History of Thompson Ridge

Thompson Ridge is a small hamlet located in Orange County, New York, United States. The area was originally inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans and later settled by European colonists.

In the early 18th century, the Thompson family, who were descendants of early Dutch settlers, established a farm in the area. Over time, more families moved to the area and established farms, and the community grew.

During the American Revolution, the Thompson Ridge area was a strategic location for both British and American troops, and there were several skirmishes and battles in the area. In 1779, General George Washington and his troops camped in Thompson Ridge on their way to fight the British in the Battle of Minisink.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the hamlet of Thompson Ridge saw growth as the railroad came through the area, allowing for easier transportation of goods and people. The hamlet had a post office, several stores, and a school.

Today, Thompson Ridge is a small, rural community with a mix of residential and agricultural land use. The area is known for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking and fishing in nearby parks and forests.


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