Martinsburg, New York

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Martinsburg is a town in Lewis County, New York, United States. The population was 1,249 at the 2000 census. The town is named after founding father, Walter Martin.

The Town of Martinsburg is in the west-central part of the county, south of Lowville, the county seat.



Settlers began arriving around 1801.

Martinsburg was established from part of the Town of Turin in 1803. When it was formed the town name was spelled "Martinsburgh." In 1819, the town was augmented by more of Turin.

The community of Martinsburg in the town was the county seat for Lewis County until 1864, when it moved to Lowville. The town hall in Martinsburg, built in 1812, is the site of the first county court session, held the same year. In 1839, it was the site of the only execution in the county.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 76.1 square miles (197.1 km²), of which, 75.8 square miles (196.3 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²) of it (0.39%) is water.

The east town line is the Black River. The western part of Martinsburg is on the Tug Hill Plateau.

New York State Route 12 and New York State Route 26 are north-south highways through the town with NY-12 being the more easterly route.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,249 people, 473 households, and 347 families residing in the town. The population density was 16.5 people per square mile (6.4/km²). There were 627 housing units at an average density of 8.3/sq mi (3.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.00% White, 0.48% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.24% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

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