Blooming Grove is a town in Orange County, New York. The population was 18,028 at the 2010 census. It is located in the central part of the county, southwest of Newburgh. Vincent Mathews was likely the earliest settler who purchased the Rip Van Dam patent in 1721, built a grist mill and named his settlement “Mathewsfield.” He is the father of David Mathews, a Loyalist who was Mayor of New York during the American Revolutionary War, and Fletcher Mathews, also a Loyalist and alleged abettor to schemes against the newly forming republic. The town of Blooming Grove was formed from the town of Cornwall in 1799. In 1830, the town of Hamptonburgh was established from part of Blooming Grove.
Another part of Blooming Grove was taken to form the town of Chester in 1845. The village of South Blooming Grove was incorporated in July, 2006. Andrew Jackson Davis, the “Poughkeepsie Seer”, was born in Blooming Grove in 1826.The Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville is the oldest continuously operating winery in the United States, having been established in 1839. According to United States Census Bureau data, the town has a total area of 35.3 square miles (91 km2), of which, 34.8 square miles (90 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) of it (1.42%) is water. Combined New York State Route 17– U.S. Route 6 pass through the south of Blooming Grove.
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