Barrington, New York

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Barrington is a town in Yates County, New York, United States. The population was 1,396 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Barrington is located in the south part of the county and is south of Geneva, New York.

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History

The first settler arrived around 1800, but no others arrived for several years. The land of the town was once part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.

The town was established in 1822 while still part of Steuben County from the Towns of Reading and Wayne. In 1826, Barrington was made part of Yates County, a year after the creation of the county.

In 1865, a mineral spring was discovered in the south part of the county, leading to the development of Crystal Spring.

Barrington was the home of two locally renowned country and western bands, The Barrington Ridge Runners (1940-1960) and The Hill and Valley Boys (1957-1967). Most members of these bands were direct descendants of the first settlers of Barrington. The band included Dayton Knapp, Wilfred Knapp, James Knapp, Carl Schlappi, and Robert Lashier. Dayton Knapp's youngest son Robert sang Blue Suede Shoes at the New York State Fair when he was 5 years old in 1955. There are three surviving members of the Ridge Runners (James Knapp, Carl Schlappi, and Robert Lashier). Three members of the Hill and Valley Boys (Larry Knapp, David Knapp and Charles Martz) are still actively playing BlueGrass music.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.0 square miles (96.0 km²), of which, 35.7 square miles (92.4 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (3.70%) is water.

The west town line is delineated by Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. The south town line is the border of Schuyler County. Yates county shares a small common border in the southwest with Steuben County.

New York State Route 54 runs in a north-south direction along Keuka Lake. New York State Route 14A, another north-south highway, intersects New York State Route 230 in the eastern part of the town.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,396 people, 490 households, and 381 families residing in the town. The population density was 39.1 people per square mile (15.1/km²). There were 900 housing units at an average density of 25.2/sq mi (9.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.85% White, 0.29% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.14% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

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