Hancock, New York is an area located at the edge of the famed Catskill Mountains, in the Southern Tier of New York, at the confluence of the East and West Branches of the Delaware River, the beginning of the Upper Delaware River, which forms the border of New York State and Pennsylvania. Hancock is an Incorporated Village of approximately 1,500 people, surrounded by the Town of Hancock, which includes an additional 1,500 inhabitants; Both of which lies within the bounds of Delaware County.
For industry, Hancock was built upon, and still today relies on its many natural resources, such as timber, Bluestone and its mountains and rivers.
Some of the finest hardwood timber grows and is harvested here, is shipped all over the world, and is used to make everything from furniture to baseball bats.
Bluestone mining is an industry that has existed here for generations, and continues to flourish as modern technology is utilized in the production and distribution of this “blue gold”.
Tourism and recreation continue as fishermen congregate at the rivers in order to catch the elusive but plentiful Rainbow and Brown Trout, hunters take to the woods in search of Whitetail deer, wild turkey and the numerous small game. Others come to hike through or tour the mountains with all-terrain vehicles, or to float the Delaware in a canoe as the original inhabitants of this area once did.
Besides local residents, Hancock has many weekend and seasonal homeowners and visitors, and is a haven for those tired of the frantic pace of the Metropolitan area. For decades, in fact, people have been relocating here from downstate, many upon retirement, and spent the remainder of their days enjoying this beautiful countryside.
Whatever the reason, come take a visit and experience for yourself the beautiful area know as Hancock, New York.