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Fultonville, New York
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Fultonville, New York is located in New York
Fultonville, New York
Fultonville, New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
County Montgomery
Area
 • Total 0.52 sq mi (1.35 km2)
 • Land 0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation
289 ft (88 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 784
 • Estimate 
(2019)
783
 • Density 1,641.51/sq mi (633.73/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
12016, 12072
Area code(s) 518 Exchange: 853
FIPS code 36-27859
GNIS feature ID 0950807


Fultonville Historic District
NRHP reference No. 100004242
Designated HD August 8, 2019

Fultonville is a village in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The village is named after Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat.

The Fultonville Village is on the south bank of the Mohawk River in the Town of Glen. It is west of Amsterdam, and is often referred to as South Fonda.

In 2019, the area of the village that had been in developed in the 19th and early 20th centuries was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Fultonville Historic District in recognition of its well-preserved architecture from its original settlement, the era centering around the development of the Erie Canal, and afterwards.

History

The first settlement on the site was made around 1750, and was called "Van Epps Swamp" due to the swampland by the river. Homes located here were burned during the American Revolution.

The village was founded around 1824 in anticipation of the opening of the Erie Canal.

Fultonville was incorporated as a village August 9, 1848. The original board of Trustees was:

  • Howland Fish - President
  • Andrew J Yates
  • William B Wemple
  • Thomas R Horton
  • Delancey D Starin

Current Trustees [2015-2019]

  • Linda Denton
  • Linda Petterson
  • Lou Romano
  • Robin Rose

Mayors of Fultonville

  • John Synder [1951-1957]
  • George Wadsworth [1987-1995]
  • Daniel Szabo [1995-2000] [Resigned]
  • Robert Headwell [2000-2017] [Resigned to Become District 4 Legislator]
  • George Donaldson [2017-3/31/17?][Acting]
  • Mayoral Election will be held on March 21 2017

Mayoral Elections:

  • 1995: George Wadsworth [R] 44.65% | Daniel Szabo [D] 55.35%
  • 1999: Daniel Szabo [D] 75.69% | Robert Headwell [R] 24.31%
  • 2000: Robert Headwell [R] 72% | John Synder [I] 28%
  • 2003: Robert Headwell [R] 100%
  • 2007: Robert Headwell [R] 100%
  • 2011: Robert Headwell [R] 75.99% | Ryan Wietz [FF, Fultonville's Future] 24.01
  • 2015: Robert Headwell [R] 100%

George Donaldson (incumbent) is known as a "Fultonville insider", due to his family's past ownership of Philbrooks Pharmacy. Donaldson is also an outspoken member of NAMBLA and supported the proposed highway that would cut truck traffic through Fonda. Donaldson was quoted in the February 21st 2016 edition of the Recorder as saying "If you are going through hell, keep going" in response to Fonda and the heated rivalry between the two villages.

2016 US presidential Election Results

  • Clinton(D)-144 27.61%
  • Trump(R)-352 66.88%
  • Johnson(L)-18 3.42%
  • Stein(G)-11 2.09%

At the time of incorporation, the village's population numbered 630. In 1875 the population had increased to 1220.

Poplar Mist Boat Tours

Starting in 1991 and commencing operations in 1993, The Poplar Hotel/Restaurant offered a two and a half hour boat trip down the Mohawk River on a 102-passenger boat from mid-May through mid-October. Current efforts are underway to revive the Poplar Mist, by the current property owners BTA.

Cobblestone Hall and Free Library

Cobblestone Hall and Free Library
Cobblestone Hall and Free Library

Cobblestone Hall and Free Library was built sometime before 1868 when it was the house of C.B. Freeman. Freeman was proprietor of Fultonville Steam Mills. He lived at this residence until at least 1878 when F.W. Beers published a history of Montgomery and Fulton Counties. By 1905, a large wooden addition had been made to the rear of the building and was then called "Cobblestone Free Hall and Library." The building still stands, minus the addition, and is a private residence.

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Geography

Fultonville is located at 42°56′48″N 74°22′10″W / 42.94667°N 74.36944°W / 42.94667; -74.36944 (42.946764, -74.369395).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (7.69%) is water.

The village is on the south bank of the Mohawk River with the Village of Fonda on the opposite shore, linked by a bridge carrying NY-30A. The Mohawk River is part of the Erie Canal at this location.

The New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) passes through the community. New York State Route 5S (Maple Avenue), parallels the Thruway and intersects New York State Route 30A (Main Street) in Fultonville.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,117
1880 881 −21.1%
1890 1,122 27.4%
1900 977 −12.9%
1910 812 −16.9%
1920 869 7.0%
1930 831 −4.4%
1940 806 −3.0%
1950 840 4.2%
1960 815 −3.0%
1970 812 −0.4%
1980 777 −4.3%
1990 748 −3.7%
2000 710 −5.1%
2010 784 10.4%
2019 (est.) 783 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 710 people, 279 households, and 191 families resided in the village. The population density was 1,590.0 people per square mile (571.1/km2). The 309 housing units create an average density of 642.8 per square mile (248.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 99.00% White, 1.00% Latino. A total of 99.52% spoke English, 0.36% spoke German and 0.12% spoke Polish.

33.0% of households had children under age 18 living with them. 44.4% were married couples living together. 17.6% had a female householder with no husband present. 31.2% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of single individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone aged 65+. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.96.

27.7% were under age 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65+. The median age was 35. For every 100 females, the village hosted 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median household income was $32,361, and the median family income was $34,167. Males had a median income of $30,500 versus $20,909 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,283. About 3.4% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

Schools

Fultonville area residents attend the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District, located in Fonda, New York.

Houses of worship

  • Fultonville Reformed Church
  • Fonda-Fultonville United Methodist Church [No longer in use due to fire 3/14/17
  • Calvary Baptist Church [No Longer in Use]

Cemeteries

  • Maple Avenue Cemetery - Est. 1874
  • Old Fultonville Cemetery


Education

Fultonville area residents attend the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District, located in Fonda.

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