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New Windsor, New York
""Location in Orange County and the state of New York.
Location in "Orange County and the state of "New York.
""New Windsor, New York is located in New York
New Windsor, New York
New Windsor, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 41°28′18″N 74°4′33″W / 41.47167°N 74.07583°W / 41.47167; -74.07583
"Country United States
"State "New York
"County "Orange
 • Total 37.06 sq mi (95.99 km2)
 • Land 34.08 sq mi (88.26 km2)
 • Water 2.99 sq mi (7.73 km2)
Elevation 512 ft (156 m)
Population ("2010)
 • Total 25,244
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 27,272
 • Density 800.28/sq mi (308.99/km2)
"Time zone "Eastern (EST) ("UTC-5)
 • Summer ("DST) EDT ("UTC-4)
"ZIP code 12553
"Area code(s) "845
"FIPS code 36-50848
"GNIS feature ID 0979274

New Windsor is a "town in "Orange County, "New York, United States. The Town of New Windsor is in the eastern part of the county, bordering the "Town of Newburgh and the "City of Newburgh. The population was estimated at 25,244 in 2010 by the US Census.

The "National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located on Route 300 in the Town of New Windsor.



The region was originally inhabited by the "Munsee people, part of the "Lenape confederation. The first "European settlers were colonists from "Scotland who arrived in 1685. The Town of New Windsor was created in 1763.

Early history[edit]

Settlement rights in the area that now encompasses the town were obtained from the Munsee by Governor "Thomas Dongan, who encouraged the settlement of a party of Scottish colonists led by David Toshack, the "Laird of "Monzievaird, and his brother-in-law Major Patrick McGregorie. They arrived in 1685 and settled in the area overlooking the "Hudson River near "Moodna Creek. McGregorie is said to have built a cabin north of the creek on Conwanham's Hill at Plum Point, while Toshack set up a trading post south of the creek on Sloop Hill. In June 1685, Governor Dongan appointed McGregorie Muster-Master of Militia for the City and Province of New York.[3]

A rival claim was obtained in 1694 by Captain John Evans of HMS Richmond, who was granted powers and privileges as "lord of the manor. The next governor, the "Earl of Bellomont, decided that this was unfair to the settlers, and had the Evans grant annulled in 1699.[3] An additional patent of 1,000 acres was issued in 1709 to William Chambers and William Southerland.[4] Around 1709, the portion of the town nearest the Hudson River was organized under the Precinct of the Highlands ("Ulster County), remaining thus until 1743. In 1762, separate precincts were created for the Town of New Windsor and Newburgh.[5]

The name of the town is from "Windsor, England, with the New being prefixed. By whom this was conferred cannot be ascertained, but first appears in 1728 records of the London "Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts". Among one of the earliest roads was the King's Highway, later known as "the Goshen Road", which ran north and south.[5] Among the early residents of the town was William Ellison who kept as early as 1732 kept a store and owned sloops that sailed from New Windsor to New York. Captains James and William Jackson also owned their own sloops.[6]

American Revolutionary War[edit]

During much of the "Revolutionary War, New Windsor served as the major depot for the Continental Army and Army Medical Dept. The majority of Town residents supported the war efforts and its leaders.

In October 1782, the troops began to arrive and set up tents, while they began building their huts. This encampment or cantonment covered 1600 acres (6.5 km2) and quartered 6000–8000 men, women and children from New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maryland. Here this army built a log city of over 700 huts for the soldiers and many other outbuildings, guardhouses, blacksmith shops, a stable, kitchens, and a hospital. In addition, a long building called the "Temple" was constructed. It was proposed by Rev. Israel Evans, Chaplain to the Army, that a structure be built for religious services. The building also served a general meeting hall. Upon its completion, the officers held a ball.[6]

In order to reward the fidelity and faithfulness of soldiers, Gen. Washington ordered the establishment of an honor, the Badge of Merit, to be bestowed on them. Today, this honor is known as the Purple Heart.

In an effort to preserve this encampment, the Town of New Windsor acquired a 167-acre (0.68 km2) tract consisting of much of the former hut sites. Since 1936, the Town of New Windsor and the membership of the National Temple Hill Association have striven to ensure the preservation of this, the final winter encampment.


The Little Britain Presbyterian Church was organized by Irish and Scottish immigrants. The first church building was constructed in 1765 used by the Continentals as a hospital. This was subsequently destroyed by fire and a new structure was erected in 1807.[4]

In 1814, the town was divided into nine school districts. The first school was a one-room schoolhouse built on Quassaick Avenue in 1841. Epiphany Apostolic College was founded in 1925. The site is now owned by the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.

Between about 1858 to 1859 the Palmer and Longking company operated on the Quassaick Creek the first large scale factory for the manufacture of "bellows-box" "daguerreotype cameras. The factory, on the site of Sterrit's former pin factory, had approximately thirty-five employees.[7][8] The building was later converted to a flour mill and subsequently burned down.

Historical sites[edit]

Knox's Headquarters
Edmonston House



According to the "United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.0 square miles (95.9 km2). 34.8 square miles (90.1 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (6.03%) is water.

The east town line, marked by the "Hudson River, is the border of "Dutchess County, New York. Part of the north town line borders the "City of Newburgh. The remainder of the north town line is with the "Town of Newburgh and the "Town of Montgomery.

"Interstate 87, the New York State Thruway, is a major north-south highway. "NY-207 is an east-west state highway.

