History of Princetown, New York
GAZETTEER ans BUSINESS DIRECTORY
OF ALBANY and SCHENECTADY COUNTIS, N. Y. FOR 1870-71.
COMPILED and PUBLISHED BY HAMILTON CHILD, SYRACUSE, NY 1869


PRINCETOWN, named in honor of John Prince, a member of Assembly from Albany Co. when the town was formed, was formed from Schenectady, March 26, 1798. It lies a little west of the center of the County. The surface consists of a broken upland, gently descending towards the south-east. The streams are Norman's Kul, in the south, and Zantzee Kil in the north. A cascade sixty feet in bight is upon this stream, and from this point to the Mohawk are several rapids and small cascades. The soil is a heavy clay loam, underlaid by hard.pan, and is best adapted to grazing.

Princetown (p. o.) is a hamlet in the southern part.

This town was conveyed chiefly to George Ingoldsby and Aaron Bradt, in 1737. William Corry subsequently became the owner and formed a settlement which was long known as "Corry's Bush." The town was thinly settled at the time of the Revolution. The Princetown Academy was opened on a large scale in 1853, and was discontinued in 1856.

The population in 1865 was 931, and the area 14,421 acres.

There are seven school districts; employing the same number of teachers. The number of children of school age is 345; the number attending school, 287; the average attendance, 137, and the amount expended for school purposes for the year ending September 30, 1869, was $1,852.07.

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