Town of Ghent

Greg Berninger, Town Historian
Phone: 518-758-2692
PO Box 98
Ghent, NY 12075

Ghent, NY: 200 years of History 

The Town of Ghent was incorporated on April 3, 1818. Before that, it was locally known as "Squampamock" and Kline Kill. Squampamock is a Native American term signifying "the meeting of the waters." 

Around 1735, early settlers, exploiting areas cleared by the natives, moved into the area. In 1818, the town of Ghent was founded from parts of the towns of Chatham, Claverack, and Kinderhook. The name has its origin in the Flemish city Ghent, in Flanders, Belgium

100th Anniversary of the Ghent Fire Department

Chatham's Time Keeper

Buckleyville Marker

Ghent Railroad Station

In Search of Ghent's One-Room Schoolhouses

Ghent Chatham Line 

Meeting House Marker

Ghent's First Town Hall

Ghent's Famous Elephant Farm