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Tannersville, Up-State New York
"The Painted Village in the Sky"
Tannersville, New York is located in New York
Tannersville, New York
Tannersville, New York
Location in New York
Tannersville, New York is located in the United States
Tannersville, New York
Tannersville, New York
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Greene
Town Hunter
 • Total 1.20 sq mi (3.10 km2)
 • Land 1.16 sq mi (3.01 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
1,900 ft (579 m)
 • Total 539
 • Estimate 
 • Density 443.30/sq mi (171.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
12424, 12485
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-73143
GNIS feature ID 0967045

Tannersville is a village in Greene County, New York, United States. The village is in the north-central part of the town of Hunter on Route 23A. The population was 539 at the 2010 census, up from 448 in 2000.


The village was founded around lumber mills and tanneries. It was incorporated in 1895.

Tannersville's tanning business collapsed in the mid-19th century. It was gradually replaced by the summer resort trade, which reached its peak in 1882 when the railroad came to Tannersville. However, the rise of the automobile in the early 20th century led to a steady economic decline, as travelers were no longer rooted to one spot for an entire summer.

Due to its close proximity to Hunter Mountain ski area, it serves as the local commercial district, with inns, restaurants, and shopping.

Tannersville has experienced a revival in the 21st century. This can be attributed largely to the efforts of the Hunter Foundation. For example, the foundation has implemented the town-wide "Paint Program" — the vision of Elena Patterson, a local artist — with the help and support of Glenn Weyant who was the mayor at the time, corporate sponsors, and local residents. The Paint Project involves painting downtown buildings in multicolored pastels, often with cartoon-like pictures on the shutters. It has attracted waves of tourists who come to see the dramatic paint schemes. The project prompted much attention when it was publicized in The New York Times in 2003. The project was also featured on NBC's Today show, on CNBC, and on all three of the local Albany-based television networks.

Tannersville is experiencing an influx of tourists from both the New York and other areas, who are attracted to its abundant hiking trails, waterfalls, and old-time charm.

The Tannersville Main Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 2008. Other NRHP listed buildings are All Souls Church and Hathaway.


Tannersville is located in southern Greene County at 42°11′37″N 74°8′20″W / 42.19361°N 74.13889°W / 42.19361; -74.13889 (42.193619, -74.139011), in the northern part of the town of Hunter. It is situated at an elevation of 1,900 feet (580 m) in the Catskill Mountains just west of the height of land on New York State Route 23A: Sawmill Creek flows southwest through the center of the village into Gooseberry Creek and thence into Schoharie Creek, a north-flowing tributary of the Mohawk River, while just 2 miles (3 km) to the east, at Haines Falls, Kaaterskill Creek drops east into Kaaterskill Clove and thence into the Hudson River valley.

NY 23A is Tannersville's Main Street, leading east 16 miles (26 km) to Catskill and west 4 miles (6 km) to Hunter village.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Tannersville has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which 1.2 square miles (3.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 2.73%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 593
1910 660 11.3%
1920 597 −9.5%
1930 656 9.9%
1940 640 −2.4%
1950 639 −0.2%
1960 580 −9.2%
1970 650 12.1%
1980 685 5.4%
1990 465 −32.1%
2000 448 −3.7%
2010 539 20.3%
2019 (est.) 516 −4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 448 people, 216 households, and 114 families residing in the village. The population density was 402.4 people per square mile (155.8/km2). There were 505 housing units at an average density of 453.6 per square mile (175.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.09% White, 0.89% African American, 0.22% Asian, 0.67% from other races, and 3.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.90% of the population.

There were 216 households, out of which 20.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.8% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 19.4% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $28,500, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $27,708 versus $27,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,318. About 10.7% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest

  • Mountain Top Arboretum
  • Huckleberry Rail Trail

Notable people

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