There is a small town in Columbia County New York where everyone seems to have a different pronunciation for. Which one is correct and which ones seem to be wrong? To be honest it all depends on who you speak to and if they 'grew up there' or not.

The first time I saw this town's name, I was driving north into to Columbia County, with the person I would soon marry, to meet his parents. They lived in Ghent (gent) NY, to get there on the route we were taking we had to pass through this town, that looks to me like it would be pronounced one way, but when my soon-to-be husband said the name of the town, it didn't match what I was reading on the sign.

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What is the town in Columbia County NY that no one knows how to pronounce?

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The town in which I speak is Claverack NY. Oh, yes, I know I am about to open up a huge can of worms. How do you pronounce this town? There are pretty much three different ways to say it.

  • Clar-verk, Is this the correct way? This is the way that it was said to me, and I was like 'Huh?' How do you get that annunciation from the way that it is spelled? This is the way that my husband's family (who grew up in Columbia County) said that it is supposed to be pronounced.
  • Cla-ver-ack. That would make sense, right? It is the way that you might think it is pronounced if you have never heard a 'native' say it.
  • Clav-rack. This is the way that I have heard people from Northern Columbia County say it. Almost akin to the Aff-lack duck but Clav-Rack.

What is the correct way to say Claverack New York?

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How do you say it? Feel free to weigh in on the conversation, especially if you pronounce it in a completely different way than listed above. Thank you!

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Cheese production is a big business in Upstate New York. In fact, the Empire State is the fifth largest cheese-producing state in the US (Wisconsin is #1 of course).

What many don't know is that New York actually used to be one of the most dominant states in terms of cheese-making in the country. That was about 150 years back at this point. But there are still tons of delicious cheeses being produced in our state and we want to show them off.

Here are 14 of the best gourmet cheese shops in Upstate New York.

We hope you will visit them and when you do, don't forget to ...."say cheese!"

While you are out on your next adventure, check out these old firehouses and train stations that are now restaurants

The time comes in every small town in Upstate New York when they must look to giving up the ghost with their old train stations and firehouses. Time has passed these important places for the most part, and (in the case of the old firehouses), new, more modern ones must be built.

So, what to do with the old buildings?

Well, many communities have sold off their "old stock" of train depots and fire stations to private citizens who have breathed new life into the structures as modern, delicious, and very popular restaurants.

Here are some very old train depots and fire stations (some more than 150 years old), that
are now vital places in their communities, serving up delicious meals, a place for high-end cocktails, a venue for live entertainment, and more. And to the credit of almost each of these listed in this gallery, they have all managed to modernize these old buildings while leaving important nuances reflecting back on the DNA of their past, back to when the conductor used to holler "All Aboard" and to when the fire trucks barreled out the huge front doors answering the call in the neighborhood.

I think you will enjoy this list!