Edmeston, New York

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Edmeston is a town located in Otsego County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,824.

The Town of Edmeston is at the western county line. Edmeston is also the name of the largest hamlet in the town. The town is south of Utica.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.6 square miles (115.5 km²), of which, 44.5 square miles (115.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.11% water. The major water features are:

  • the Unadilla River, which forms the entire western border of the town,
  • Wharton Creek, which meanders to the south and west through the southeastern corner of the town,
  • Mill Creek, which flows from north to south from the northern border of Edmeston to the Wharton Creek at the Edmeston hamlet.
  • Summit Lake in the northeastern corner of the town.

The elevation of the town varies by about 800 feet (240 m): from just under 1,100 feet (340 m) above sea level at the Unadilla River in the southwest corner of the town, to just over 1,900 feet (580 m) at peaks near Taylor Hill and Summit Lake in the northeast corner.

New York State Route 80 Passes through the southeast part of the town.

History

The town of Edmeston, in Otsego County, extends to the West as far as the Unadilla River, a line that was established by the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix between the British and the Iroquois, negotiated by Sir William Johnson. The town's name came from the brothers, Robert and William Edmeston, who had been granted 10,000 acres (40 km²) of land in what is now the northwest corner of the town. The hamlets of West Edmeston and South Edmeston are situated in the Unadilla Valley, while the hamlet of Edmeston lies in the Wharton Valley. Earlier settlers came from New England; for most of the settlers, it was planned as a stopover on their way west. A strong Baptist influence came with the settlers. Universalists, Methodists and Roman Catholics soon arrived.

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