About This Place
New Paltz is a town in Ulster County, New York, USA. The population was 12,830 at the 2000 census. The town is located in the southeastern part of the county and is south of Kingston, New York. New Paltz contains a village also with the name New Paltz. The name of the town is derived from Palz (pronounced: [paltz]), the German dialect name of the Rhenish Palatinate, now a region of Germany called "Pfalz" (pronounced: [Pfaltz]).
The Mohonk Preserve and Mohonk Mountain House resort hotel are located near the western part of New Paltz, and have New Paltz mailing addresses. The Survival of the Shawangunks triathlon has been held in that area of the town each September since 1983.
The town of New Paltz was founded in 1678 by both patent and purchase from the local Esopus tribe. The first settlers were Huguenot refugees from Mannheim in the German Palatinate, who settled around the present-day village of New Paltz (on what is now known as Huguenot Street Historic District) and established their own local government. The size of the town increased from surrounding regions in 1775 and 1809. In 1842, part of New Paltz was removed to form the town of Esopus. More of New Paltz was removed in order to form the towns of Rosendale (1844), Lloyd (1845), and Gardiner (1853).