Hounsfield, New York

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Hounsfield is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 3,323 at the 2000 census. The name of the town is from Ezra Hounsfield, a land agent and land owner.

The Town of Hounsfield is in the western part of the county and is southwest of Watertown.



The first settler within the town arrived around 1800.

The land comprising the town was purchased by Augustus Sackett in 1801 from a foreclosure of two prior landowners. He took an active part in develping the town and increasing its population.

Hounsfield was formed from the Town of Watertown in 1806. The town and its citizens were deeply involved in the War of 1812, primarily due to the two battles that took place at Sackets Harbor.

In 1814, the community of Sackets Harbor, by Black River Bay, set itself off from the town be becoming and incorporated village.

Notable people from Hounsfield


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 120.4 square miles (311.9 km²), of which, 49.3 square miles (127.6 km²) of it is land and 71.2 square miles (184.3 km²) of it (59.09%) is water.

The northern boundary is the Black River and the western boundary is Lake Ontario. Mill Creek enters Black River Bay near Sackets Harbor.

New York State Route 3 is a north-south highway in the western part of Hounsfield. Interstate 81 crosses the southeast part of Hounsfield.


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