Saugerties (village), New York

Saugerties (/ˈsɔːɡərtz/) is a village in Ulster County, New York, United States.

Saugerties, New York
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Location in Ulster County and the state of New York.
Location in Ulster County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°4′35″N 73°57′1″W / 42.07639°N 73.95028°W / 42.07639; -73.95028Coordinates: 42°4′35″N 73°57′1″W / 42.07639°N 73.95028°W / 42.07639; -73.95028
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total2.26 sq mi (5.85 km2)
 • Land1.78 sq mi (4.62 km2)
 • Water0.48 sq mi (1.23 km2)
154 ft (47 m)
 • Total3,971
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,134.53/sq mi (824.37/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-65288
GNIS feature ID0964502

The Village of Saugerties is located on the west bank of the Hudson River, at the mouth of the Esopus Creek. It is in the eastern part of the Town of Saugerties. U.S. Route 9W and New York State Route 32 pass through the village, converging at its center and overlapping to the south. These routes parallel the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87), which passes through the town a mile west of the village.


In the 1650s, Barent Cornelis Volge operated a sawmill on the Sawyer's Kill, supplying lumber for the manor of Rensselaerswick. He had secured a title from the Esopus Sachem to this land sometime before 1663. The name Saugerties derives from "Zagertje", which means "Little Sawyer" in Dutch.[3]

Circa 1685, George Meals and Richard Hayes purchased land on both sides of the Esopus Creek where it enters the Hudson River. Within two years, they sold the riverfront land to Barent Burhans, a miller whose granddaughter's husband, John Brink Jr., established a ferry across the river to Clermont, the seat of the Lower Livingston Manor.[4]

John Persen was an early mill owner. He had both a sawmill and a gristmill; he also operated a ferry crossing the river to the east shore. He built the Mynderse House around 1685.[4]

During the American Revolution, a British naval squadron lay at anchor at Saugerties from October 18–22, 1777, while raiding parties burned the Livingston estates of Clermont and Belvedere, across the Hudson River. Some of Benjamin Snyder's sloops were burned in Saugerties harbor as well.[4]

The village was incorporated in 1831 as "Ulster," but it changed its name to "Saugerties" in 1855.

Historical sitesEdit


Saugerties is located at 42°4′34″N 73°57′0″W / 42.07611°N 73.95000°W / 42.07611; -73.95000 (42.076282, -73.950219).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km2), of which 1.8 square miles (4.8 km2) is land and 0.4 square mile (1.1 km2) (19.30%) is water.

The village is on the west bank of the Hudson River, where the Esopus Creek enters the Hudson.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,808[2]−4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

The population was 3,971 at the 2010 census. As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 1,663 households, and 967 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,699.7 people per square mile (1,039.7/km2). There were 1,887 housing units at an average density of 1,028.1 per square mile (396.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 79.88% White, 12.15% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 5.13% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.85% of the population.

There were 1,663 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 19.9% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 37.7% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 140.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 148.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $35,525, and the median income for a family was $49,063. Males had a median income of $35,204 versus $23,333 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,900. About 8.8% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 8.7% o those age 65 or over.


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York operates Catholic schools in Ulster County. St. Mary of the Snow School in Saugerties was founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1881. It closed in 2013.[8] In 1995 the school had 153 students, while in 1999 it had 227 students; principal Christine Molinelli stated that she was able to successfully campaign to increase the enrollment in the 1990s. There were 89 students in 2013.[9] Father Chris Berean stated that he had been able to convince 14 families to send their children to St. Mary of the Snow in 2013. St. Mary of the Snow was one of about twenty schools closed by the archdiocese.[10]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Francis Dolan Collins, U.S. Congressman for Pennsylvania's 11th district from 1875 to 1879
  • Jimmy Fallon, actor and comedian, was raised in Saugerties after being born in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Irving Fisher, hailed as "the greatest economist the United States has ever produced," was born in Saugerties.
  • Anton Myrer, novelist[11]
  • Col. (Ret) Roger Donlon, the first Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War, was born and raised in Saugerties.
  • Joe Sinnott, comic book artist, was born in Saugerties and lived there most of his life.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Discover Saugerties", Saugerties Chamber of Commerce
  4. ^ a b c "History", Village of Saugerties
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ Otterman, Sharon (2013-01-23). "New York Archdiocese to Close 24 Schools". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  9. ^ Zangla, Ariel (2013-06-20). "St. Mary of the Snow School in Saugerties brings 132 years of history to a close". Daily Freeman. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  10. ^ Dendism William (2013-01-22). "St. Mary of the Snow School in Saugerties will close". HV1. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  11. ^ Gussow, Mel (23 January 1996). "Anton Myrer, 73, Whose Novels Focused on War and Nostalgia". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 September 2018.

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