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Oblong Books & Music began as Oblong Books & Records in Millerton, NY in October 1975. In 2001, we opened a second location in Rhinebeck. We are proud to have the largest independent book and music stores in the Hudson Valley.
Oblong takes its name from a historic district created when the colonies of New York and Connecticut each conducted surveys to establish a border 20 miles from the Hudson River. The surveys, done in the late 1600s, differed by nearly two miles. Both states laid claim to this strip of land, extending through Dutchess County south to Westchester County. Because of its long, narrow shape this territory was called "The Oblong." For decades "The Oblong" was an outlaw territory where neither colony had reliable legal jurisdiction.
In 1731 a treaty was signed giving "The Oblong" to New York with Connecticut gaining an equal amount of land from New York in its southwestern corner. It wasn't until 1857, however, that both states finally ratified the border agreement.
Oblong Books & Music is heavily involved in our local communities. For more information, or to learn how you can work with us on a fundraiser, visit our community page.
Store illustrations by book designer Andrew Brozyna.