Communities and locations[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
"1790 1,819
"1800 2,001 10.0%
"1810 2,331 16.5%
"1820 2,425 4.0%
"1830 2,310 −4.7%
"1840 2,482 7.4%
"1850 2,457 −1.0%
"1860 2,452 −0.2%
"1870 2,482 1.2%
"1880 2,576 3.8%
"1890 2,621 1.7%
"1900 2,392 −8.7%
"1910 2,667 11.5%
"1920 2,984 11.9%
"1930 3,126 4.8%
"1940 3,765 20.4%
"1950 5,100 35.5%
"1960 11,908 133.5%
"1970 16,650 39.8%
"1980 19,534 17.3%
"1990 22,937 17.4%
"2000 27,568 20.2%
"2010 25,244 −8.4%
Est. 2016 27,272 [2] 8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the "census of 2000, there were 22,866 people, 8,396 households, and 6,078 families residing in the town. The "population density was 657.4 people per square mile (253.8/km2). There were 8,759 housing units at an average density of 97.2 persons/km² (251.8 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the town was 84.72% White, 6.76% "African American, 0.27% "Native American, 1.73% "Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.17% from other races, and 2.30% from two or more races. 11.10% of the population were "Hispanic or "Latino of any race.

There were 8,396 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were "married couples living together, 10.2% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 27.6% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $51,113, and the median income for a family was $58,292. Males had a median income of $34,283 versus $30,044 for females. The "per capita income for the town was $22,806. 5.9% of the population and 1.03% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 52.8% are under the age of 18 and 7.5% are 65 or older.


New Windsor has a "Dfa "Köppen climate classification (Humid Continental: Hot Summer subtype). It is situated in the temperate region of the northern hemisphere and has four distinct "seasons.


New Windsor is served by the school systems of the three nearby districts: Cornwall, Newburgh, and Washingtonville. The majority of school-age children attend Newburgh schools, with a split in the subdivisions near Vails Gate (Butterhill, Forest Glen, The Reserve) between Newburgh and Cornwall. Far-southwestern New Windsor is served by Washingtonville.

Children in the New Windsor area attend a number of schools, including: Butterhill Day School (PK–K), Children S Country School (private, PK–4), "Cornwall Central High School (public, 9–12), "Newburgh Free Academy (public, 9-12), Heritage Junior High School (public, 6–8), Little Britain Elementary School (public, K–5), Little Harvard School (private, PK–K), McQuade Children's Services Kaplan Campus School (private, 2–11), New Windsor School (public, K–5), St. Joseph School (private, K–8), Temple Hill School (public, K–8), Vails Gate High Technology Magnet School (public, K–5), Windsor Academy (private, PK–3), Willow Avenue Elementary School (public, K–4), Lee Road (public, K–4), Cornwall Central Middle School (public, 5–8) and Woodland Montessori School (private, PK–8). Yeshiva Ohr Naftoli (private, 9–12 and undergraduate) is located in town, but the student body is from out of town, housed in a dormitory.


Little Britain Road is one of the oldest in the Town.[5]

"Stewart International Airport is located partially in New Windsor and partially in the "Town of Newburgh.[13][14] Formerly Stewart Air Force Base, the airport is named after Capt. Lachlan Stewart, who skippered schooners and other sailing vessels about 1850–1870. Stewart was also a lumber merchant and later retired to a dairy farm. In 1930, his grandson, Thomas Archibald ("Archie") Stewart, persuaded his uncle, Samuel L. Stewart, to donate land at "Stoney Lonesome", to the city of Newburgh for an airport.[15]

Stewart continued as part of the Strategic Air Command until the late 1960s or early 1970s when the Air Force turned the base over to the MTA for use as a cargo facility. The grand plan to create a jetport lead to the acquisition of over 8000 acres (32 km2) of the present day buffer zone and the loss of many early farms and structures. During the late 1980s, through the efforts of the late State Senator Schermerhorn, the airport passed into the hands of the NY State Dept. of Transportation. Today, Stewart International in addition to its civilian capability, is the home base of the NY Air National Guard and United States Marine Corps Reserve MAG-49 Detachment Bravo.

There is a new entrance to Stewart International Airport, via "New York State Route 747. Now for the first time, the airport can be accessed directly from the Interstates without encountering local traffic on the state roads.

Notable people[edit]



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  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Skeel, Adelaide, and Barclay, David. Major Patrick MacGregorie, (1900)
  4. ^ a b c d Gorse, C. A., "Town of New Windsor", The History of Orange County, New York, (Russel Headley, ed.), Van Deusen and Elms, Middletown, New York, 1908
  5. ^ a b c Ruttenbur, Edward. M., History of the Town of New Windsor, Orange County, N.Y., Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, Newburgh, 1911
  6. ^ a b c Eager, Samuel W., An Outline History of Orange County, S. T. Callahan, Newburgh, 1846
  7. ^ Wilensky, Stuart. "The Men, The Camera and Their Factory", Photographica, 1981
  8. ^ Ruttenbur, p.221.
  9. ^ "Schlesingers Steak House – History". Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "History". Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
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  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Newburgh town, Orange County, New York Archived 2011-02-27 at the "Wayback Machine.." "U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 2, 2011.
  14. ^ "New Windsor town, Orange County, New York Archived 2011-02-27 at the "Wayback Machine.." "U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 2, 2011.
  15. ^ "History – About the Airport – Stewart International Airport – Port Authority of New York & New Jersey". Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  16. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 
  17. ^ a b c "Town of New Windsor, New York > About > Town Historian > Famous Sons". Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  18. ^ Letter from George Washington to Colonel James Clinton, 20 June 1776 US National Archives. Retrieved November 17, 2013
  19. ^ "History", ENAP

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