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Carmel, New York
Carmel Hamlet seen from Lake Gleneida to the west
Carmel Hamlet seen from Lake Gleneida to the west
Location of Carmel, New York
Location of Carmel, New York
Country United States
State New York
County Putnam
 • Total 40.69 sq mi (105.39 km2)
 • Land 35.91 sq mi (93.00 km2)
 • Water 4.79 sq mi (12.40 km2)  11.26%
646 ft (197 m)
 • Total 34,305
 • Estimate 
 • Density 953.99/sq mi (368.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
10512 & 10541
Area code(s) 845 Exchanges: 225,228
FIPS code 36-12529
GNIS feature ID 0978793

Carmel (pronounced) is a town in Putnam County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 34,305.

The Town of Carmel is on the southern border of Putnam County, abutting Westchester County, approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City and 10 miles (16 km) west of Danbury, Connecticut. It has no incorporated villages, although the hamlets of Carmel and Mahopac each have populations sizable enough to be considered villages.


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The statue of Sybil Ludington on Gleneida Avenue
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The original 1814 Putnam County Courthouse

The town was settled around 1740 by George Hughson. On the night of April 26, 1777, after learning the news that the British had begun burning nearby Danbury, Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode her horse, Star, the entire night through the hamlets of Carmel, Mahopac, Kent Cliffs and Farmers Mills, warning those along the way that the British were coming before returning home at dawn. A statue memorializing the "female Paul Revere" sits alongside Lake Gleneida

Carmel was established by splitting from the town of Frederickstown in 1795. Patterson also split from Frederickstown the same year, and the remnant of Frederickstown became known as Kent. Carmel was designated the county seat in 1812. In 1861, a small part of Carmel was taken to be added to the town of Putnam Valley.

Putnam County Courthouse

The Putnam County Courthouse was built in 1814. It is the second oldest working courthouse in New York State. A landmark on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel, the building has a classical front facade. There was one hanging there in 1844. A jail was added in 1855. A new Putnam County Courthouse was completed in early 2008, located nearby on Gleneida Avenue.

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Carmel High School

Significant events

  • December 4, 1965 – Two passenger planes collided in mid-air killing four people.
  • July 29, 1971 – A category 2 tornado 1.9 miles (3.1 km) away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
  • September 1982 – June 1983 – Carmel High School Boys Track star Mike Stahr is ranked first in the USA for the mile run, losing only one high school track race during his junior and senior year. He set state records and was the Millrose mile winner two years in a row.
  • July 10, 1989 – A category 2 (max. wind speeds 113–157 mph) tornado 0.7 miles (1.1 km) away from the Carmel town center traveled east across Fair Street near the King's Grant condos, injured five people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
  • September 11, 2001 – eight Carmel residents died in the September 11 terrorist attacks: Police Officer Stephen Patrick Driscoll, Firefighter Daniel Harlin, Firefighter Thomas Joseph Kuveikis, Firefighter Robert Minara, George Paris of Cantor Fitzgerald, Firefighter Christopher Blackwell, David Fodor of Fiduciary Trust, and Firefighter George Cain. The town has a memorial dedicated at Spain-Cornerstone Park on the corner of Fair Street and Route 52.
  • 2002 – A scene for the Adam Sandler movie Mr. Deeds was filmed at the Wendy's in the Putnam Plaza. Although most of the scene was edited from the film, they do show the helicopter sitting in the parking lot in the movie.
  • April 27–28, 2007 – The Town of Carmel hosted a two-day militia encampment along Lake Gleneida. The event celebrated the 230th anniversary of the heroism of Sybil Ludington.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.7 square miles (105 km2), of which 36.1 square miles (93 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) is water. The total area is 11.26% water.

The south town line is the border of Westchester County, New York. The town is located approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City (measured from Central Park) and approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of Danbury, Connecticut.

Notable sites and organizations

  • Arms Acres is a 129-bed residential alcoholism and substance abuse treatment facility founded in 1982 by American philanthropist Winifred Arms, situated on a 54-acre (220,000 m2) site also on Seminary Hill Road.
  • Centennial Golf Club is a 27-hole championship course on 340 acres (1.4 km2), located on John Simpson Road.
  • Gilead Cemetery has marked gravestones dating back to 1766, and was a principal burying ground to the community throughout the nineteenth century, including that of Enoch Crosby, a Revolutionary War soldier
  • Putnam Hospital Center, which opened in 1964, is a 164-bed not-for-profit acute care hospital on Stoneleigh Avenue.
  • Reed Memorial Library was dedicated in 1914 and was built by Arrietta Crane Reed in memory of her late husband, William Belden Reed. It sits at the intersection of Routes 6 and 52.
  • Smalley's Inn & Restaurant, originally built in 1852 by Colonel Thomas Taylor, is located on Route 52 (Gleneida Avenue).
  • The 9/11 Memorial at Spain-Cornerstone Park on the corner of Fair Street and Route 52 dedicated to the eight Carmel residents who died in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

