Brushton, New York

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Brushton is a village in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 479 at the 2000 census. The village is named after Henry Brush, a land owner.

The Village of Brushton in located in the Town of Moira and is west of the Village of Malone, the county seat.



The village took its name from Brush's Mills, which were located on the Little Salmon River. The mills were purchased by Mr. Henry N. Brush in 1835 and the hamlet was officially named Brushton on October 1, 1877.

From Frederick Seaver's "Historical Sketches of Franklin County, NY" (1918), p. 519: "The industrial enterprises of Moira were never numerous or large. The community is distinctively agricultural, but with two small unincorporated villages -- Brushton and Moira. Each is a station on the Rutland Railroad, and each is on an improved trunk-line highway. Almost with the first settlement in the town, Appleton Foote, as the agent of Gilchrist and Fowler, erected a saw mill at what is now Brushton, and a grist mill there in the year following, which was displaced by the present stone mill in 1823, built by Robert Watts, and later improved and enlarged by Henry N. Brush."

And Seaver, p. 518: "Henry N. Brush located at Brush's Mills (now Brushton) in 1835. He was a man of finished education, an engaging public speaker, and a man of strong parts. ... His holdings of land were large, and the business and industrial development of the eastern part of Moira were due largely to his activities. He died in 1872."

Brush's son, Henry Corbin Brush was born in Brush's Mills in 1838 and was the inventor of the Brush Trolling Spoon shallow-running submersible fishing lure.[1]


Brushton is located at 44°49′51″N 74°30′52″W / 44.83083°N 74.51444°W / 44.83083; -74.51444 (44.830736, -74.514341)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.

Brushton is located on US Route 11 (Washington Street) at the junction of County Road 8 (Fay-Brushton Road/Farm-To-Market rd.). On US-11, the community of Moira is to the west and the community of North Bangor is to the east.

The Little Salmon River flows through the village.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 479 people, 213 households, and 119 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,727.2 people per square mile (660.5/km²). There were 250 housing units at an average density of 901.4/sq mi (344.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.33% White, 0.42% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.42% Asian, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population. This works out to be 471 Whites, two African Americans, one Native American, two Asians, and six Hispanics or Latinos.

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