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Village of Brewster & the Town of Southeast New York

County: Putnam
Population: 17,316
Area: 35 Square Miles
Government: 35 Square Miles
Distance to Major Cities:
Hartford: 69.7 Miles
Boston: 170.2 Miles
New York City: 63.2 Miles


Southeast is home to a number of designated historic sites, including the Old Southeast Church and Old Doansburg Schoolhouse, Old Town Hall, and the Walter Brewster House. In addition to numerous homes and sites of historic interest from the 18th and 19th centuries, Southeast also boasts the Milltown Area and Starr Ridge historic districts. The name of the Village of Brewster evolved from the surname of its founder, Walter Brewster and the New York and Harlem Railroad depot he invited to his property. Brewster's Station, New York, (sometimes just "Brewster's") appeared on maps, on postcards and in directories of Putnam County, New York State throughout the second half of the 19th century.

Although referred to as a village since it formed in 1849, it officially incorporated as the Village of Brewster, New York in 1894. In 1886, historian William Smith Pelletreau published The History of Putnam County, New York. In his second chapter on the Town of Southeast, New York he wrote: "The land now (1886) embraced within the limits of the village of Brewster consists of a farm which was sold by the commissioners of forfeiture to Peleg Bailey, in 1781. A portion of it afterward passed into the possession of Bailey Howes, his grandson, who sold 98 acres to Gilbert Bailey, April 1st 1833. Two other tracts containing 39 acres were sold to Gilbert Bailey, by William P. Downs and Frederick Parks in 1838. On the 17th of February, 1848, Gilbert Bailey sold the whole tracts, estimated at 134 acres, to James and Walter F. Brewster, for the sum of $8,000."

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