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Boiceville is a hamlet in the town of Olive, Ulster County, New York, United States. Located at the intersection of New York State Route 28 and New York State Route 28A, Boiceville is within Catskill State Park.

Boiceville was named for Lemuel Boice (born in Shokan in 1819, died in Boiceville, 1899), who established a tannery in the town. Members of the Boice family owned tanneries, bluestone quarries, stores, farms, lumber businesses and mills in Olive for many years. Boiceville was relocated due to the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. The current commercial center of the town is subject to severe flooding during exceptionally powerful storms. Some businesses have accepted buyouts from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The future of others is in doubt.

The Emile Brunel Studio and Sculpture Garden was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Main attractions

The community is well known across the United States for their pumpkins, which attract a large number of visitors in the autumn months. However, in recent years, an invasion of chipmunks has impacted harvests, reducing total volumes available.

A recent solution has been found in Roger, a scarecrow of human like semblances that emits man-like sounds at low frequencies that scare away rodents.

Education

Onteora Central School District operates the public schools in Boiceville, including Onteora High School, Onteora Middle School, and Bennett Elementary School.

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