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Statistics & Facts

The New York state capital is Albany.
The population of Brewster is approximately 2390 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 781 (1990), 862 (2010).
The amount of land area in Brewster is 1.234 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Brewster to Washington DC is 253 miles.
The distance to the New York state capital is 88 miles. (as the crow flies)
Brewster is positioned 41.39 degrees north of the equator and 73.61 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

Brewster Hill, New York, may be a part of Brewster. See the Brewster Hill page on Key to the City for information which may need to be included in Brewster itself. Brewster, NY was originally just "Brewsters". It was a whistlestop on the Harlem Division of the NY Central Railroad where they picked up milk for one of the big companies of the time, either Borden's or Sheffield Farms. One of the large land owners was a family named Bloomer who owned, among other properties, a hill called Brewster('s) Hill. They ultimately sold this hill to a developer who built a housing development on top which they called Brewster Heights.
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Brewster Historical Events

1776 - Revolutionary War Period
Sybil Ludington.

Sybil was a seventeen year old young woman who lived in eastern Putnam County at the time of the Revolutionary War. The British were overwhelming much of New England at that time and had already occupied Danbury, Connecticut. Aaron Burr was in this area at the time and may have played a part in the story. When the British struck out to invade the towns in New York just west of Danbury. Courageous Sybil rode horseback through the New York countryside through the night, a la Paul Revere, to warn the local settlers that the British were coming.
Today a lifesize statue of Sybil Ludington riding her horse is placed directly across the street from the Putnam County Court House in Carmel(pronounced CARmel, not CarMEL as in California),NY, the county seat of Putnam County, right on the shore of beautiful Lake Gleneida. This is about seven miles west of Brewster, New York on US RT.6. Sybil's grave is located seven miles northwest of Carmel in the hamlet of Patterson,NY in the churchyard of Christ Episcopal Church, a historical landmark in itself.

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