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Location of Ellisburg in New York
Coordinates: 43°44′N 76°08′W / 43.733, -76.133Coordinates: 43°44′N 76°08′W / 43.733, -76.133
Country United States
State New York
County Jefferson
 • Type Town Council
 • Town Supervisor William H. Fulkerson (R)
 • Town Council
 • Total 86.6 sq mi (224 km2)
 • Land 85.3 sq mi (221 km2)
 • Water 1.3 sq mi (3 km2)  1.55%
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 3,474
 • Density 40/sq mi (15/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Ellisburg is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 3,474 at the 2010 census.[1] The town is in the southwestern corner of the county and is south of Watertown. Ellisburg is named after early European-American landowners. The town contains a village also called Ellisburg.

History Edit

The area of the present-day town was visited by Samuel de Champlain and other French explorers and missionaries in the 17th century. Prehistoric remains show evidence of indigenous occupation for thousands of years prior to European encounter. The St. Lawrence Iroquoians had villages along the upper St. Lawrence River in the late 1500s. Further south along the Great Lakes, the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy controlled territory.

Most of the Iroquois nations allied with the British during the American Revolutionary War. As a result of Great Britain's defeat, the United States forced the Iroquois to cede most of their territory in present-day New York, and the nations were resettled in Canada on reserves allocated by Great Britain.

Following the war, New York State made five million acres available for public purchase; land speculators bought large tracts of land for redevelopment. As part of such postwar development, Alexander Macomb bought thousands of acres in Macomb's Purchase. Thousands of migrants from New England flooded into upstate and western New York in the postwar years. Marvel and Lyman Ellis purchased the Town land from Macomb's Purchase and first settled around 1797 near Ellisburg village. Originally it was called "Ellisburgh."

The town was organized in 1803 from the town of Mexico (now in Oswego County) before the creation of Jefferson County.

When President Thomas Jefferson established the embargo against trade with Great Britain prior to the War of 1812, it adversely affected the thriving trade among the towns in upstate New York and Canada. The US Navy built and operated a major shipyard employing 3,000 workers at nearby Sackets Harbor, New York on Lake Ontario during the war. In 1814 during the War of 1812, a British invasion force was defeated at the Battle of Big Sandy Creek.

Settlers and developers had expected upstate New York to thrive due to trade with Canada. Following the War of 1812, the construction and opening of the Erie Canal through the Mohawk River Valley drew development westward, as New York City became linked with the commodities shipped from the Great Lakes area and Midwest. Towns of Jefferson County generally were bypassed by such western development, and many of their young people migrated west from the mid-nineteenth century. Watertown became a major industrial city at the turn of the twentieth century, due to its factories being powered by the change in grade on the river; it had a high number of millionaires per capita in those years.

The community of Belleville incorporated as a village. The community of Mannsville was incorporated as a village in 1879. Ellisburg village was incorporated in 1895. In 1930, Belleville abandoned its status as a village.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 86.6 square miles (224.3 km²), of which, 85.3 square miles (220.8 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (1.55%) is water.

The western boundary of Ellisburg is Lake Ontario, and the south town line is the border of Oswego County.

Interstate 81 passes through the east side of the town. US Route 11 runs parallel to and just east of the interstate. New York State Route 3, a north-south highway, runs down the west side of Ellisburg. New York State Route 193, an east-west highway, intersects north-south highway New York State Route 289 at Ellisburg village.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,541 people, 1,269 households, and 961 families residing in the town. The population density was 41.5 people per square mile (16.0/km²). There were 1,781 housing units at an average density of 20.9 per square mile (8.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.85% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 1,269 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,112, and the median income for a family was $40,903. Males had a median income of $31,184 versus $23,162 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,102. About 10.9% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Ellisburg Edit

Communities and settlementsEdit

  • Belleville – a hamlet in the north part of the town on NY-289 at County Road 75, next to Sandy Creek; formerly an incorporated village.
  • Cobbtown – a location southeast of Pierpont Manor.
  • Cobblestone Corners – a location in the south part of the town at the junction of County Roads 87 and 89.
  • Ellisburg – a village near the center of the town on NY-289.
  • Giddingsville – a hamlet on US Route 11 in the northeast part of the town by Sandy Creek.
  • Hammond Corners – a location at the junction of County Roads 75 and 78, north of Woodville.
  • Hossington – a hamlet near the north town line on County Road 91.
  • Jefferson Park – a lakeside hamlet northwest of Ellisburg village.
  • Mannsville – a village in the southeast part of the town on US-11 at County Road 90.
  • Montario Point – a lakeside hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • North Landing – a hamlet on NY-3 west of Ellisburg village. The Amos Wood House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.[4]
  • Pierrepont Manor – a hamlet east of Ellisburg village on US-11, first settled around 1805; birthplace of baseball player Frank Smith.
  • Rural Hill – a location in the northwest part of the town on County Road 79, named after early settlers, the Hill brothers; once known as "Buck Hill".
  • Saxe Corners – a hamlet northeast of Ellisburg village.
  • South Landing – a hamlet southwest of Ellisburg village on NY-3.
  • Taylor Settlement – a location in the northeast part of the town on County Road 91.
  • Wardwell Settlement (or Wardwell) – a hamlet in the northeast part of the town at County Roads 85 and 91, named after early landowner Colonel Wardwell.
  • Woodville – a hamlet northwest of Ellisburg village and located on the north branch of Sandy Creek; the community was originally called "Wood's Settlement" after an early pioneer family.

Geographical locationsEdit

  • Black Pond Wildlife Management Area – A conservation area located by Lake Ontario in the northwest corner of Ellisburg.
  • Colwell Hill – An elevation in the southwest part of Ellisburg near Montario Point.
  • Floodwood Pond – A small lake near the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Goose Pond – A small lake near the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Lakeview Pond – A small lake by the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Lakeview Wildlife Management Area – A conservation area located by Lake Ontario at the western edge of Ellisburg.
  • North Colwell Pond – A small lake by the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Sandy Creek – A stream flowing southwest through the town past Belleville, Hossington, and Woodville.
  • South Colwell Pond – A small lake by the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Southwick Beach State Park – A state park on the shore of Lake Ontario, located northwest of Ellisburg village.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Municipal Structures", Office of the State Comptroller
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 1/03/12 through 1/06/12. National Park Service. 2012-01-13. 

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