Hague, New York

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Hague is a town in Warren County, New York, USA. It is part of the Glens Falls, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 854 at the 2000 census. The town was named after the city Hague in Holland.

The Town of Hague is on the eastern border of the county.


In 1757, during the French & Indian War, Sabbath Day Point was used as an encampment and staging area for the French Army and nearly two thousand Ottawa Indians in an expedition to capture the British Fort William Henry at the southern end of Lake George. While at the Sabbath Day Point camp, they conducted an ambush of a group of British soldiers and captured many. Later at the Sabbath Day Point base camp, the Indians cannibilized some of the captured British prisoners.

Sabbath Day Point was used a landing place in 1759 for British armies en route to attack the French at Fort Carillion until it was eventually captured by General Jeffery Amhurst. It was then renamed Fort Ticonderoga.

During the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin twice encamped there traveling to and from Canada as an emissary of the Continental Congress in an unsuccessful attempt to have Canada join the Colonies in the revolution. He was Postmaster General and in this capacity, he conducted temporary postal processing functions on each of his stays at Sabbath Day Point.

The town was first settled around 1796. The Town of Hague was originally part of the Town of Bolton and was created in 1807 as the Town of Rochester. In 1808 it changed its name to Hague.

In 1904 the waters of Hague bay were home of The Lake George monster. The "monster" was the creation of Harry Watrous, and was part of a pratical joke.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 206.2 km² (79.6 mi²). 165.8 km² (64.0 mi²) of it is land and 40.4 km² (15.6 mi²) of it (19.58%) is water.

New York State Route 8 ends at US Route 9N, which joins the lakeside communities on the east side of the town.

The east town line is the border of Washington County, New York. The town and county include the surface of Lake George so that only the opposite shore is part of Washington County. The north town line is the border of Essex County, New York.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 854 people, 371 households, and 258 families residing in the town. The population density was 5.1/km² (13.3/mi²). There were 1,047 housing units at an average density of 6.3/km² (16.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.48% White, 0.12% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.12% Asian, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 371 households out of which 20.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,375, and the median income for a family was $48,068. Males had a median income of $40,568 versus $21,964 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,344. About 4.6% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Hague

  • Graphite -- An interior hamlet on Route 8.
  • Hague -- The hamlet of Hague is at the junction of Routes 8 and 9N. Hague is the major community and the only significant business district in the town and is located on the shore of Lake George.
  • Indian Kettles -- A hamlet on Route 9N near the north town line on the shore of Lake George.
  • Sabbath Day Point -- A hamlet on Route 9N near the south town line.
  • Silver Bay -- A hamlet on Lake George and Route 9N. This community is centered on the historic Silver Bay Hotel, which once served as a private hotel and a boys' school before being sold to the YMCA. The Silver Bay Association controls the activities of this area.

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