Place:Fallsburg, Sullivan, New York, United States

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NameFallsburg
TypeTown
Coordinates41.717°N 74.6°W
Located inSullivan, New York, United States
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Fallsburg is a town in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The town is in the eastern part of the county. The population was 12,870 at the 2010 census.

History

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On March 9, 1826, the New York State Legislature passed an act establishing the Town of Fallsburg. The town was created from small parts of the already existing towns in the Thompson and Neversink areas. Fallsburg takes its name from a waterfall on the Neversink River and was established in 1826. One month later, on April 4, the first town meeting was held in the schoolhouse where the hamlet of Fallsburg is today.

The Neversink River runs from north to south through the Town of Fallsburg and played an important role in the town's early development. In the late 1780s, the valley above the falls in the Neversink River was known as having fertile and cheap land. This brought an influx of settlers from Ulster County. By 1800, the upper areas along the river were well settled by the people in the already existing towns and newcomers.

By this time, the region was primarily a farming community during the first part of the 1800s. Life during this time was frugal. The long haul over the mountains to Kingston prevented a lot of trade and it sometimes took 90 days for mail to read Fallsburg from Kingston. When the D & H canal opened in the area in 1828, it brought many changes. Now the nearest place to trade was Ellenville. Up until this time, Hasbrouck was the major known settlement in the area. The upper Neversink River between Woodbourne and Hasbrouck was the most settled because of the right flatlands that were found along the river. In the 1790s, there were a number of sawmills and gristmills that were built to further establish the area. The hamlet was a major business area for many years with a variety of shops and stores and its own post office in from 1846 to 1923.

The town is in the heart of a once popular predominately Jewish summer resort area known as the Catskills Borscht Belt.

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