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Kerhonkson

Formerly known as Middleport
Center of town along Route 209
Center of town along Route 209
Nickname(s): 
K-Town; The Kerhamptons
Location in Ulster County and the state of New York.
Location in Ulster County and the state of New York.
Country United States
State New York
Region Hudson Valley
County Ulster
Area
 • Total 5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
Elevation
262 ft (80 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,684
 • Density 317.7/sq mi (122.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Postal code
12446
Area code(s) 845
Website www.townofrochester.net

Kerhonkson is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 1,684 at the 2010 census.

The Kerhonkson CDP is an urban concentration that straddles the border of the town of Rochester and the town of Wawarsing, with the larger portion in Rochester. US 209 is the hamlet's main artery. The western terminus of US 44 / NY 55 is at Route 209 in the Wawarsing portion of the Kerhonkson CDP. The U.S. Postal Service Zip Code of Kerhonkson (12446) covers a much larger area of the town of Rochester, as well as part of Wawarsing and a small area of the town of Olive.

Kerhonkson Elementary School is one of two elementary schools in the Rondout Valley Central School District. Soyuzivka, a Ukrainian resort and cultural center, is within the Kerhonkson Zip Code, in the town of Warwarsing.

Geography

Kerhonkson is located at 41°46′28″N 74°17′51″W / 41.774485°N 74.297480°W / 41.774485; -74.297480.

It is located in the Shawangunk Mountains, famous for the rock climbing and biodiversity of the Shawangunk Ridge.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2), all land.

Demography

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,684 people, 684 households, and 433 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 317.7 per square mile (120.3/km2). There were 857 housing units at an average density of 161.7/sq mi (61.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.6% White, 1.8% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.8% of the population.

There were 684 households, out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no spouse present, 6.6% had a male householder with no spouse present, and 36.7% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 26.4% under the age of 19, 6.1% from 20 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.

As of 2016 the median income for a household in the CDP was $41,541 and the median income for a family was $53,423. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,964. As of 2000 6.4% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over. Males had a median income of $32,008 versus $24,412 for females.

History

Before the burning of Kingston on October 12, 1777 all the important documents and government officials were moved to Kerhonkson, remaining for two weeks until they were moved to Albany.

Kerhonkson is also the site of a colonial fort that protected the early settlers from Indian attacks. The fort was located on Deyo's Hill.

Peg Leg Bates owned and operated The Peg Leg Bates Country Club in Kerhonkson, New York, from 1951 to 1987. This made Bates the first black resort owner in Ulster County in the Catskill Mountains, the famous Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies.

Congregation Tifereth Yehuda Veyisroel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

World records

Kerhonkson contained what was once the world's largest garden gnome, constructed in 2005; it is situated on Route 209 in front of Kelder's Farm and is named Gnome Chomsky. There are two other, larger gnomes that now hold the distinction of being the world's largest.


Local sports

Kerhonkson has hosted a baseball Little League, Indian Valley Little League, since 1953. Indian Valley won the 2017 District 16 championship, defeating Rondout Valley Little League. More recently Indian Valley removed its longtime mascot, Chief Wahoo, from signs, shirts, hats, website, and Facebook for its racial insensitivity.

The local swim team, the Kerhonkson Barracudas, are based out of the Kerhonkson Elementary School pool and compete against other local teams in the summer.

Notable inhabitants

  • Edward Aldwell - music theorist, pianist, and pedagogue
  • Peg Leg Bates - entertainer
  • Noel King - broadcast journalist, formerly with NPR's Morning Edition
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