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Jefferson County - Jefferson County is located in the northern tier of New York State at the juncture of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. We are known for diverse natural resources, dozens of welcoming small communities and hamlets, a bountiful agriculture sector, and the world class 1000 Islands tourism region. We are the home of the U.S. Army's Fort Drum and embrace our military soldiers and families as valued friends and neighbors in our County.
City of Watertown
Renowned for its Public Square, Watertown welcomes you to northern New York. Settled in 1800 and incorporated as a city in 1869, Watertown is located just 25 miles south of the Canadian border and 70 miles north of Syracuse. The city developed as an industrial center because of the hydro power available from the Black River, however much of the industry is now gone. Although the population of Watertown is 26,700, the daytime population doubles, as Watertown is still the regional center for government and commerce serving the entire north country region. Watertown is Jefferson County's largest community and in addition to being the county seat, it is the host community for Jefferson Community College.
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Town of Clayton
The Town of Clayton is a vibrant and growing community. We have beautiful landscapes, generous citizenry, superb volunteers, superior schools, excellent not-for-profits and locally owned and operated businesses, along with a professional and dedicated local government. Together, all of these factors move to strengthen our community identity and sense of place through preserving and building upon Clayton’s heritage.
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Town of LeRay
LeRay is a Town in central northern Jefferson County in northern New York State, organized in 1806. The Village of Evans Mills and part of the Village of Black River are located within the Town as is the main cantonment area of Fort Drum, home of the U S Army’s 10th Mountain Division.
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Town of Orleans
The principal hamlet of the Town of Orleans is LaFargeville, named for the early proprietor of the town. Originally called Log Mills, it is the site of a once impressive stone mansion, now in ruins, built by Mr. La Farge.
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Village of Carthage
The historic Village of Carthage is located on the Black River just a few miles from Fort Drum. We offer a state-of-the-art hospital; excellent school system; diverse mix of private homes and rental units; emergency services; thriving businesses, diverse churches; and a warm community atmosphere.
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Village of Sackets Harbor
Overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario, Sackets Harbor offers year round activities for the whole family. Sheltered on Black River Bay, the village is one of New York State’s Heritage Areas with exceptional historic attractions and beautifully tree-lined streets.
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Village of West Carthage
Located in Northern New York on the banks of the Black River, the Village of West Carthage was incorporated in 1889. Originally a paper mill village, we are now home to a variety of enterprises including retail stores, manufacturing, tourism and many small businesses.
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Village of Gouverneur
The Village of Gouverneur is rich in history and tradition. This site is designed to inform the public of the many assets in this village, from the village government offices that maintain the ongoing business of the village to the recreational opportunities right here in Gouverneur NY
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Sunset on the St. Lawrence River