Castorland, New York

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Castorland is a village in the southeast part of the Town of Denmark in Lewis County, New York, United States; it is north of Lowville and southeast of Carthage. The population was 306 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from the scientific name for "Beaver".



The village name means "Land of the Beaver." The name stems from a colony of refugees from the French Revolution, established in 1792 to provide a new home away from the violence in France. The land, 210,000 acres (850 km2), was originally part of Macomb's Purchase. It was purchased by La Compagnie de New York. "Castorland" is a literal translation of the old Indian name of the area, Couch-sach-ra-ga.[1] Due to many reverses, including harsh winters, poor planning, loss of livestock and funds, the colony was dissolved in 1814. Many of the original settlers from the Castorland colony returned to Europe or moved to larger communities.


Castorland is located at 43°53′15″N 75°30′50″W / 43.8875°N 75.51389°W / 43.8875; -75.51389 (43.887379, -75.514002)[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.

The village is west of the Black River, near the point where the Beaver River enters.

The village is located on New York State Route 410.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 306 people, 115 households, and 74 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,084.5 people per square mile (422.0/km²). There were 136 housing units at an average density of 482.0/sq mi (187.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.06% White, 0.65% African American, 0.33% Asian, 0.33% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.

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