and was at the home of Stephen Thorne who was elected Town Supervisor along with John F. Bartlett, Town Clerk.

Milan was largely a farming and mill town giving birth to its name today . Known by many as the "Mill Lands" for its rolling farmland and numerous gristmills. The main thoroughfare for the community ran from the Hudson River to Salisbury, CTmarker. and travelers referred to the road as the "turnpike" it later became recognized as the Salisbury Turnpike and sections of the road still exist today and bear that name.

The early population peaked in 1840 at 1,745 residents and went into decline until 1930 with only 622 residents. It was the influence of the railroad and the move to river cities and the west that caused the decline. Also, Milan's soil was hilly and rocky and tough to farm. During the Great Depression, these poor farming conditions led to instances of starvation and disease in the town. The town was quarantined for six months in 1934 due to an outbreak of smallpox, which was exacerbated by the difficulty of a small community in obtaining the vaccine during this period. Then following the 1930s the population grew again, due in part to the construction of the Taconic Parkway which ended in Milan at the time, and then the post World War II boom. The 1840 population level was reached again in 1980, some 140 years later.

From the 1980s to the turn of the new century population has had moderate growth.

Sources: US Federal Census Records; "History of Dutchess County New York," James H. Smith, 1882, D. Mason & Co. publisher; "History of Little Nine Partners," Isaac Huntting, 1897.

Lafayetteville 1918
1766 Johannes Rowe House, photographed 1940, now gone.
Formerly on Rowe Road


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.3 square miles (94.0 km²), of which, 36.1 square miles (93.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.52%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Columbia Countymarker, New Yorkmarker.

The Taconic State Parkway passes along the eastern part of the town.


The 2000 Census was corrected due to an error in the total population count of Milan. Corrected population counts result from a process called the Count Question Resolution Program. Milan's total population in 2000 was 2,356, not 4,559 as originally reported. Due to the original error in total population, The US Census Bureau corrected four categories; Total Population, Total Housing Units, Vacant Housing Units and Group Quarters Population. They failed to correct any other data rendering the 2000 Census useless for demographic study. The resulting demographic data cited below is from the 2000 Census with almost all of it being incorrect.

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,559 people, 882 households, and 612 families residing in the town. The population density was 126.3 people per square mile (48.8/km²). There were 1,090 housing units at an average density of 30.2/sq mi (11.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 60.63% White, 27.22% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 9.87% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.68% of the population.

There were 882 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 14.2% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 49.8% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 299.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 364.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $54,491, and the median income for a family was $65,250. Males had a median income of $26,473 versus $27,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,002. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Milan

  • Jackson Corners – In the northeast part of town on the Roeliff Jansen Kill. Jackson Corners Post Office ran from 1835 to 1860 and 1862 to 1930. In 1840 had one Church and 25 houses.
  • Lafayetteville – A hamlet east of Milan village, formerly called Lafayetter Corners. It was named after the Marquis de Lafayette, who visited the area in 1824. The Post Office ran from 1849 to 1903.
  • Milanville – Location of the "Milan" Post Office from 1818 to 1908 and located at the junction of Salisbury Turnkpike and Milan Hollow Road this area is now known as "Case's Corner" after Rensselaer Case.
  • Rock City – A hamlet west of Milan village had a grist and saw mill and 20 houses in 1840. It was formerly Travers Mill. Post Office ran from 1835 to 1904.
  • Shookville – A former community in the northwest part of the town founded by Jacob Shook. Post Office ran from 1827 to 1835.


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