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Copake, New York

The selectable images and aerial photographs further below illustrate material about Copake, New York. Copake is a town in Columbia County, United States. New York, United States. The population was 3,615 at the 2010 census. The town derives its name from a lake, which was known to the natives as Cook-pake, or Ack-kook-peek, meaning "Snake Pond." The town borders Taconic State Park.

The Town of Copake is on the south eastern border of the county.


Copake is part of the 1686 Taconic Grant to Robert Livingston for about of good land and of woodland. After it was purchased from the Indians it turned out to be and he established the English style Livingston Manor. The Manor extended well into what is now Massachusetts. The first lease given by Livingston in Copake was for about in 1687 to Matthews Abraham Van Deusen. Because New England claimed ownership west to the Hudson River a border dispute broke out. The Boston Bay Colony laid out three townships west of the Taconic Mountains in 1755. Most of the present Town of Copake was in one of the townships. New settlers were given free and some of Livingston’s tenants refused to pay rent. The border was settled in 1757 by the Lords Commissioners of Trade in London. Farmers west of the border continued to protest, however. In 1844 a rally organized by the Taconic Mutual Association took place in the center of the hamlet. After the rally the arrest of several of the leaders sparked wider protests. Eventually the Anti-Rent Party was formed in New York State and New York instituted land reform. The Anti-Rent Party called for a Homestead Act to develop the western land. It became part of the Republican Party and was important in the election of Lincoln in 1860. The Township of Copake was formed in 1824 by splitting it from the Town of Granger that was renamed Taghkanic. A former early industry was iron mining and smelting. Adjacent to the village of Copake Falls in Taconic State Park is the "Ore Pit", a former iron mine, now a deep swimming pond.

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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 (2.75%) is water.

The town is easily accessible from New York City via the Taconic State Parkway or NYS Route 22 and is a popular destination for second home owners escaping busy Manhattan. Metro-North Railroad is also located about 20 minutes south of the town with service to and from Grand Central Terminal.

The east town line is the border of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.


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Copake Lake, New York (2.83 km)

Copake Lake is a community (and census-designated place) in Southern Columbia County, New York, United States. The population was 823 at the 2010 census. Copake Lake census region is named after Copake Lake, a lake by the west town line of the Town of Copake. Copake means "snake pond" in the native language. Located about 95 miles north of New York City, Copake Lake has become one of the top second-home-buying markets in the New York City region as other expensive, overcrowded, New York second-home communities such as the Hamptons are slowly falling out of favor.

Craryville, New York (4.7 km)

Craryville is a hamlet in Columbia County, New York, United States. Its ZIP code is 12521. Education The Taconic Hills Central School District operates the following schools in Craryville: Taconic Hills High School Taconic Hills Middle School Taconic Hills Elementary School Recreation Copake Country Club Situated on overlooking Copake Lake with breathtaking views of the Berkshires and Catskills from every hole, Copake Country Club has offered an exceptional course to generations of golfers since 1921.

Bash Bish Falls (6.46 km)

Bash Bish Falls, a waterfall in Bash Bish Falls State Park in the Taconic Mountains of southwestern Massachusetts, US (Berkshire County, Berkshire Hills, the Berkshires), is the highest waterfall in the state. The falls are made up of a series of cascades, nearly in total, with the final cascade being split into twin falls by a jutting rock, dropping in an "V" over boulders to a serene pool below.

Taghkanic, New York (8.12 km)

Taghkanic is a town in Columbia County, New York, United States. The town is in the south-central part of the county. The population was 1,310 at the 2010 census. 'Taghkanic' is an older spelling of 'Taconic'. History Settlement began before 1700 while the region was part of Livingston Manor. The town was formed from the Town of Livingston in 1803 as the "Town of Granger." Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of, of which, of it is land and of it (0.32%) is water.

Catamount Ski Area (8.56 km)

Catamount Ski Area is a ski resort located on Mount Fray of the Taconic Mountains in Hillsdale, New York and South Egremont, Massachusetts. It is one of the few remaining family-owned ski areas in New England. Catamount is also one of the largest ski areas in the Berkshire/Taconic Mountains. History Catamount first opened for business in 1939 with three rope tows. Decades later, Bill Gilbert and Don Edwards took over management, purchasing Catamount in 1974. Since the change in ownership, many trails and lifts have been added.

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