Communities and locations in Carmel

  • Baldwin Place – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Carmel – A hamlet in the northeast corner of the town and home to the seat of Putnam County.
  • Carmel Hills – A hamlet south of Carmel village.
  • Crafts – once a hamlet of Carmel with its own Post Office, off of Drewville Road, south of Route 6, named after the Craft Family, descendants of Pilgrims.
  • Field Corners
  • Hopkins Corners
  • Houseman Corners
  • Mahopac – A hamlet where the town government is located.
  • Mahopac Falls – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Mahopac Mines – Abandoned mines on the east side of town near the old Ames building.
  • Mahopac Point – The eastern-most section of Carmel
  • McLaughlin Acres
  • Rock Hill Camp – A Girl Scout camp opened in 1922, located in Mahopac on Long Pond.
  • The Sedgewood Club – (Previously the Carmel Country Club) A private community with golf and tennis facilities near the Hamlet of Carmel,
  • Secor Corners
  • Stillwater – A hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • Tilly Foster – A hamlet southeast of Carmel village near the east town line


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.) 34,255
U.S. Decennial Census
  • Total Population: 33,196
  • Males, 49.0%; Females – 51.0%
  • Median Age: 40.1 years
  • By Race
    • White, 90.5%
    • Hispanic (of any race), 8.0%
    • Asian, 3.0%
    • Black or African American, 1.0%
    • Other Race, 2.7%
  • Average Household Size: 2.99
  • Median Household Income: $105,406 (2015)
  • Per Capita Income: $42,034 (2015)
  • High School Graduation Rate: 94.1%
  • College Graduation Rate: 42.1%

Source: US Census


The Town of Carmel is served primarily by two school districts:

Carmel Central School District

Carmel Central School District encompasses 85 square miles and serves approximately 5000 students from six different towns. The district enrolls students from the town of Kent, as well as parts of the towns of Carmel, Putnam Valley, Patterson, Southeast and East Fishkill.

George Fischer Middle School is Carmel's primary middle school. Built in 1963, it was named after a former school board member, George F. Fischer. It contains a large number of students (1,000+), and contains grades 5–8. It is notable for its music program.

Constructed in 1929, Carmel High School, which serves 1,843 students, is located on Fair Street across the street from the post office in the heart of town. The original building had four additions, including one built in 1936 with money from the New Deal, one in 1969, one in 1980, and one in 2007, which holds science classrooms and a library.

St. James the Apostle is a Catholic elementary school in Carmel that opened in 1954.

Mahopac Central School District

Mahopac Central School District has 6 public schools serving 4,138 students in Mahopac, New York.

It is divided into five schools: three K-5 schools (Lakeview Elementary School, Fulmar Road Elementary School, and Austin Road Elementary School), a middle school for grades 6-8 (Mahopac Middle School) and a high school for grades 9-12 (Mahopac High School). A nursery school is operated by the district at the Mahopac Falls school.

Historically, Mahopac had five one-room school houses that were united into one central school (now Lakeview Elementary School) in 1935.

St. John the Evangelist was a Catholic elementary school in Mahopac from 1955 until its closing in 2011. The school building remains with the active Church across the street from Lake Mahopac.

Notable people

  • Lou Albano ("Captain Lou"), professional wrestler/manager
  • Nancy Allen, classical harpist
  • William Francis Bailey, Wisconsin politician and judge
  • Bob May, actor and stuntman, best remembered for playing The Robot on the 1965-68 television series Lost in Space
  • Leo Burmester, stage and television actor
  • Daniel Drew, businessman, developer and financier
  • Dave Fleming ("Mr. Mahopac"), professional baseball pitcher
  • Daniel Gutman (1901-1993), lawyer, state senator, state assemblyman, president justice of the municipal court, and law school dean.
  • Ryan Kelly (born 1991), professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets
  • Larry Laoretti, professional golfer
  • Lewis Ludington, businessman, lumber baron, and real estate developer.
  • Caleb McLaughlin, star of Stranger Things
  • Tom Newton, running back for the New York Jets
  • Jim Ryan, former Good Day New York anchor
  • Amedee J. Van Beuren, film producer
  • Sabrina Vega (born 1995), USA Gymnastics Senior National Team member

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