New York

The town of Ulster is a northern and western suburb of Kingston. Its main communities are Lake Katrine and East Kingston.

Unadilla claims to be the home of the oldest continually operating Boy Scout Troop (#1, of course) in the U.S. The name of the town derives from an Indian word meaning "meeting place".

A group of 15 local men formed an organization called the Santa Claus Club in Valatie (Vuh-LAY-shuh) in 1946 to provide gifts to poor children in the area at Christmas.There are many such clubs now around the country. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas, whose 1897 letter to the New York Sun inspired the famous "Yes, Virginia" editorial, spent her retirement in Valatie and died here in 1971. The town was originally named Valatje, Dutch for "little falls".

John G. Borden, son of the inventor of condensed milk, established his "dream farm" in Wallkill, building a condensary that employed 200 workers. Borden eventually purchased 1500 acres, envisioning a park area where people could relax away from the hustle of life. The Borden home is now a private school.

Founded in 1810 by a French emigre, Brotherhood Winery is considered to be oldest such establishment in the US.

New York

Waterford's 1794 incorporation is said to be the oldest such legal action in the country. The town was named for a passage across the mouth of the Mohawk River between the mainland and Peebles Island.

A presidential proclamation in 1966 declared Waterloo to be the birthplace of the celebration of Memorial Day. This has been contested by several other towns.

Willsboro, settled in 1765 and named for its founder William Gilliland, lies on the shores of Lake Champlain. I believe they meant "founded" rather then "found".

Windham is a resort town in the northern Catskills.

Early development of a natural gas field led to the use of the fuel to light the town. Although not a large producer, the field continues to supply energy to the village. The AppleUmpkin Festival, held in the fall, began in 1986 to celebrate the harvest in the Town of Middlebury, in which Wyoming is located. The festival name was coined by founder Willa Bishop, noting the prevalence in the area of apple orchards and pumpkin patches.

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