Washingtonville, New York


Washingtonville, New York
Downtown Washingtonville
Downtown Washingtonville
Location in Orange County and the state of New York.
Location in Orange County and the state of New York.
Washingtonville, New York is located in New York
Washingtonville, New York
Washingtonville, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 41°25′40″N 74°09′58″W / 41.42778°N 74.16611°W / 41.42778; -74.16611Coordinates: 41°25′40″N 74°09′58″W / 41.42778°N 74.16611°W / 41.42778; -74.16611
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
TownBlooming Grove
 • Total2.54 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 • Land2.54 sq mi (6.6 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
305 ft (93 m)
 • Total5,899
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,300/sq mi (890/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-78465[2]
GNIS feature ID968876[3]

Washingtonville is a village in the Town of Blooming Grove, Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 5,899 at the 2010 census. It is part of the PoughkeepsieNewburghMiddletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New YorkNewarkBridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. The village is named in honor of George Washington.


The Moffat Library, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by Samuel Moffat's son David as a gift to his hometown
The former Washingtonville station in 2015

Washingtonville was first settled in 1731. The village maintained a slow but steady growth during the second half of the 18th century. In 1809, John Jaques, a boot and shoemaker, set up his shop in this tiny settlement of nine houses, then known as "Little York." In 1839 he established Brotherhood Winery, now the oldest continuously operating winery in the United States.[4]

In its earlier years, Washingtonville was called "Matthews Field," even before it was known as Little York. A part of the Rip Van Dam patent, it was sold to Vincent Matthews in 1721. Matthews was the first white European settler of the region. Its earliest known inhabitant was an Indian by the name of Moringamus, whose wigwam or tepee was once pitched in back of where the Coleman bottled-gas plant is located now.

Samuel Moffat built a trading post on the village square in 1811 at the junction of the New Windsor and Blooming Grove Turnpike with the Goshen Road. His son David later endowed Moffat Library on the spot. The hamlet began to prosper with a tannery, grist and plaster mills. A hotel was needed and Samuel Moffat built his Washington Tavern in 1818. The same year Samuel and John Jaques bestowed the village with a new name, Washingtonville, in honor of the late general and first president of the United States. George Washington was said to have come through and watered his horse at the trough which had been located under an elm tree in the center of the village.

Washingtonville grew after 1850, when the New York, Lake Erie and Western Railway built its branch through the village. Incorporated in 1895, the village had become an important dairying center where two creameries, Borden's (later used as a bus garage for the Washingtonville Central School District) and the Farmers Cooperative Market on South Street, several groceries, a bank, feed and lumber dealers, wagon shops, furniture makers and a hub shop all prospered. Its greatest growth in that time occurred in the seventh and eighth decades.

C.R. Shons opened up a cooperative on Depot Street and also had a large orchard on Goshen Avenue. Thomas Fulton's grist mill was destroyed by fire in the early 1900s. Hugh Lunney had his slaughterhouse on Goshen Avenue, near where the Spear Printing Company plant was, and also had a large ice house beside the point to Coopers Creek, harvesting ice for commercial use from the pond in the winter.

Borden's Creamery maintained a bottling plant and its refrigerator cars, loaded with milk, were shipped to Greycourt (Harriman) on either the Erie freight or passenger runs. This firm cut its ice from the small pond south of its creamery, storing it in the ice house on the east side of the plant.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.54 square miles (6.6 km2), all of it land.[1]

Washingtonville is at the junction of highways NY-94 and NY-208.

The village developed on each side of Moodna Creek, a tributary of the Hudson River. It is prone to seasonal flooding.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20185,758[5]−2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,899 people, 2,177 households, and 1,514 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,300.2 people per square mile (889.4/km²). There were 2,044 housing units at an average density of 803.6 per square mile (310.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 80.30% white, 8.22% African American, 0.46% Native American, 2.51% Asian, 6.15% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.27% of the population.

There were 2,177 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.2% had a male householder with no wife present and 30.5% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.32.

In the village, the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 20 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 30.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $62,568, and the median income for a family was $69,145. Males had a median income of $57,552 versus $39,958 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,036. About 1.6% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.


Washingtonville Central School District is made up of five schools; Washingtonville High School, Washingtonville Middle School, Little Britain Elementary School, Taft Elementary School, and Round Hill Elementary School.[7]

Completed in 1933, the current Washingtonville Middle School housed all the grades of Kindergarten through 12th grade. Little Britain was adjacent to Stewart Air Force Base, and was only for children whose parents were in the military. The air base has long since been closed, but military personnel are still housed in new housing units located just west of Little Britain Elementary. The high school has undergone several renovations, the last completed in 2010. In addition to adding on classrooms, three computer labs were also added, including a Mac Lab.[citation needed]

The district's sports teams are the Washingtonville Wizards, and the mascot portrayed on murals and other artwork at the high school is named Merlin.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Washingtonville village, New York". www.census.gov. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Washingtonville
  4. ^ "About Washingtonville". Village of Washingtonville. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Our Schools". Washingtonville Central School District. Retrieved February 5, 2018.

External links

  • Village of Washingtonville, NY
  • Washingtonville, NY 9/11 Memorial