The region was essentially divided in two by a tributary that flowed into the Hudson River. The northern area was largely untouched by civilization, its elevated terrain populated by beavers and black bears.
South of the tributary stood the settlement itself, easily recognized from afar due to the ship that had been beached near the port. Boasting a harbormaster's station and a general store, St. Nicolas was taken by the British, who were aided in this endeavor by Templar Shay Cormac, during the Seven Years' War.
- The town is named after Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe.