Place:Fishkill (town), Dutchess, New York, United States


NameFishkill (town)
Alt namesFishkill
Coordinates41.533°N 73.883°W
Located inDutchess, New York, United States     (1788 - )
Contained Places
First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church Cemetery
Former village
Matteawan ( - 1913 )
Inhabited place
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Fishkill is a town in the southwest part of Dutchess County, New York, United States. It lies approximately north of New York City. The population was 22,107 at the 2010 census. Fishkill surrounds the city of Beacon.

The town of Fishkill contains a village, which is also named Fishkill. The name derives from the Dutch vis kill, meaning "fish creek".

The location of Fishkill was known as Tioranda by the Native American peoples. The name means "The place where two waters meet".


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In 1683 New York City merchants Francis Rombouts and Gulian Verplanck purchased in Dutchess County from the Wappinger confederacy of Native Americans for a quantity of goods including rum, powder, and tobacco. In 1685 it was granted as the royal Rombout Patent. Neither ever lived on the land, intending to use it only for fur trading. The first white settlers were Rombout's daughter, Catharyna, and her husband, Roger Brett, who built a mill at the mouth of Fishkill Creek as it flows into the Hudson River.

Fishkill played an important role in the American Revolutionary War when a huge military encampment was established one mile (1.6 km) south of the village of Fishkill to guard the mountain pass to the south. Signal fires lay in readiness on tops of the surrounding mountains. The Fishkill encampment became the main supply depot for the northern department of the Continental Army. The first copies of the New York State Constitution were printed at Fishkill in 1777.[1]

In the 19th century mills and factories sprang up in Glenham and Matteawan, bringing an influx of skilled weavers from the British Isles. The healthy economy came to an end in the post–Civil War depression, and the once thriving factories fell into decay. In 1931, Texaco purchased the old woolen mill site and established a research center there. Today, the town's industry is mostly technology based.[1]

In 1996, the animal rights group PETA suggested the town change its name to something less suggestive of violence toward fish. The town declined.

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