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—  Town  —
Coordinates: 41°24′14″N 73°36′29″W / 41.40389°N 73.60806°W / 41.40389; -73.60806
Country United States
State New York
County Putnam
 - Total 35.0 sq mi (90.6 km2)
 - Land 32.1 sq mi (83.0 km2)
 - Water 2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)
Elevation 338 ft (103 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 17,316
 - Density 540.1/sq mi (208.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 10509
Area code(s) 845
FIPS code 36-68924
GNIS feature ID 0979507

Southeast is a town in Putnam County, New York, United States. The population was 17,316 at the 2000 census.[1] The town is in the southeast part of the county. Interstate 84, Interstate 684, US Route 202, and US Route 6 pass through the town.



The first settler arrived around 1730. The area first exploited was called "The Oblong," and was outside of the land claimed by the Philipse Patent. Due to a border dispute between NY and Conn. the area between the undisputed border of NY and the undisputed border of CT was an approximately 4-mile-wide area which ran the full north-south dimension of Putnam County. This was called the oblong. Land was sold in this area both by the governor of NY and the King of England for Connecticut, with conflicting deeds. The oblong was alternately known as Southeast as it was the southeastern town of Dutchess County. It consisted of the eastern half of the current Town of Patterson, and the eastern half of the current town of Southeast. The western half of the current town of Southeast was part of the large Phillipse Patent which had not yet been divided into towns. The most heavily-settled area of the oblong at this point was the "city" of Frederickstown, now the hamlet of Patterson.

The town of Southeast, then still consisting of the oblong, was founded in 1788, and formed the southeast corner of Dutchess County. In 1795, the town that had been Southeast's neighbor, Frederickstown was divided into the present Carmel, Kent, and Patterson, the latter two known at first as "Frederick" and "Franklin." At that time, Southeast lost its northern half to Patterson, and expanded to the west to become the shape it is now. Putnam County split from Dutchess in 1812. The most densely populated area in the town is the village of Brewster.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.0 square miles (90.6 km²), of which, 32.1 square miles (83.0 km²) of it is land and 2.9 square miles (7.6 km²) of it (8.35%) is water. The town contains several reservoirs that supply New York City.

The east town line is the border of Connecticut (Fairfield County), and the south town line is the border of Westchester County.

The windmill at Tilly Foster Farm


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 17,316 people, 6,184 households, and 4,569 families residing in the town. The population density was 540.1 people per square mile (208.5/km²). There were 6,412 housing units at an average density of 200.0/sq mi (77.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.88% White, 1.87% African American, 0.14% Native American, 1.63% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 2.40% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.04% of the population.

There were 6,184 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $69,272, and the median income for a family was $78,553. Males had a median income of $51,957 versus $39,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,506. About 3.1% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Southeast

Bog Brook Reservoir
  • Bog Brook Reservoir – A reservoir near the center of the town.
  • Brewster – A centrally located village within the town.
  • Brewster Heights – A hamlet west of Brewster village.
  • Brewster Hill – A hamlet north of Brewster village.
  • Deans Corners – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town.
    Horses at Tilly Foster Farm
  • Deforest Corners – A hamlet in the northeast corner of the town, northeast of Sears Corners.
  • Doansburg
  • Drewville Heights – A hamlet in the southwest part of the town.
  • Dykemans – A hamlet on Route 312, north of Brewster Hill.
  • East Branch Reservoir – A reservoir east of Brewster and south of Bog Brook Reservoir.
  • Milltown – A hamlet near the east town line.
  • Peach Lake – A hamlet in the southeast corner of the town, located at the northeast shore of a small lake also called Peach Lake.
  • Sears Corners – A hamlet by the intersection of Routes 22 and 312 in the northeastern part of the town.
  • Sodom – A location east of Brewster village.
  • Tilly Foster – A hamlet near the west town line.
  • Tilly Foster Mine – an abandoned mine adjacent to Tilly Foster Farm

Political leaders

Notable residents of Southeast


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