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Mamakating, New York
Downtown Bloomingburg
Downtown Bloomingburg
Location of Mamakating in Sullivan County, New York
Location of Mamakating in Sullivan County, New York
Country  United States
State  New York
County Sullivan
 • Total 98.67 sq mi (255.55 km2)
 • Land 96.11 sq mi (248.92 km2)
 • Water 2.56 sq mi (6.63 km2)
840 ft (256 m)
 • Total 12,655
 • Density 128.256/sq mi (49.5206/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 36-44809
GNIS feature ID 0979187
Website Mamakating, NY - Official town site:

Mamakating is a town in the southeastern section of Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 12,655 at the 2020 census.


The town of Mamakating was organized Dec 17th, 1743 and was the first township of Sullivan County. The first county seat was Bloomingburg; incorporated in 1833. According to historical records Johanis Hardenburgh, a resident of Kingston, N.Y., purchased a large tract of land known as the Hardenburgh Patent. This land and another patent known as the Minisink Patent were what is now most of Orange and Sullivan Counties. On December17th, 1743 a precinct was formed called Mamakating. Some say it was called Mamacotten. It included what is now all of Sullivan County but was still a part of Ulster County.

During the early and middle 18th century the construction of forts all along the Old Mine Road (today US 209) was necessary to protect the settlers from hostile Indians. There were three forts built in Mamakating. Fort Westbrookville was built in 1750 on what is now the Sullivan and Orange county border and until several years ago it was a restaurant. In 1757 a fort was built north of the village of Wurtsboro and it was called Fort Devans. A building was later added to make it larger and it is now owned by the operators of Wurtsboro Airport. Another fort was built on the east side of the Bloomingburgh Mountain. It was called Fort Roosa and was built in 1731. It is still standing and is considered the oldest building in Sullivan County. Many people traveling the old mine road from Kingston found land that was good for planting crops, plenty of game to hunt, streams filled with fish, and virgin trees to build homes. They decided that it was a good place to settle down and raise a family.

In 1788 Mamakating was reduced to its present size with the forming of Deerpark, Orange County in 1788. Lumberland was formed from Mamakating in 1798, Thompson in 1803 and part of Forestburgh in1837.

In 1788 the first school in Sullivan County was built in Bloomingburgh. In 1825 two brothers by the name of Wurts decided to build the Delaware and Hudson Canal. It carried coal from Pennsylvania to the people in New York City. The first canal boats loaded with coal arrived at the Hudson River in November 1828. On their return trip they brought back many of the things that were needed by the people of Sullivan County. By doing this, the canal made money each way on their trip. The D and H Canal helped bring prosperity to Mamakating and all of Sullivan County. In 1899 the railroad came and marked the beginning of the end for the D and H canal. In recent years there has been an effort by interested citizens of Sullivan County to save what is left of the D and H canal. There are many places where you can see what the D and H looked like. One is on the line between Summitville and Phillipsport where a lone stretch of the canal and the towpath, along with a dry-dock have been cleaned up. The county has posted signs explaining the various parts of the canal.

There are several historic places in Mamakating one of the most important is the grave of Manual Gonsalus, the first non-Indian settler. His tombstone is dated April 18, 1752, and is one of the oldest tombstones in the state. Other historic places are the Phillipsport United Methodist Church built in 1823 and the Bloomingburgh Reformed Church built in 1820 and now a county historic landmark. There is also an old cemetery located north of Wurtsboro called the Stanton Cemetery where many of the oldest settlers are buried. This is a popular place for genealogy hunters looking to locate links to their past. Up on the east mountain above the Wurtsboro airport there can still be seen the remains of the old lead mine. Some of the lead mined there was used to make the bullets used by the northern army during the civil war.

During the early 19th century there were several hundred tanneries in Sullivan county with several in Mamakating. The leather from these tanneries was of superior quality and during the civil war was used to make many of the boots, saddles and other leather goods used by the Union Army. In fact Mamakating tanneries, in the year 1850, produced 29,000 hides of leather from five water and horse powered tanneries.

The Town of Mamakating town board asked town co-historian John Masten if he would care to form a historical society in the town of Mamakating. They took ownership of the old school building in Summitville and completely renovated it. Masten eagerly accepted the offer and today the building has an archive room, a great meeting room with many pictures and histories of all the areas of Mamakating, and many artifacts of our area. The Historical Society has about 165 members.

The unique designation of "Mamacoots" has been invented locally referring to residents of Mamakating. It is a humorous combination of the original "Mamacotten" and the suffix "kuts."


The east town line is the border of Orange County and the north town line is the Ulster County line. US 209 passes through the town north-south, and NY 17 (the future Interstate 86) crosses east-west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 98.2 square miles (254 km2), of which, 95.9 square miles (248 km2) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) of it (2.37%) is water.

The highest elevation in the town is 1,648 feet (502 m), near the junction of Mamakating Avenue and Park Road in the Mamakating Park Historic District. The lowest elevation is 340 feet (100 m), at the tripoint with Orange and Ulster counties where the Bush Kill drains into the Shawangunkill.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 1,763
1820 2,762
1830 3,062 10.9%
1840 3,418 11.6%
1850 4,107 20.2%
1860 3,828 −6.8%
1870 4,866 27.1%
1880 3,845 −21.0%
1890 3,401 −11.5%
1900 3,128 −8.0%
1910 2,922 −6.6%
1920 2,395 −18.0%
1930 2,277 −4.9%
1940 2,407 5.7%
1950 2,632 9.3%
1960 3,356 27.5%
1970 4,319 28.7%
1980 7,717 78.7%
1990 9,792 26.9%
2000 11,004 12.4%
2010 12,085 9.8%
2020 12,655 4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,002 people, 4,153 households, and 2,936 families residing in the town. The population density was 114.7 people per square mile (44.3/km2). There were 5,629 housing units at an average density of 58.7 per square mile (22.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.96% white, 2.14% African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 0.89% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.77% of the population.

There were 4,153 households, out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was nearly about $41,726, and the median income for a family was $49,615. Males had a median income of $40,811 versus $28,329 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,451. About 7.2% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Mamakating

  • Bashakill – A marsh in the south part of the town.
  • Bloomingburg – The Village of Bloomingburg.
  • Burlingham – A hamlet by the east town line. The Hart House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
  • Culvertown – A hamlet by the west town line.
  • Haven – A community by the southeast town line.
  • High View – A location by Bloomingburg.
  • Mamakating Park – A community northeast of Wurtsboro village. Built in the 1890s as a resort community and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Mount Prosper – A hamlet west of Wurtsboro village.
  • Phillipsport – A hamlet north of Wurtsboro on Route 209.
  • Roosa Gap – A location west of Burlingham.
  • Spring Glen – Part of the Ulster County hamlet along Route 209 is in Mamakating
  • Summitville – A hamlet north of Wurtsboro on Route 209.
  • Winterton – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town.
  • Wurtsboro – The Village of Wurtsboro.
  • Wurtsboro Hills – A hamlet northwest of Wurtsboro village.
  • Wurtsboro-Sullivan County Airport (N82) – An airport north of Wurtsboro village.
  • Yankee Lake – A hamlet west of Wurtsboro village adjacent to a lake called "Yankee Lake."

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