Heuvelton, New York

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Heuvelton is a small rural, incorporated, village located in St. Lawrence County in the state of New York in the United States of America. It is situated about six miles southeast of the city of Ogdensburg, in the Town of Oswegatchie. It is the only village in the town. Route 812 bisects the village, and is named State Street within the village boundaries. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 804.

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History

Prior to settlement, a Native American tribe called the "Oswegatchie" inhabited the local area. The settlement that became Heuvelton, N.Y. was originally named "Fordsburgh" after Nathan Ford, the man who has since become known as the "Father of St. Lawrence County". He is known to have established a second home in the village (principal home in Ogdensburg) and assisted in some of the area's early development. Early on, the location was also called "East Branch," in reference to its location on the east branch of the Oswegatchie River. The current name was assumed in 1832 to honor Jacob Vanden Heuvel who invested in several extensive improvements including mill construction, marking the first notable economic growth in the early community.[1]

The McCadam Cheese Company was founded in Heuvelton, NY in 1876 by William McCadam. The Heuvelton packaging plant recently closed, though McCadam Cheese maintains a presence in New York with its main production plant located in Chateaugay, New York.[2]

Landmarks

The Heuvelton Deli, situated on the northern outskirts of the village along route 812, has been a mainstay for pizza and subs for generations.

Pickens General Store, which sells local Amish-made goods and non electric products, is located in the historic Pickens Hall. This three story stone structure, built in 1858 by John Pickens, boasts a former music hall on the third floor. This music hall is where the builder's twin grand-daughters (Bessie and Jessie Pickens) once performed as opera singers under the stage name "The Abbot Sisters". The building is currently undergoing renovation by the nonprofit, Heuvelton Historical Association.[3]

Located within the village limits is a hydroelectric dam that is positioned just upstream from the bridge which carries route 812 across the Oswegatchie River. The dam is owned by Erie Boulevard Hydropower LP, and has a generation capacity of approximately 1 megawatt.

Heuvelton is home to a variety of religious denominations, which includes the following churches: 1. St. Raphael's Catholic Church. 2. Heuvelton First Presbyterian Church. 3. Heuvelton Wesleyan Church. 4. United Methodist Church.

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