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Copake Real Estate Listings

New York, NY 12516

Copake is a town  in Columbia County, NY.  The town derives its name from a lake, which was known to the natives as Cook-pake, or Ack-kook-peek.

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Copake is on the eastern border of Columbia county. The Taconic State Park is along the eastern edge of the town.


Copake was part of the 1686 Taconic Grant to Robert Livingston for about 400 acres of good land and 2,200 acres of woodland. After it was purchased from the Indians it turned out to be 160,000 acres, and he established the English-style Livingston Manor. The manor extended well into what is now Massachusetts. The first lease given by Livingston in Copake was for about 85 acres in 1687 to Matthews Abraham Van Deusen. Because New England claimed ownership west to the Hudson River, a border dispute broke out. The Massachusetts Bay Colony laid out three townships west of the Taconic Mountains in 1755. Most of the present town of Copake was in one of the townships. New settlers were given 100 acres free, and some of Livingston's tenants refused to pay rent. The border was settled in 1757 by the Lords Commissioners of Trade in London. Farmers west of the border continued to protest, however. In 1844 a rally organized by the Taconic Mutual Association took place in the center of the hamlet. After the rally the arrest of several of the leaders sparked wider protests. Eventually the Anti-Rent Party was formed in New York state, and New York instituted land reform. The Anti-Rent Party called for a Homestead Act to develop the western land. It became part of the Republican Party platform and was important in the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.


The town of Copake was formed in 1824 by splitting it from the town of Granger that was renamed Taghkanic. An early industry was iron mining and smelting. In Taconic State Park adjacent to Copake Falls is the "Ore Pit", a former iron mine, now a 40-foot deep swimming pond.


Copake is home to a handful of summer camps for adults and children and filled with other activities to do in the summer, such as swimming, hiking, biking, and water skiing. In the winter, Copake is a great place to rent a house to stay in to go skiing at nearby ski mountains, such as Catamount.


Communities and Locations in Copake:

  • Camphill Village – A therapeutic community for developmentally disabled adults.
  • Copake (formerly "Copake Flats") – The hamlet of Copake is in the south part of the town.
  • Copake Falls – A hamlet north of Copake village.
  • Copake Iron Works – A former community in the town, now in Taconic State Park.
  • Copake Lake – A lake and a community on the western town line.
  • Craryville (formerly "Bains Corner") – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
  • Taconic Shores – A community northwest of Copake hamlet encircling Robinson Pond.
  • Taconic State Park – along the eastern edge of the town
  • Weedmines – A location at the south town line.
  • West Copake (formerly "Andersons Corners") – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town.
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