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Red Hook is a town in Dutchess Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was reported to be 10,408 during the 2000 census. The name is supposedly derived by the red foliage on trees on a small strip of land in the river. The town contains two villages, one also named Red Hookmarker and another one named Tivolimarker. The town is in the northwest part of Dutchess County. US 9 passes through the town.

Bard Collegemarker is in the hamlet of Annandale-on-Hudsonmarker within the town of Red Hook. The Unification Theological Seminary is in the hamlet of Barrytown, also within the town of Red Hook.


The region was settled in the late 1600s under the Schuyler Patent. The land was stolen from local natives who could not read the Dutch written deed. Prior to 1812, Red Hook was part of the Town of Rhinebeck. Because Rhinebeck, as well other towns, had populations over 5,000 residents, the Albany Legislature authorized the separation of these two precincts on June 12 to accommodate and encourage public attendance at town meetings via horseback or carriage. The first documented Town of Red Hook meeting was on April 6, 1813 in a local inn and held yearly afterwards as required by law. Wealthy landowning farmers oversaw the maintenance of their assigned roads with the help of their farm workers and neighbors. The Red Hook Society for the Apprehension and Detention of Horse Thieves is thought to be one of the oldest formal organizations in the state and still holds an annual meeting.


The town of Red Hook has a central school district that consists of over 700 students at the high school, and the elementary and middle schools are growing in population each year. The elementary school is for grades Kindergarten to 5th, the middle school educates grades 6-8, and the high school holds grades 9-12. The high school is ranked Class A for soccer, basketball, softball and baseball and is Class B for all other sports and is located in the Section 9 district. In the past fall season 5 of their 8 sports teams won Section Nine titles. Recently, their 4x8 relay team took 2nd place, claiming runner-up status at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Meet. The Basketball team is the one of the best in Section 9. The Varsity Golf team is coached by Mr. James Armstrong.

In 2006, Red Hook's varsity volleyball team won the Mid-Hudson Athletic League, and Section IX championships. That same year, the team participated in the NYSPHSAA state championships, finishing in third place in the class B division. In 2007, the team were once again Mid-Hudson Athletic League champions and Section IX champions, this time finishing in second at the NYSPHAA state championships. In 2008 and 2009 the Red Hook Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Team won the Section IX Championship twice in a row, earning the title in only the second and third year since the program's creation.

Red Hook High School was ranked at #280 among the thousands of high schools across the country by Newsweek. Over 80% of its graduates go on to two and four year colleges.

School Grades
Mill Road Elementary School K to 5th
Linden Avenue Middle School 6th to 8th
Red Hook High School 9th to 12th


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.1 square miles (103.9 km²), of which, 36.7 square miles (95.1 km²) of it is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²) of it (8.48%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Columbia Countymarker, New Yorkmarker. The west town line is the border of Ulster Countymarker, New Yorkmarker and is defined by the Hudson River.


As of the census of 2000, there were 10,408 people, 3,574 households, and 2,473 families residing in the town. The population density was 283.6 people per square mile (109.5/km²). There were 3,840 housing units at an average density of 104.6/sq mi (40.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.20% White, 1.44% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.65% of the population.

There were 3,574 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 15.0% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $46,701, and the median income for a family was $57,473. Males had a median income of $42,099 versus $26,694 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,410. About 5.0% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in the Town of Red Hook

  • Annandale-on-Hudsonmarker – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town by the Hudson River. Because this community does not have a well-developed business district, students of Bard College often use the Villages of Tivolimarker and downtown Red Hook as "college towns."
  • Barrytown – A hamlet south of Annandale-on-Hudson. The north junction of NY 9G and NY 199 is known as Barrytown Corners.
  • Cokertown – A hamlet in the northeast part of the town, located on County Route 56.
  • College Park – A housing development east of Bard College.
  • Fraleighs – A hamlet in the eastern part of the town.
  • Kerleys Corners – A hamlet near the north town line at the junction of US 9 and County Route 78.
  • Linden Acresmarker – A housing development northwest of Red Hook village.
  • Red Hookmarker – The Village of Red Hook.
  • Red Hook Mills – A hamlet north of Red Hook village.
  • Spring Lakes – A small hamlet along County Route 55.
  • Tivolimarker – The Village of Tivoli is in the northwest part of the town by the Hudson River. The West side of NY 9G is Tivoli, while the east is still considered the town of Red Hook.
  • Upper Red Hook – A hamlet north of Red Hook village.

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Red Hook include:


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