Lyme, New York

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Lyme is a town in Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 2,015 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Lyme is in the northwest part of the county and is west of Watertown.



Prehistoric occupation area is known from the Middle Woodland Period as the Point Peninsula Complex.

A common belief is that early explorers visited this town during the 16th Century.

Settlement began around 1802. Due to the large expanse of low-lying land, there was a great deal of sickness in the town.

During the War of 1812, the inhabitants built a fort, but tore it down after visiting British officials assured them no harm would come to them if they removed fortifications.

The town was organized from part of the Town of Brownville in 1818. In 1849, the northern part of Lyme was used to form the Town of Cape Vincent.

The Village of Chaumont set itself off from the town in 1874 by incorporation as a village.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 106.9 square miles (276.9 km²), of which, 56.1 square miles (145.3 km²) of it is land and 50.8 square miles (131.6 km²) of it (47.52%) is water.

The western boundary of Lyme is Lake Ontario, but most of the coastline comprises the shoreline of Chaumont Bay, which is totally within Lyme.

New York State Route 12E is an east-west highway through Lyme.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,015 people, 813 households, and 573 families residing in the town. The population density was 35.9 people per square mile (13.9/km²). There were 2,183 housing units at an average density of 38.9/sq mi (15.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.42% White, 1.14% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

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