LAND OF RURAL CHARM

The Town of Copake is a historic farming community nestled into a picturesque landscape of rolling hills, wide fertile valleys, and the Taconic range to the east. The Roeliff Jansen Kill and Bash Bish Brook sustain the shimmering lakes and ponds. The original Mohican people call these homelands Tachkanick, meaning “land of flowing waters”.

Copake’s built environment reflects a 250-year history of farming, industry, and rural and small-town living. The Bicentennial Historic Markers and tools on this site will lead you in discovering key historic residences, farmsteads, churches, train depots and civic structures that capture the past and are vital to its rural heritage today.

Formed in 1824, the Town of Copake consists of four hamlets — Copake, Copake Falls, West Copake and Craryville — each with its own history and character. The town’s name is derived from Achkookpeck, meaning “Snake Pond”, the original Mohican name for what we now call Copake Lake.

HISTORIC MARKER LOCATIONS

Red = National Register of historic places

Blue = Featured local site

HERITAGE GUIDE

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