How Did Ulster County Get Its Name?
Ever wonder this?
My history lesson across the Hudson Valley is continuing and the next spot on my list to research is Ulster County.
I've always found it interesting how towns and counties receive their names. The Hudson Valley has tons of history and when you dig deep, you'll find out that the land around here has some very interesting stories attached to it.
After some research I found some pretty cool pieces of information about the county.
- The first settlers referred to it as just Esopus at first
- The county is named after the Irish province of "Ulster" which means "fifth part"
- in 1683, The Duke of York (James) established land and counties here and he was the one who chose the name "Ulster"
- Ulster County used to be made up of regions that are now considered to be Greene and Sullivan Counties
- At one time the capital of Independent New York was Kerhonkson
- The highest point in Ulster County is Slide Mountain
- Ulster County is about 90 minutes north from New York City, its also an hour south of Albany
- The oldest street in America is in New Paltz
Pretty neat stuff happens around here.
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