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Statistics & Facts

The New York state capital is Albany.
The population of Haverstraw is approximately 10,117 (2000), 11910 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,901 (1990), 3425 (2010).
The amount of land area in Haverstraw is 5.162 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 7.967 sq kilometers.
The distance from Haverstraw to Washington DC is 230 miles.
The distance to the New York state capital is 102 miles. (as the crow flies)
Haverstraw is positioned 41.18 degrees north of the equator and 73.95 degrees west of the prime meridian.


about 30 miles from New York City in southeastern New York State.
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History & History Related Items

Haverstraw was established in 1666 by the Dutch. During the War of American Independence, Major Andre and Benedict Arnold conspired in the "Treason House" in Haverstraw. Haverstraw became a leader in the brick market in the Nineteenth Century, a role which lasted almost one-hundred years. The excavation of clay later led to a horrendous landslide in 1906. Haverstraw is in close proximity to New York City (approx. 30 miles north). Today, Haverstraw has a distinctive Latino flavor. According to the 1990 Census, 50%of the population is Hispanic, 36% is White, 11% is Black and 2% is Asian. Haverstraw's Hudson River border makes it one if the most beautiful, scenic towns in New York.
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Haverstraw City Government

Town of Haverstraw
1 Rosman Road
Garnerville, New York 10923
Phone: (914) 429-2200

Village of Haverstraw
40 New Main Street
Haverstraw, New York 10927
Phone: (914) 429-0300

Town of Haverstraw Historian
1 Rosman Road
Garnerville, New York 10923
Phone: (914) 429-2200

Village of Haverstraw Historian
25 Fairmont Avenue
Thiells, New York 10923
Phone: (914) 947-1096

Haverstraw Historical Events

Recollections of the past in Haverstraw
My roots in Haverstraw, NY extend back to the 1880ís. I had 2 great grandfathers who worked on the brick yards, one last named Burke, the other Buttler. The story as told to me by my grandmother (from my motherís side) is that her family lived on Division street, directly behind Rockland Avenue, during the time of the landslide. When the landslide came in February, 1906, my great grandfather decided to move the family out of town. They relocated near what was called the "Penny Bridge" in West Haverstraw.

My Grandfather tells of how he had saved enough money to study architecture in New York City, but the untimely death of his father meant that my grandfather had to return to take care of his younger brother. Eventually, my Grandfather, named Richard Buttler started his own construction firm. He designed, among other structures in Haverstraw, the combination firehouse and police station residing in the heart of town. As of the 1970, when I last had occasion to check, at the top of a flight of stairs there was a plaque mentioning him, among many others, for his contribution.

I now live in Pomona with my own family, but as many ex-Haverstrawites, I never really left my home town.
Submitted by Ambrose Michael Matelski II

Childhood Memories
The town has always -- and I do mean ALWAYS - been a part of my life. True, I was born and raised in Poughkeepsie...but my dad's family lived in and around Haverstraw for probably 60+ years. My grandfather, Thomas Gagan (1879-1966) was District Attorney in Rockland County for a very long time. My grandmother, Mary (Finegan) Gagan, belonged to a family that owned and ran a Haverstraw brewery. The house my dad was born in back in 1909 is still standing - as is he! I can never remember if it is on route 202 or 9W...but I DO know that it is the house used as the exterior model by Charles Addams for his ADDAMS FAMILY series. It seems to me that my grandfather, uncle (the late M. Ambrose McCabe) and my aunt ('Amo' McCabe, who reaches 90 in a week) moved to Phillips Hill Rd., New City in the early 60s. (I was born in 1954.) Uncle 'Brose', as we called him, died around 1964, and my grandfather passed away two years later. I have been told of a great-aunt, Mamie Gagan, who ran a general store approximately where Gagan Road is now located. In fact, one story is that the road was named for her! Mamie died when I was very, very young....I can barely remember her. I would love-and-appreciate any and all information on the Rockland County Gagan's!!!!
Of my grandfather's children who reached adulthood...Thomas, Joe, Mercedes (McKim) and Eileen (Miller) are all now dead. My dad (Frank) was the oldest, and "aunt Amo" isn't far behind. She lives in Pennsylvania, last I heard. Submitted by: Bill Gagan

1910 - 1975
Silverstein Family in Haverstraw
My family lived in Haverstraw from approx. 1910-1975. My grandparents were Marcie & Cele Silverstein who lived at 103 Hudson Ave. Marcie owned a local soda fountain called Marcie's; served on the school board; and was a chum of Jim Farley's. My father & uncle (their sons) were Jule & Stan Silverstein. My father taught social studies at Haverstraw, and later N. Rockland High School from about 1953-1989.
Submitted by Richard Silverstein

1904, May 27-31 (approximately)
Burial of explorer, Leonidas Hubbard, Jr.
Haverstraw Cemetery
Labrador (Canada) explorer laid to final rest after having become lost and starved while attempting to travel overland from Northwest River Post to Ungava Bay. Hubbard's remains were recovered by Dillon Wallace, a fellow explorer.
Leonidas Hubbard, Jr.,
Intrepid Explorer and Practical Christian
Died Oct. 18, 1903.
"Whither I go ye know, and the way ye know." John XIV. -4.

late 1800s through WW II
Haverstraw, Samsondale mansion
My great-great grandfather, John Peck, and his father lived in a land-grant property called "Samsondale." It was a large mansion with lots of land, stretching to the Hudson River. When 9W was built, it ran through the property to the East. The mansion was destroyed in the mid-sixties and the property was developed. The business owned by John Peck and his sons was the Peck Brickyards.
John Peck's grandson, Theodore Gordon Peck II, was killed in the Wallstreet explosion that was meant to kill J.P. Morgan.

Haverstraw Chamber

Greater Haverstraw Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 159
Haverstraw, NY 10927-0159
Phone: (845) 947-5646

Haverstraw Organizations

Greater Haverstraw Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 159
Haverstraw, NY 10927-0159
Phone: (845) 947-5646

Haverstraw Libraries

Haverstraw Kings Daughters Public Library
85 Main Street
Haverstraw, NY 10927
Phone: (845) 429-3445

Haverstraw Schools

North Rockland Central School District
65 Chapel Street
Garnerville, New York 10923
Phone: 845-942-3000
Fax: 845-942-3047 Haverstraw


The population of Haverstraw was:
1990 - 9,438
2000 - 10,117

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