Harrietstown, New York

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Harrietstown is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The population was 5,575 at the 2000 census, much of it concentrated in the village of Saranac Lake.

The Town of Harrietstown is in the southeast corner of the county and is south of the Town of Brighton.



The area around Saranac Lake was first settled around 1819. Harrietstown was formed from the Town of Duane in 1841. At the end of the 19th century it became the location for sanatoria for the treatment of lung diseases, taking advantage of the clear mountain air.

By 1900, the area became a tourist area, assisted by the winter carnivals begun in 1898.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 213.6 square miles (553.4 km²), of which, 196.8 square miles (509.7 km²) of it is land and 16.8 square miles (43.6 km²) of it (7.88%) is water.

Harrietstown is inside the Adirondack Park.

The south town line is the border of Hamilton County and Essex County. The east town line is also on the border of Essex County.

New York State Route 3 runs east-west through the town, while New York State Route 30 and New York State Route 86 traverse the town running north-south. NY-3 and NY-30 joined at the west town line. New York State Route 186 connects NY-3 to NY-86.

The Raquette River is in the southwest part of Harrietstown.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,575 people, 2,544 households, and 1,340 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.3 people per square mile (10.9/km²). There were 3,417 housing units at an average density of 17.4/sq mi (6.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.22% White, 0.52% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

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