Cincinnatus, New York

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Cincinnatus is a town in Cortland County, New York, U.S. The population was 1,051 at the 2000 census. The town is named after an important Roman general, Cincinnatus.

The Town of Cincinnatus is in the eastern part of the county and is east of the City of Cortland.

More about the Town of Cincinnatus



The region was part of the Central New York Military Tract used to pay soldiers of the American Revolution. One of the townships was named Cincinnatus. Members of the Oneida tribe persisted in the town during its early history.

The town was first settled around 1795. It was one of the original six town of Cortland County. The town was formed from the Town of Solon in 1804. In 1818, Cincinnatus was split so that part of its territory was used to create the Towns of Freetown, Willet, and Marathon.

Notable residents

The town is the birthplace of Elmer Ambrose Sperry, one of the inventors of the gyrocompass.

Historic district

The Cincinnatus Historic District, consisting of 14 properties, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.http:


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.5 square miles (66.0 km²), of which, 25.4 square miles (65.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Chenango County.

The Otselic River valley is central to the town.

New York State Route 26 is a north-south highway in Cincinnatus, which conjoins New York State Route 41 near the town center. New York State Route 23 intersects NY-26 south of Cincinnatus village.

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