Root, New York

Root is a town in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 1,715 at the 2010 census. The town was named for Erastus Root, a legislator in the early Federal period.[3]

Root, New York
Location in Montgomery County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 42°51′1″N 74°28′48″W
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
  TypeTown Council
  Town SupervisorGary A. Kamp (R)
  Town Council
  Total51.08 sq mi (132.29 km2)
  Land50.65 sq mi (131.19 km2)
  Water0.43 sq mi (1.10 km2)
863 ft (263 m)
  Density33.09/sq mi (12.78/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)518
FIPS code36-63561
GNIS feature ID0979432

The Town of Root is in the south-central part of the county and is southwest of Amsterdam.

The Erie Canal passes the north part of Root.


The Town of Root was part of a patent of 25,000 acres (10,000 ha) granted in 1737 to William Corry, George Clark, and others.[4] The first British settler located near Currytown (named for William Corry) before the American Revolution, but this area was very much the frontier. During the Revolution, the small colonial community was raided and burned by Iroquois allies of the British commanded by Captain John Doxtader.

Root was once part of the original "Town of Mohawk." It was created in 1823 from part of the Town of Charleston. After the Revolutionary War, this area received many land-hungry migrants from New England. For decades, its culture largely was a continuation of that brought by the Yankee settlers.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.0 square miles (132 km2), of which, 50.8 square miles (132 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (0.41%) is water.

The north town line is defined by the Mohawk River, and the south town line is the border of Schoharie County.

In the 20th century, the New York State Thruway was constructed through the north part of the town, following the course of the Mohawk River. New York State Route 5S also follows the course of the Mohawk and intersects New York State Route 162 at Sprakers in the northwest part of Root.


Historical population
Est. 20161,676[2]−2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,752 people, 656 households, and 492 families residing in the town. The population density was 34.5 people per square mile (13.3/km²). There were 755 housing units at an average density of 14.9 per square mile (5.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.06% White, 0.40% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

There were 656 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,060, and the median income for a family was $41,927. Males had a median income of $28,073 versus $22,656 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,206. About 8.4% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Root is a town of the Second Class under New York State law, with an elected Town Board of four members, plus a Town Supervisor, who is a voting member of the Board.

Town of Root Supervisors

Gary A. Kamp (2014–Present)
John W. Thayer (2008–2013)
Brian S. Cechnicki (2004–2007)
John Van Kersen (1992–2003)
John W. Cechnicki (1982–1991)

Communities and locations in Root

  • Browns Hollow A location southwest of Root Center.
  • Buttermilk Falls A waterfall located northeast of Currytown.
  • Currytown A hamlet on NY-162 near the center of Root. The name is derived from "Corry's patent."
  • Flat Creek A location southwest of Currytown, located on Flat Creek.
  • Flat Creek A tributary of the Mohawk River, flowing northward through western Root.
  • Kilmartin Corners A location by the south town line.
  • Little Nose A landmark near the Mohawk River, which along with Big Nose on the opposite bank marks a place called "The Noses," an area of a break in the Appalachian Mountains, through which the Erie Canal was built.
  • Lykers (formerly "Lykers Corners") A location south of Root Center.
  • Randall A hamlet in the northeast part of Root on NY-5S.
  • Root Center A hamlet south of Currytown.
  • Rural Grove A hamlet southeast of Currytown on NY-162.
  • Sprakers (formerly "Sprakers Basin") A hamlet, located on the Erie Canal and Mohawk River and the junction of NY-5S and NY-162 in the northeast part of Root.
  • Stone Ridge A hamlet on the town line in the northeast corner of the town on NY-5S.
  • Sutphens Hollow A former community in the northwest part of Root, located by Flat Creek and formerly called "Hamilton Hollow."
  • Yatesville A former community located by the Mohawk River.

Notable people


  1. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. Zurlo, Sam (15 April 1996). "Area place names reflect local history and personalities". The Daily Gazette. pp. B5. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  5. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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