Stamford is a village in Delaware County, New York, United States. Population in 2012: 1,105 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -12.6% (Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Stamford-New-York.html#ixzz2fuNTBbYz.) The Village of Stamford is located partly in the Town of Stamford and partly in the Town of Harpersfield. The village is on routes 23 and 10. The village has termed itself the “Queen of the Catskills.”
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE VILLAGE OF STAMFORD AREA
- Hiking/Site seeing
- Hang Gliding
- Camping/Public Gathering (Park Use Form Required)
- Public Gathering (Park Use Form Required)
Indian Trail Park:
- Courts: Tennis, Basketball and Handball
- Little League Baseball Field (Park Use Form Required)
- Playground (Toddlers to age 12)
Archibald “Sports” Field:
- Fields: Soccer and Baseball (Park Use Form Required)
Stamford Golf Club:
THE MYSTERY OF THE UTSAYANTHA LEGEND
By Fred Wickert
Just outside of the village of Stamford, New York, once known as “the Queen of the Catskills,” there rises a large mountain, among the taller of the Catskill Mountains. On New York State Route 10 just northeast of the village on Lake Street is a lake. Both the mountain and the lake bear the name Utsayantha.
When one hears the name, one wonders where that name came from and why it is called that. Inquiry will find that there are several versions of the reason why, but all versions have a common thread. That is that they were named after an Indian Princess, and that there was a tragedy concerning her.
SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH
I knew there had to be a story somewhere. A mountain and a lake could not have been named Utsayantha without good reason. I determined to find out the truth of the legend and which version was true, if any, and if not, to learn what the real truth is.
I spent three years reading everything I could find on the subject. I also made inquiries of Indians themselves, among those knowledgeable of the old Indian legends of the area. I inquired from both Mohawks and Senecas as they were both known to have come into the area. It is known that the famed Chief of the Revolution, Joseph Brandt considered the area his favorite hunting area. There was nothing to be learned about Utsayantha from them. I also knew the Mohicans was in this area, but there are none left that I know of to get information from.
Eventually, after three years of searching, I believe I now have the real true story of Utsayantha, where she came from, who she was and why the mountain and the lake were named for her.
THE TRUE STORY…..