Latitude: 42.5972

Longitude: -74.1236

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Berne, New York

The selectable maps and pictures on this page show data about Berne, New York. Berne is a town in Albany County, New York, United States. The population was 2,794 at the 2010 census. The town is at the west border of Albany County.


The town of Berne (originally spelled "Bern" until the Berne Post Office was established in the middle of the 19th Century) was created in 1795 from part of the town of Rensselaerville. In 1822 the north half of Berne was spun off to form the new town of Knox.

The earliest settlers were Palatine German refugees. Settlement began before 1750. At that time it was called Beaver Dam (also spelled Beaverdam). The settlers were actually squatters, since in the 18th and most of the 19th centuries, Berne was part of the Rensselaerswyck estate. The head of the Van Rensselaer family was the patroon who owned all the land on which the tenants in the Hudson Valley lived, and used feudal leases to maintain control of the region. Before the Revolutionary War, the patroons acted as feudal lords, with the right to make laws.

The massacre of the Dietz family in 1781 was the only Iroquois incursion in Beaver Dam during the American Revolution. During the War inhabitants fought on both sides of the conflict. Loyalists who supported the British left and went to Canada. Those who stayed and fought the British expected that if they won, they would either be released from their tenancy, or at the least, be allowed to purchase the land at fair market value. Instead, the new government of New York decided to honor the lease contracts of the patroons, who contributed heavily to the politicians.

The first mass meeting of tenant farmers leading to the Anti-Rent War was held in Berne on July 4, 1839. In January, 1845 one hundred and fifty delegates from eleven counties assembled in St. Paul's Lutheran Church to call for political action to redress their grievances.

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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 (0.99%) is water.

Here is a map of Berne. The west town line is the border of Schoharie County, New York.


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Close places of interest

Thompson's Lake State Park (8.87 km)

Thompson's Lake State Park is a state park located near East Berne, New York, in Albany County. The park offers a beach, a playground and playing fields, picnic tables, recreation programs, a nature trail, fishing and ice fishing, a boat launch, a dump station, campground for tents and trailers, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Located within the park boundaries is the Knox District School No. 5, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The park is adjacent to the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, which park users also have access to.

WXXA-TV (9.38 km)

WXXA-TV is the Fox-affiliated television station for Upstate New York's Capital District and Western New England. Licensed to Albany, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 7 (or virtual channel 23.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter in the Helderberg Escarpment southwest of New Scotland's Voorheesville section. Owned by Shield Media, WXXA is operated through joint sales and shared services agreements by Young Broadcasting. This makes it a sister outlet to ABC affiliate WTEN and the two outlets share studios on Northern Boulevard in Albany's Bishop's Gate section.

WVBG-LP (9.76 km)

WVBG-LP is an low-power television station that broadcasts on UHF channel 25 from the Pinnacle Campsite area on the Helderberg Escarpment. The station signed on in 1998 as an affiliate of UPN. However, in 2000, it would lose its affiliation to cable-only WEDG-TV, which would later go off-the-air in favor of WNYA. The station was forced to go independent, but later joined the Resort Sports Network, based in Portland, Maine.

WMHT (TV) (9.77 km)

WMHT is the PBS member station for the Capital District. Licensed to Schenectady, New York, it is owned and operated by WMHT Educational Telecommunications (formerly known as Mohawk-Hudson Council on Educational Television, Inc.) along with sister radio station WMHT-FM. Its transmitter is located in the Helderberg Mountains in New Scotland, while its studios are located in the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush (though the station's mailing address says Troy).

WMHT-FM (9.81 km)

WMHT-FM is the callsign of a classical music and NPR radio station licenced to Schenectady, New York, broadcasting on 89.1 MHz with 6,100 watts ERP from the Helderberg Mountains antenna farm in New Scotland, New York. It is sister station to WMHT, the PBS member station for the Albany/Schenectady/Troy market. WMHT-FM programming is also heard on a part-time basis on sister station WRHV-FM in Poughkeepsie, which is involved in one of the last timeshare arrangements in the United States alongside State University of New York at New Paltz-owned WFNP-FM.

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