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HAMILTON: This tiny historic Central New York town, home to a village by the same name, was founded in 1795 as Payne’s Settlement. Today it is perhaps best known as the location of prestigious Colgate University. Crime rates are markedly lower than the national average and despite being a college town, the rate of homeownership is more than 60%. The Village Green offers local eateries and merchants as well as some of the area’s most historic homes. Neighbors gather for fundraisers, holiday parties, safety awareness events, holiday charities and fitness groups, according to Nextdoor.com/Hamilton/Hamilton/NY   See more about Hamilton.

Recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Friendliest Towns (2017)

With its quaint population of 6,690 (2010), Hamilton, NY has been rated by Forbes number eleven in their list of “America’s Friendliest Towns”. See more on Forbes.com

Something For Everyone

The town of Hamilton has a little something for visitors and residents. There are many community and university activities such as music, theater, art exhibits, films, lectures, and social events. Also, every Saturday morning from May through October there is a Farmers’ Market on the Village Green. Other than community events Hamilton has a fiscally responsible local government, excellent public schools (See below), and an executive conference center. There are also, numerous churches and social organizations. *Two other places for Hamilton is the Community Memorial Hospital and the Hamilton Municipal Airport.*

Outdoor Recreation

Hamilton has much to offer and one of its biggest offers is the amount of land everywhere for outdoor activities. There are many places for fishing, boating, hunting, hiking, and even equestrian trails. Many parcels of land are also available for reasonable prices, ideal for development, hunting, or recreational use. Also, in August the largest outdoor antique show in New York is held in nearby Madison/Bouckville where more than 100 dealers come to sell antiques within a five mile radius. Click the photo to view a gallery of Hamilton Village in the Fall shot by Andrew Turner.

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Located on the shores of Cazenovia Lake in Central New York. Founded in 1793 by John Lincklaen, who built the Lorenzo mansion at the south end of the lake, the village still teems with history. A walk down Albany Street reveals the village’s historic architecture; you don’t have to go too far to see its beauty. This site is a community resource, and we welcome its exploration.  Home to Cazenovia CollegeLorenzo State Historic Site features many of the Lincklaen family’s original furniture, documents and other artifacts about the life of Lincklaen and his descendants. Many other fine restaurants, shops and parks, including Stone Quarry Hill Art Park


Nelson is home to the Nelson Odeon,  The historic Nelson Grange building converted into the The Nelson Odeon, a renovated small community-minded center for performances, nestled in the scenic rolling hills just to the east of Syracuse. Along with promoting local music from across upstate New York, one of the Odeon’s main missions is in bringing well respected regional, national, and international acts to the Central New York area to play for music lovers and music discoverers alike.
Nelson Farms provides entrepreneurial agri-business opportunities for specialty food processors, farmers, growers, and producers. Opportunities include: processing, product development, distribution, marketing & sales, and more.
The Welsh Church structure was built in 1876, and until about 1908, Welsh was the only language used in the church. Today, the church is lovingly maintained by a few dedicated descendants of the founders and others. All are welcome to see its original fixtures, including the pump organ (used every Sunday).
Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center offers equipment and rehabilitation techniques to keep healthy horses conditioned and to help injured equine athletes recover post injury or post-surgery, it is one of the very few publicly accessible equine rehabilitation facilities in the Northeast.

MORRISVILLE-EATON: Historically, the Town of Eaton, which includes the hamlets of Eaton, West Eaton, and Pratts Hollow, as well as the Village of Morrisville, is known for its industry and innovation, as well as the many scenic ponds, lakes and reservoirs located in the area. The Town of Eaton is home to several man-made lakes, including Lelands Pond, Hatch Lake, Bradley Brook Reservoir, and a portion of Eatonbrook Reservoir. Originally built to support the Erie and Chenango canal systems of the 19th century. Home of Morrisville State College, Cornell Cooperative ExtensionCommunity Action Program for Madison County, Historic Madison Hall, and Madison County Office for the Aging See more about Eaton

MADISON/BOUCKVILLE: is loaded with antique shops, nice eateries and is home to the Madison Bouckville Antique Week in mid August. It is the largest antique event in New York State and one of the largest outdoor events in the country. Lake Moraine offers a public boat launch and is a popular fishing site. See more about Madison.


Recent infrastructure development has included a new Municipal Hall (2002), and state-of-the-art Waterville Public Library with formal gardens (2006) and 19 kW photovoltaic solar array (2009).  The Barton-Brown Observatory, a joint venture of the Waterville Public Library and Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society, opened in 2012 on the grounds of the Library. The Observatory houses two large, research grade telescopes and hosts monthly stargazing events open to the public.
Waterville was considered the “Hops Capital of the World.”[6] Several inventions related to the cultivation and curing of hops were developed locally, the most important of which was liquid hop extract. The Loomis Gang, a notorious group of horse thieves, lived and operated in the Waterville area during the mid-nineteenth century.[6] Beyond documented history, there is much folklore associated with the Loomis family, including legends of ghosts that haunt the Nine Mile Swamp area located one mile south of Waterville.

BROOKFIELD: remains true to its history as a rural town whose primary occupation is agriculture.  It is 78 square miles in size, with a 2010 population of 2926 people. Dairy farming is the largest sector, followed by beef farm, horse farms and specialty farms. Brookfield is home of the Madison County Fair in mid-July and the highly acclaimed Brookfield Trail System which has over 130 miles of horse and snowmobile trails set throughout three state forests (Charles Baker State Forest, Brookfield Railroad State Forest, and Beaver Creek State Forest). These three forests collectively provide 13,750 acres of public reforestation lands for multiple recreation purposes. See more about Brookfield.


DEFUYTER: Located in the heart of Central New York on State Route 13 in the southwest corner of Madison County.  The Village of DeRuyter is about 20 miles northeast of Cortland and about 30 miles southeast of Syracuse. The east branch of the Tioughnioga River flows through the Town. DeRuyter Lake which is about 2 miles long and 3/4’s of a mile wide at its widest point, is located 3 miles north of the Village. The Town has an official 2010 population of 1,589 (Village population of 558) which swells with seasonal lake residents during the summer months. See more about DeRuyter.

EARLVILLE: “Small Town USA” Is home to the historic Earlville Opera House, an arts center which enriches the Central New York community through the visual and performing arts while preserving its historic building. See more about Earlville.

SHERBURNE: The Pageant of Bands and the Sherburne Arts Festival are two annual events featured in Sherburne. Lok-N-Logs, Purina, and Sherburne Machine Development are a few of the businesses located in Sherburne. See more about Sherburne.