Ashland, Chemung County, New York

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Ashland is a town in Chemung County, New York, USA. The population was 1,951 at the 2000 census. The town is named after the home of Henry Clay.

The Town of Ashland is on the south border of the county, south of Elmira, New York. It is part of the 'Elmira, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area'.



In 1779 the Battle of Newtown, a consequence of the Sullivan Expedition, was fought in the north part of the town.

The first settlers arrived around 1788. The Town of Ashland was formed in 1867 from the parts of the Towns of Chemung, Elmira and Southport. The founders of the town wanted to name it after a prominent citizen, R.C. Lockwood, but he suggested the name "Ashland." Ashland was the last town created in Chemung County.

Growing and shipping tobacco was a popular endeavor after 1858.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.5 square miles (37.6 km²), of which, 14.1 square miles (36.6 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (2.55%) is water.

The Chemung River flows across the town. The south town line of Ashland is the border of Pennsylvania.

New York State Route 14, New York State Route 17, and New York State Route 427 are highways in the town. New York State Route 367 is a short state highway near Wellsburg.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,951 people, 785 households, and 518 families residing in the town. The population density was 138.0 people per square mile (53.3/km²). There were 839 housing units at an average density of 59.3/sq mi (22.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.51% White, 0.36% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

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