The most familiar sheet of water, viewed from a new hilltop, yields a novel and unexpected pleasure...

— Henry David Thoreau

The Town of Rochester...

...is an interior town located near the geographic center of Ulster County, New York, United States, an area loosely defined as the Mid-Hudson Valley. The northwest part of the town is in the Catskill State Park.

Primarily a rectangle, the township of slightly less than 48,000 acres lies perpendicular to the northeast flowing Rondout Creek. The Rondout basin runs across the Town's eastern half to the Hudson River at Kingston, the county seat which is about twelve miles away.

The parallel mountain ranges of the Shawangunks on the east and the Catskills on the west at each end of the township bracket and define the more actively settled Rondout Valley.

The township is bordered by six other Ulster County towns. The entire southwest line is along the Town of Wawarsing, which was created from the southern half of the original Town of Rochester. Along the northwest is Denning. The northeast line is formed in part with Olive on the northern quarter and Marbletown on the remaining southern portion. The southeast line, which more or less follows the Shawangunk ridge, is made by New Paltz to the north and Gardiner to the south.

As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 7,018.

The town has a total area of 88.8 square miles.

US Route 209 passes across the town.

From Town of Rochester, Ulster County, New York, Historic Resources Reconnaissance Survey, 1993 prepared for Town of Rochester Historic Preservation Commission by Kyserike Restorations, Inc., Stone Ridge, NY, text by Harry Hansen. Click here to download the entire Survey in PDF format.

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