Amenia, NY

• Amenia is a town in Dutchess County, United States. New York, USA. The population was 4,048 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from the Latin word, amoena, which means "pleasant to the eye."The Town of Amenia is on the east border of the county. The town was established and first settled around 1704. The town was part of the Great Nine Partners Patent of 1697. The Town of Amenia was officially for Amenia formed in 1788. The hamlet of Amenia is in the northeast part of the town.
• Amenia Union -- A hamlet on the east town line.
• Leedsville -- A location in the northeast part of the town, east of Amenia village.
• Sharon Station -- A hamlet at the north town line.
• Smithfield -- A hamlet on the town line in the northwest part of the town.
• South Amenia -- A hamlet at the junction of Routes 2 and 3 in the east part of the town.
• Wassaic -- A hamlet in the south central part of the town.
• Wassaic Creek -- A stream on the west side of the town, passing through the community of Wassaic.

The Wassaic State School for developmentally retarded children was founded in 1930. Amenia is home to the following notables: Gail Borden, inventor of condensed milk, established his first factory here. Obadiah German, (1766-1842), born in Amenia, United States Senator. Samuel Herrick, (1779-1852), was born in Amenia, United States Congressman from Ohio. John Miller, (1774-1862),was born in Amenia, a physician and United States Congressman from New York. Lewis Mumford, historian of science, lived and died in Amenia. Frank Stella, painter, resided in Amenia. Erastus Otis Haven Bishop of the Methodist Church, formerly Principal of Amenia Seminary (1846) came from Amenia. Michael Cole television broadcaster for World Wrestling Entertainment was from Amenia.


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