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- Mahopac is a hamelet in the town of Carmel. The hamlet of Mahopac encircles a picturesque 587-acre lake, from which it draws its name. The lake contains three islands, Fairy, Petra, and Canopus, all privately owned. Fairy Island sports multiple homes accessible via a short causeway; Petra boasts the Massaro House, a single Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired residence owned by Joseph Massaro, the A. K. Chahroudi Cottage; and Canopus has undeveloped land available for purchase. Boating, fishing and other water sports are permitted on the lake. Slips and support services are provided by two marinas.
Originally inhabited by the Wappinger Native Americans, an Algonquian tribe, the hamlet’s land was patented in 1697 by Adolphus Philipse, son of a wealthy Anglo-Dutch gentryman. During the French and Indian War, Wappingers throughout Putnam County traveled north to Massachusetts to fight for the British.
Although no battles were fought in Mahopac during the American Revolution, the area was strategically important due to its location. With troop encampments in nearby Patterson, Yorktown, West Point, and Danbury, Connecticut, it was a cross-roads between key Colonial garrisons. Soldiers were stationed in Mahopac Falls to guard the Red Mills, an important center for grinding grain and storing flour for the American troops.
The locale remained primarily a summer resort until after World War II, when nearby highways such as the Taconic State and Saw Mill River parkways began to make travel by automobile convenient. With the passing of the last passenger service to Mahopac in 1959, the hamlet evolved into a year-round community, many of its residents making the commute to New York City.
COFFEE & COMMERCE
Built in the spring of 1872, The Freight House was the first building constructed for the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad branch. This line serviced freight and passengers from Goldens Bridge to Grand Central Terminal for more than fifty years. One hundred years later, the owner, Donna Massaro, was born into this little hamlet of Carmel with a dream to one day serve her community through food. This incredible building fell upon her like a block of ice kept frozen in saw dust (which is how local milk was transported to NYC) so she hopped aboard. With the support of family, friends and local businesses, Donna’s dream became a reality. She welcomes you to share in a piece of history, savor a cup of coffee and some homemade food. Sit, relax and enjoy Mahopac like never before.
SYCAMORE PARK – 790 Long Pond Rd, Mahopac
Sycamore Park, situated between Long Pond and Long Pond Road in Mahopac, is the center where the Carmel Recreation and Parks Department operates. The park consists of 32 acres, 18 of which are developed fully for water and land activities. The park contains four tennis courts, a baseball/football field, spacious beach, picnic and playground areas, paddle ball/hand ball court and a concession/refreshment stand. The picnic area has grills and tables convenient for gatherings of substantial size (100). The playground area has many features for children; swings, slides, tunnels and monkey bars are safely placed within the 5,700-sq. ft. sandbox.
VOLZ PARK – 81 Crest Dr, Mahopac
Volz Park is a 15-acre passive park located at the top of Crest Drive in the Mahopac Hamlet. It was donated by Joseph and Aurelia Volz and was dedicated in their memory on October 30, 2004. The entrance of the park has beautiful stone pillars and hand crafted rod iron gates. There are amazing views of Lake Mahopac and future development of the park will bring in walking trails, information boards and other amenities to complete the park.
The Mahopac Central School District mission is to ensure that every student in our schools acquire the skills, knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills that will permit him or her to operate effectively in the broader community and lead a successful productive life in a changing world.
The Hamlet serves three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
For more information regarding town departments, boards & committees, town resources, and additional benefits for Seniors please visit the town’s website.