Our History

Austerlitz was organized from parts of the towns of Hillsdale, Chatham, and Canaan, March 28, 1818. A little more than one-fifteenth of the present town was taken from Chatham, a little over one-eighth from Canaan, and a little less than five-sixths from Hillsdale. This area was first settled in 1757 under a deed from Mohican Indians to 75 settlers, who established the proprietorship of Spencers Town, there being 12 Spencer families in the group. The Mohicans and the settlers thought Spencers Town was in the colony of Massachusetts Bay, but New York's jurisdiction was established before the Revolution.   

Special Events

NYS DMV Real ID, Enhanced or Standard?
What To Do?
A Town Hall Meeting…

Columbia County Clerk, Holly C. Tanner, is happy to present a Town Hall meeting on the issue of NYS licensing related to the Homeland Security Act. An informational session for town residents that will hopefully answer your questions about what you need.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00pm
Located at the Austerlitz Town Hall 816 Route 203 Spencertown, NY

All are welcome!

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