The first known Europeans to set foot in Columbia County were Henry Hudson and his crew. On September 17, 1609, Hudson stopped for a day at the mouth of what is now known as Stockport Creek, territory under control of the Mohican Indians. The first European settler in Stockport was Abraham Staats, who built a house at the spot Henry Hudson landed around 1660. The present Town of Stockport was formed from parts of Stuyvesant, Ghent, and Hudson in 1833.
Stockport is the smallest town in Columbia County at 13 square miles in area. It was named after Stockport, England, the hometown of James Wild, a prominent resident at the time.
At one time, this was the hub of industrial activity in Columbia County. The Claverack and Kinderhook Creeks join here to form the Stockport Creek, which flows out to the Hudson River. Waterpower was abundant and the historical evidence suggests that the motivation behind the Town’s formation was to benefit the proprietors of the many woolen mills along these sources of waterpower. These mills and associated buildings were used well into the 20th century. Another concentration of mills was found in Columbiaville, one mile inland from the Hudson, on the Stockport Creek. Columbiaville was an incorporated village from 1813 until the formation of the Town in 1833.
The Columbia White Sulfur Springs was located in the Hamlet of Stottville, at the southern end of Town. In the mid-1800’s, these sulfur springs were as well known as those of Saratoga. People came from great distances to drink and bathe in the water. The mills and spas are long gone.
Currently, the Stockport is a semi-rural town consistently primarily of residences and farms.
The Summer Recreation Registration Forms are ready! Please go to the Department tab on top and then click on Recreation, there is a link to click on with the registration forms and the details! We have a fun program and the kids have a fun and safe summer. If you have any gently used games, toys, etc. we would always welcome them. Thank you and have a great summer!
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT THE COUNTY BRIDGE ON ATLANTIC AVE, (COUNTY RT. 20) WILL BE CLOSED, EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014, FOR MAJOR CONSTRUCTION. IT IS EXPECTED TO REOPEN ON APPROXIMATELY SEPTEMBER 1, 2014. PLEASE MAKE TIME ALLOWANCES WHEN TRAVELING.
The attached resolution was adopted unanimously by the Stockport Town Board at its March 6, 2013 Board Meeting
TOWN OF STOCKPORT RESOLUTION ASKING FOR THE REPEAL OF THE NYS SAFE ACT
WHEREAS, The Stockport Town Board has long advocated for protection of the rights afforded to citizens under the Constitution, which has for generations guided our Nation and served as a framework to our democracy and society; and
WHEREAS, The New York State Legislature has recently adopted legislation, the NY Safe Act, proposed by Governor Cuomo to curtail these rights through the enactment of various anti-gun measures that will significantly impact legal gun owners and various businesses and suppliers of guns and related supplies and equipment; and
WHEREAS, This legislation was approved with scant public notice, very little public debate or review by State Lawmakers, and in the days since the legislation was introduced and enacted, concerns have arisen regarding various matters of law and potential defects in the legislation; and
WHEREAS, The Stockport Town Board believes that an issue of this seriousness and effect should have been granted a respectful and appropriate period of debate, review and consideration; and
WHEREAS, As New York State already has some of the toughest gun legislation in the Country, including the Sullivan Act, and concerns have been voiced that this legislation will not improve public safety in the state, including concerns by Legislators who initially supported the legislation; and
WHEREAS, This legislation will unfairly affect the rights of the many law-abiding gun owners in Columbia County and New York State who are granted the right to keep and bear arms under the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, this Legislation imposes a number of unfunded mandates on County government and taxpayers; and
WHEREAS, This legislation also does not adequately address regulation of those who are dangerously mentally ill and the many acts of violence committed by criminals who are likely to ignore this legislation, and does not address the concerns of many residents, particularly those in rural communities, to possess firearms for the purpose of home or self defense, in accordance with the provisions of the Second Amendment; and
WHEREAS, WHEREAS,The Stockport Town Board does hereby affirm support for the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the rights afforded to residents under the Constitution, and opposes attempts to infringe on those rights; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Stockport Town Board affirms support for the Second Amendment, and states opposition to the legislation NY Safe Act adopted by the State Legislature restricting the rights of gun owners and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Stockport Town Board further requests that the NY Safe Act be repealed during the current state legislative session; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Clerk of this Legislative Body is hereby directed to transmit certified copies of this resolution to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Representative Chris Gibson, Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senator Kathy Marchione, Assemblyman Peter Lopez and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors.
The new Columbia County Alert system is now up and running. You must enroll to receive the notifications. Please go to our link page and click on the Columbia County link and enroll.
A Public Notice has been received concerning the Application of New York State Electric & Gas Corp. for a Certificate of Environmental Compatability and Public Need for Construction of the Columbia County Transmission Project. This is being listed on our site as it does pertain to the Town of Stockport. A copy is available at the Stockport Town Hall for review.
Harrier Hill State Park is open to the Public. This six acre pocket park opened in 2009 and offers a covered picnic pavilion and a spectacular view of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.