Latitude: 42.3203

Longitude: -73.5211

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Austerlitz, New York

The clickable images and pictures within this page illustrate data related to Austerlitz, New York. Austerlitz is a town in Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 1,654 at the 2010 census. The town was named after the Battle of Austerlitz.

The Town of Austerlitz is in the east part of Columbia County.


Ellis, Capt. Franklin, "History of Columbia County, New York", (1878), page 381

The town was organized from parts of the towns of Hillsdale, Chatham, and Canaan, March 28, 1818. A little more than one-fifteenth of the present town was taken from Chatham, a little over one-eighth from Canaan, and a little less than five-sixths from Hillsdale. From the fact that among the first settlers there were no less than twelve families of Spencers, the north part of Hillsdale and been known from the first as "Spencer's-town." This name finally attached itself simply to the village, and when the division of the town was being talked up it was proposed to call the new town "New Ulm." When the bill erecting it passed the Legislature, however, Martin Van Buren, then a State Senator, and who, being an ardent admirer of the great Napoleon, was somewhat incensed at one of his political opponents (Elisha Williams, if we mistake not), who had succeeded in having a town in Seneca county christened "Waterloo," leaped to his feet and moved to amend by calling the new town "Austerlitz." Having carried his point, he retired to his seat, saying "There's an Austerlitz for your Waterloo."

Past residents of note

Edna St. Vincent Millay, pulitzer-prize winning poet, lived at Steepletop, a more than property that had previously been a farm. Her sister, Norma, inherited the property at Millay's death in 1950. Norma and her husband, Charles Ellis, in 1973 founded a non-profit artist residency program, Millay Colony for the Arts and deeded a small portion of the land to the organization. In 1978, Norma created the non-profit organization, The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society that now oversees the house and remainder of the property. Tours are available. visit: for information.


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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of, of which, of it is land and of it (0.20%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Massachusetts.

The Taconic State Parkway crosses the northwest corner of the town.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,453 people, 620 households, and 427 families residing in the town. The population density was 29.8 people per square mile (11.5/km²). There were 906 housing units at an average density of 18.6 per square mile (7.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.45% White, 0.83% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.76% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

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Close places of interest

St. Peter's Presbyterian Church (2.08 km)

St. Peter's Presbyterian Church is located at the junction of New York State Route 203 and South Street (Columbia County Route 7) in Spencertown, New York, United States. It is a tall frame building in a style similar to those found in New England, the native region of many of the area's original 18th century settlers. Just to its east is Spencertown Cemetery, with graves dating to 1760, shortly after the area was settled and the congregation formed. The church was built in 1771, across the road from where it now stands. It was moved to its present location and expanded slightly in 1826.

Millay Colony for the Arts (6.57 km)

The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artist residency program in Austerlitz, New York. The colony offers one month residencies to visual artists, writers, poets and composers. The Millay Colony for the Arts was founded in 1973 by Norma Millay Ellis, sister of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and her husband, Charles Frederick Ellis, a painter and actor. The colony is located at Steepletop, the property where the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950) lived and wrote for 25 years. Residents are given a bedroom and studio in the Steepletop Barn or Main Building.

Ghent (CDP), New York (7.93 km)

Ghent is a census-designated place (CDP) in Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 564 at the 2010 census. The community is located in the northeast part of the town of Ghent, northeast of the city of Hudson. Ghent was originally the site of a Mahican Native American village known as Squampamock, Scom-pa-muck, or Squampanoc. Geography Ghent is located at (42.329228, -73.616596). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all land.

Chatham (village), New York (7.96 km)

Chatham is a village in Columbia County, New York, USA. The population was 1,770 at the 2010 census. The Village of Chatham is in the Town of Chatham and the Town of Ghent. The village is at the junction of Routes 66 and 203. History The village was incorporated in 1869. Chatham was originally named Groats Corners. The village is the home of the 1814 Blinn-Pulver Farmhouse. Chatham hosts a variety of attractions, such as the Crandell Theater, which shows many popular movies at very reasonable prices.

Bolboparia (9.04 km)

Bolboparia is an extinct genus from a well-known class of fossil marine arthropods, the trilobites. It lived during the late Lower Cambrian in what are today Canada and the United States. Taxonomy Bolboparia is most closely related to Acidiscus and slightly more distantly to Stigmadiscus. Description Like all Agnostida, Bolboparia is diminuative and the headshield (or cephalon) and tailshield (or pygidium) are of approximately the same size (or isopygous) and outline. Like all Weymouthiidae, Bolboparia lacks eyes and rupture lines (or sutures).

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