Above: Formal portrait of Sidney Miller by Brady.

The community of Millerton formed after 1851, and the village was incorporated in 1875.

The Millerton Iron Company established itself nearby in an area known as Irondale and was served by a telegraph address in Millerton. The foundry had two Cooper hot blast stoves and produced car-wheel pig iron (cast iron for railcar wheels) with a 12,000 ton capacity in 1890. The plant was established in 1854 and by 1882 employed approximately 150 people. Irondale was served by a general store, company owned grist mill, and post office. A historical marker commemorates the Irondale Cemetery.

Economic cycle and development
Sidney Miller, a civil engineer, brought the railroad to Millerton in 1851. Town fathers named the village, Millerton, in his honor. Soon after, the Central New England Railroad was built connecting Boston with Poughkeepsie and the Hudson River. At this point, everything changed. Millerton became a commercial and agricultural hub. Farmers and merchants thrived. Iron mining and foundries flourished, feeding the Industrial Revolution.

Millerton prospered as a commercial center after the arrival of the railways. The Millerton Hotel was built in 1852 by Alexander Trowbridge, Alexander Holley and James Winchell. George Greathead’s Central Hotel was built in 1865. The Brick Block Hotel was erected by James Conlan in 1872. The nearby town of Irondale was almost entirely dominated by the Millerton Iron Company during this era.

Millerton’s life cycle is explained in the New York Times article “Williamsburg on the Hudson” from the perspective of a lifelong-citizen, Phil Terni, who lived in Millerton for more than 65 years. Terni described Millerton’s early prosperity as “an agricultural crossroads with three hotels served by three railroads”, and then described the village’s decline as the milk processing plant shut down and the farms had started shutting down.

Millerton’s revival as “a rural village with urban influences from nearby towns and boroughs” is shown through the vibrant arts, culture, and new small business along U.S. Route 44.


Millerton is located in northeastern Dutchess County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2), of which 0.00 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.50%, is water.[1]

The closest rail station is now Wassaic station to the south. The town formerly had its own station on the Harlem Line.

Demographics – Historical population

Census Pop. %+/-
1880 600
1890 638 +6.3
1900 802 +25.7
1910 858 +7
1920 829 -3.4
1930 910 +9.8
1940 953 +4.7
1950 1048 +10
Census Pop. %+/-
1960 1027 -2
1970 1042 +1.5
1980 1013 -2.8
1990 884 -12.7
2000 925 +4.6
2010 958 +3.6
2020 903 -5.7

U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 925 people, 375 households, and 232 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,470.4 people per square mile (566.9/km2). There were 412 housing units at an average density of 654.9 per square mile (252.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 76.51% White, 2.27% African American, 0.32% Native American, 1.30% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.41% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19% of the population.

There were 375 households, out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,176, and the median income for a family was $46,458. Males had a median income of $27,279 versus $29,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,220. About 7.7% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and Culture

The village has a number of restaurants and eateries, such as Golden Wok, Taro’s, Candy-O’s Sweet Shop, the Oakhurst Diner, and The Harney Tea Cafe. The North East Community Center Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from May-October and every other Saturday from November-April.

Millerton has a number of art galleries, artist studios, and antique shops. The NorthEast-Millerton Library, located on Main Street, hosts a variety of art shows throughout the year, as well as concerts during the summer.

Oblong Books, the T-Shirt Farm and the Music Cellar are popular spots in town for locals and weekenders.

The community is served by The Millerton News, which is published weekly.


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