Livingston Manor, New York

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Livingston Manor
CDP and Hamlet
Downtown Livingston Manor, NY.jpg
View north along Main Street
Name origin: From Livingston family
CountryUSA
StateNew York
RegionCatskills
CountySullivan
TownRockland
RiverWillowemoc Creek
Elevation1,401 ft (427 m)
Coordinates41°43′46″N 74°49′38″W / 41.72944°N 74.82722°W / 41.72944; -74.82722
Area3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
Population1,221 (2010)
TimezoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code12758
Area code845
Exchange439
FIPS code36-42928
GNIS feature ID0955750
U.S. Census map of Livingston Manor
Location of Livingston Manor within New York
Wikimedia Commons: Livingston Manor, New York
 
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Coordinates: 41°43′46″N 74°49′38″W / 41.72944°N 74.82722°W / 41.72944; -74.82722
Livingston Manor
CDP and Hamlet
Downtown Livingston Manor, NY.jpg
View north along Main Street
Name origin: From Livingston family
CountryUSA
StateNew York
RegionCatskills
CountySullivan
TownRockland
RiverWillowemoc Creek
Elevation1,401 ft (427 m)
Coordinates41°43′46″N 74°49′38″W / 41.72944°N 74.82722°W / 41.72944; -74.82722
Area3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
Population1,221 (2010)
TimezoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code12758
Area code845
Exchange439
FIPS code36-42928
GNIS feature ID0955750
U.S. Census map of Livingston Manor
Location of Livingston Manor within New York
Wikimedia Commons: Livingston Manor, New York

Livingston Manor is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 1,221 at the 2010 census.

Livingston Manor is in the south part of the Town of Rockland, adjacent to New York State Route 17.

History[edit]

Main Street, from a postcard mailed in 1909

The community capitalizes on the illustrious Livingston Manor name because [Livingston family] members and descendants had a house there. However it was not part of the original manor which was about 60 miles (97 km) east in Dutchess and Columbia Counties.

The Sullivan County community was part of the Hardenbergh patent in 1716 which included much of the Catskill Mountains.

In 1750 Robert Livingston (1708–1790) bought 95,000 acres (380 km2) in the area shortly after becoming the third (and final) Lord of the Manor of Livingston Manor. Most of the land would be sold or leased by 1780. Robert's third son John Robert Livingston (1775–1851)[1] deeded 8,441 acres (34.16 km2) to his nephew Dr. Edward R. Livingston in 1822 around area then called Purvis, New York.

Edward died in 1864 and Purvis was renamed Livingston Manor in 1882.[2] Edward's "manor" according to a sign in the village was on the site of the present village firehouse.[2] however other speculation says the house was on the location of the Rockland, New York Town Hall.[3]

There was another group of originals that that he moved in on. They were the Bentons. Originally from Ireland, the Bentons took on many jobs in the Sullivan County.

The Agudas Achim Synagogue was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[4]

Birthplace of Fly Fishing in the United States[edit]

The area lays claim to being the "birthplace of fly-fishing in the United States"[5] largely because of trout fishing on the 27-mile (43 km)-long Willowemoc Creek which flows between it and Roscoe, New York, where it intersects the Beaver Kill.

Willowemoc Creek as it enters Livingston Manor

All of the stocked fish (1 million pounds each year) for the Catskills as well all the reservoirs in the New York City water supply come from the Catskill Fish Hatchery just northeast of Livingston Manor in DeBruce, New York.[6]

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum is on the north edge of the town on the Willowemoc.

Since 2004, the community has sponsored an annual Trout Parade (organized by the Catskill Art Society and the Chamber of Commerce) which has been compared to the Mermaid Parade.[5]



Education[edit]

Livingston Manor Central School District manages the public schools in the township. They consist of Livingston Manor Central School (middle and high school) and Livingston Manor Elementary School.

Geography[edit]

Aerial view of Livingston Manor (at center) and environs roughly from the southwest (2013). Shandelee Lake at lower left.

Livingston Manor is located at 41°53′46″N 74°49′38″W / 41.89611°N 74.82722°W / 41.89611; -74.82722 (41.896061, -74.827348).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all land.

Downtown[edit]

The downtown of Livingston Manor, mostly along Main Street, has several restaurants, a large grocery store, several art and antique shops. It is the scene of an annual "trout parade" in June that draws marching bands, fire trucks and other local amusements. The Catskill Art Society runs a non-profit multi-arts venue on Main Street, the CAS Arts Center, which offers exhibits on view in their galleries and fine arts classes to the community.[8]

Flood problems[edit]

The Willowemoc Creek that runs through town cause flooding issues with the rain and storms that hit Livingston Manor.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,355 people, 515 households, and 330 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 437.6 per square mile (168.8/km2). There were 619 housing units at an average density of 199.9/mi2 (77.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 85.39% White, 6.20% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 5.09% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.81% of the population.

There were 515 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $27,159, and the median income for a family was $29,167. Males had a median income of $22,250 versus $24,375 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,047. About 22.0% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.6% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

Livingston Manor has an excellent Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Basic Life Support Ambulance Corps.

Notable people[edit]

Houses of worship[edit]

 Methodist Church Presbyterian Church Cornerstone Community Church (AKA Grooville Free Methodist) Main Street Bible Fellowship Saint Aloysius Catholic Church /De Bruce branch of Catholic Church open in summer.  Our Lady of Lourdes Monastery Willowemoc Baptist Church Lew Beach Community Church 

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