Carthage, New York

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Carthage is a village located in the Town of Wilna in Jefferson County, New York. The population was 3,721 at the 2000 census. The village is named after the historic Carthage in North Africa.

The Village of Carthage is at the southeast town line and is east of Watertown.

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History

The original settlement was called "Long Falls" and was first settled around 1798.

Its claim to partial fame is that director John Carpenter was born here when his mother was visiting her sister. Mr. Carpenter was married to actress Adrienne Barbeau.

The village was incorporated in 1841.[citation needed] Carthage is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.[1]

In 1861, a major fire destroyed about twenty buildings in the village, and a smaller fire at the end of the year destroyed more property. A somewhat less destructive fire occurred in 1872. Another large fire in 1884 spread across the river from West Carthage and caused extensive damage, reducing more than 150 buildings to ruin. The State Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[2] In 2002, another fire destroyed eight buildings in the downtown area, displacing nearly 150 residents and leaving a pile of ruin.

Notable residents

Notable people born in or who have resided in Carthage:

  • John Carpenter, American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, composer, and occasional actor.
  • Casey Powell, Ryan Powell, and Mikey Powell, All-American lacrosse players at Syracuse University and Professional MLL lacrosse players.Casey Powell was born in 1976 in West Carthage Ny.He is a lacrosse player in the United States. In 2006 he was the captain of the WOrld Lacross Championship.Powell has played professional lacross since 2001. his first team he played for was the Long Island Lizards until 2003.In 2003 he was traded to Rochester Rattlers. Also September 2010 the St Andrews Schoolannounced that Casey Powellhas been hired as directorof the lacross programs for the school.He pplayed for syracuse lacross.In 1995he helped syracuse win the 1995 Ncaa national championship. His two younger brothers also carried on the tradition as lacross players as well.
  • Billy Jolie, author of the novel, The Lust Garden
  • Marcus Mastin, American author; writer of the "Carthage Chronicles" mystery series.Marcus J. Mastin was born in 1975 in carthage who now is a America Author whose books include the thriller Don't Pay the Ferryman. In 2005 Mastin also published a book of poetry called Weathering the Storm. Also in 2006 he contributed to the spring edition of the Black River review published by he Jefferson Community College, it included his poem Jekyll and Hyde. Also in 2007 Mastin released his third novel in the Carhtage Chronicles Revenge of the Reaper. He is the son of Tammy Sue and James Patrick Mastin. He and his family moved around several areas in Upstate New York until settling in Beaver Falls NY in 1989. Finally he attended Jefferson Community College at various times threw out the 1990s and the 2000s earning three associate degrees before he left in 2003.

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