Blue Store


Columbia County

New York

By Captain Franklin Ellis410


    Blue Store near the southwest line of the town, where the Highland turnpike intersects the post-road, is a hamlet containing half a dozen houses.  About the present century there was a store and tavern at this place painted blue, which gave the name to the locality.  W. T. Livingston and Leonard Ten Broeck were some of the early proprietors, and at a later period John Ring and others.  The place was widely and favorably known, and was one of the principal stopping-places on the Albany road.  Before 1829 Henry Baker had a store on the opposite side of the street, which was afterwards kept by various parties, but long since became a tenement.  The tavern became the property of Caleb Washburn in 1836, and in 1840 was demolished to give place for the present well-appointed hotel, which, since 1846, has been kept by William H. Washburn.

     A Post-office was established in this place, May 22, 1871, which, since Jan. 1, 1878, has been supplied with a daily mail.

     Dr. Benedict A. Wicks is located here as a physician.  the place has also several mechanic shops.