Esopus, New York
Esopus is located in Ulster County, New York, on the west bank of the Hudson River and south of Kingston.
According to the town’s website, it is “a historic and growing Hudson Valley Community,” with 40 square miles and a population of 9,500. It is bordered on three sides by water. Nearly 100 miles north of New York City, it is bounded on the North by the Roundout Creek, to the South by Highland and to the West by Rosendale and New Paltz.
Residents enjoy the town’s natural lakes, waterways and wooded areas. “Our population … has included such notables as naturalist John Burroughs and human rights advocate Sojourner Truth,” the site notes. “Several hamlets make up the Town of Esopus including Connelly, Esopus, New Salem, our Town center Port Ewen, Rifton, St. Remy, Sleightsburgh, Ulster Park, Union Center and West Park. Along with the elegant beauty of our landscape, the Town of Esopus has so much to offer our residents and visitors: historic homes and sites, vineyards, apple orchards, fishing, parks and preserves, museums and educational fare and many fine shops, restaurants and farm stands.”
Esopus is proudly home to the Sojourner Truth Memorial at the corner of Route 9W and Salem Street in Port Ewen. Sojourner was born a slave and lived in Ulster County until she was 32, overcoming many obstacles to become an activist for equal rights and justice.
Photo Credit: Joel Kramer
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