Ancram, New York

The maps and aerial photographs within this page illustrate facts related to Ancram, New York. Ancram, New York is a town in Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 1,573 at the 2010 census. The town was named after a location in Scotland.

The Town of Ancram is in the eastern part of the county.


Originally part of the Land Grant to the Livingston family, this area on the Roeliff-Jansen Kill was originally called "Livingston Forge" after the iron foundry on the river. Throughout the eighteenth century. the Livingston forge created metal products for the community, and the town was sometimes known as "Scotchtown" due to the immigrants of Scottish ancestry who flocked there. As the Revolution drew near, the factory produced shot, cannonballs, and perhaps most importantly, the chain which stretched across the Hudson River at West Point.

After the Revolution, the town was established from part of the Town of Livingston in 1803, but was then called the "Town of Gallatin." In 1814, the name was changed to "Ancram," after the town in Scotland where the Livingstons had their origins. Part of Ancram was taken to form a new Town of Gallatin in 1830.

Mining of iron and lead was important in the early economy, and the town of Ancramdale was originally known as "Ancram Lead Mines".

The hamlet of Boston Corners was formerly part of the town of Mount Washington, Massachusetts, and was annexed to Ancram on April 13, 1857.


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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of, of which is land and (0.44%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Massachusetts and Dutchess County, New York. The south town line also borders Dutchess County.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,513 people, 595 households, and 430 families residing in the town. The population density was 35.5 people per square mile (13.7/km²). There were 823 housing units at an average density of 19.3 per square mile (7.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.69% White, 1.06% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.13% Asian, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 595 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.91.

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