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History and Facts

Blooming Grove Facts: 
Over 35 square miles
Population (2000 census): 17,351
Median Age: 36
Median Income: $74,428

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Communities within the Borders of the Town of Blooming Grove:
The Village of Washingtonville
The Hamlet of Blooming Grove
The Hamlet of South Blooming Grove
Mountain Lodge
Salisbury Mills

School Districts Attended by Blooming Grove Residents: 
Washingtonville Central School District
Monroe-Woodbury Central School District

Fun Facts About our Area:
-The oldest (1839) continuously operating winery in the US is in Washingtonville, NY (The Brotherhood Winery).
-The first butter factory in America was in Campbell Hall, NY (1859)
-Newburgh, NY was America's first electrified city, as Thomas Edison put his first factory there.
-The largest sculpture park in the US is the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY, featuring works from artists around the world.
-'Velveeta' cheese spread (1923) and 'Liederkranz' cheese (1882) were invented in Monroe, NY
-'Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese' was invented in Chester, NY. (1872)
-The largest number (220+) of discount designer outlets in the US is in Central Valley, NYwith 12 million visitors per year. (Woodbury Common Premium Outlets)
-The main runway at Stewart International Airport (SWF) is over 2 miles long (11,818 ft) and is an alternate landing site for the Space Shuttle. New Windsor, NY.
-Bear Mountain State Park has more visitors annually than does Yellowstone National Park.
-The largest living museum in New York State is Museum Village in Monroe, NY.
-The Order of the Purple Heart was established by George Washington in Newburgh, NY (1782).
-The first Registered Historic Landmark (1850) is Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, NY.
-The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY (USMA) established in 1778.
-The largest Church Organ in the world is at West Point USMA.
-The world's first, and still used, trotting track is in Goshen, NY. (Goshen Historic Track) (established 1838).
-Nearly all trotters and pacers in the US can trace their pedigree to the stallion 'Hambletonian' of Chester, NY. (1849)
-The oldest (1919) continuously operating automobile racing dirt track in the US is the Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, NY.
-The Tuxedo dinner jacket originated in Tuxedo Park, an enclosed community developed by Pierre Lorillard, tobacco magnate (Old Gold).
-The daughter of Bruce Price, the designer of Tuxedo Park, NY (1880), and also a resident was Emily Post.
-Stephen Crane wrote his most popular novel, "The Red Badge of Courage" in Port Jervis, NY.
-The oldest carbon dated human settlement in North America (12,500 years old) is found here in Orange County.
-More Mastodon skeletons have been unearthed here than any other place on earth.
-The "Onion Capitol of the World", is found in the black dirt region of Pine Island, NY.

In 1683, the County of Orange, named for William of Orange (King William III, 1650-1702), was formed. In 1799, the residents of the southern part of Orange County petitioned the state and broke off to become Rockland County. Orange County today is almost half a million acres in size and is dotted with dairy and produce farms, orchards, vineyards, horse ranches and bucolic villages set amongst vast areas of woodlands, rolling hills and glacier-carved valleys. There are three cities within the County's borders: Newburgh, on the Hudson River; Port Jervis, on the Delaware River; and Middletown, halfway between the other two.

The County Seat of Orange County, NY, is in the Village of Goshen.

Of the 10 counties named Orange in the US, Orange County NY is the oldest (1683). It is 206 years older than Orange County California (1889), 169 years older than Orange County Texas (1852), 162 years older than Orange County Florida (1824), 133 years older than Orange County Indiana (1816), 98 years older than Orange County Vermont (1781), 69 years older than Orange County North Carolina (1752), and 51 years older than Orange County Virginia (1734).


Fun Facts Links:

-Bull Tuthill Deed.pdf