The Hudson Valley is filled with unique hamlets, towns and villages. Some of them may be commonly known and pronounced while others remain a mystery or are harder to pronounce.

A mysterious Hudson Valley town was once known as "Wagendaal". One of the Hudson Valley's abandoned ghost towns still remains a mystery.

The most awkwardly named town in the Hudson Valley is hard to pronounce. There are even Hudson Valley towns that we refer to today and all know about but actually had different names in the past.

A Sullivan County, NY Town Is Known For Being The Second Smallest In Its Area

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When visiting Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for their last concert of the season, I stopped by a hidden gem.

I came across Annie's Ruff Cut, only a few miles down the road from Bethel Woods. This restaurant brought me into a town that I had never been to before or even heard of, the town of Cochecton.

According to the Town of Cochecton,

"The Town of Cochecton comprises 38.06 square miles making it the second smallest town in Sullivan County."

I was surprised to learn that,

"It has several small hamlets, it has no cities or villages that lie within its boundaries."

SEE MORE: Is Sullivan County, NY Technically In The Hudson Valley?

Can You Pronounce Sullivan County, NY's Second Smallest Town's Name?

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While seeing the sign of Cochecton, NY, I was trying to pronounce this Hudson Valley hidden town's name correctly.

The Town of Cochecton also shared,

"Previous writings indicate that Cochecton was either the first or the second permanent settlement in Sullivan County."

 

"Records show that a group of exploring Swedes, who traveled from Connecticut, settled along the Delaware River in either 1638 or 1639 where the hamlet of Cochecton presently exists."

 

"Cochecton’s fertile flats (“Cushetunk” as it was called by the Indians meaning “low lands”) were abounding in fish, fur and game."

According to How To Pronounce.Com, Cochecton, NY could be pronounced as

Cuh-Shek-Ton or Cow-Shek-Ton

However, How To Say.Com pronounced Cochecton, NY differently, 

C-o-ch-e-ct-o-n

Have You Ever Heard Of Cochecton, NY Before?

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Upper Delaware Scenic Byway shared historic information about Cochecton, NY

"The town was formed from the Town of Bethel in 1828. The Town of Delaware was formed from part of Cochecton in 1869. "

 

"The town once had a station on the Binghamton branch of the Erie Lackawanna Railway, but passenger service on this branch ceased in 1971; the branch has since been taken over by Conrail. More recently, various proposals were made to restore service on the line, but none have yet been adopted."

 

Did The Cochecton Family Have Anything To Do Wth The Town's Name?

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The Town of Cochecton shared information about the Cochecton Family.

"During the mid-l9th century leather tanning was an active industry in Sullivan County and the site of one of the larger tanneries was in Stevensburgh (Cochecton Center), constructed in 1840 by Alfred and Fletcher Stevens, who purchased a parcel along the western branch of the Ten Mile River where both hemlock and water were in abundance. "

The local tannery employed about 30 workers during its successful operation. Leather that was produced in Sullivan County, NY was once used during the Civil War by the Union Army. In time, farming also became a "major industry in Cochecton" and also had hotels in the area too.

How do you properly pronounce Cochecton, NY? Are there any other Hudson Valley towns that you don't know how to correctly pronounce? Tell us more below.

11 Highlights of Bethel Woods Last Concert of The Season

Bethel Woods Last Concert Of The Season Ended With Rod Stewart.

Rod Stewart took the stage at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on September 1, 2023. Cheap Trick opened the show for Rod Stewart.

Thousands of fans gathered on site to enjoy a warm summer night at a peaceful venue while soaking up the last concert of the season.

Rod Stewart's performance was incredible, it reminded me of a Las Vegas show. For over 2 hours, Rod Stewart sang, danced, changed outfits, chatted with the crowd and had remarkable singers, dancers and musicians also join him on stage.

Take a look at 11 highlights of the Bethel Woods last concert of the season.

Gallery Credit: Allison Kay

5 Must See Scenic Drives In The Hudson Valley

When was the last time that you took the scenic route or the back road? There's something so peaceful about taking in the views of the beautiful farmland and the smells of fresh grass with the windows down. 

The next time that you're out for a drive, take one of these scenic routes to capture the beauty of the area that we get to call home.



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Gallery Credit: Allison Kay

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