Minerva, New York

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Minerva is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 796 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Minerva, goddess of wisdom.

The Town of Minerva is located in the southwest corner of the county. It is 39 miles (63 km) north-northwest of Queensbury, NY, 60 miles (97 km) from Burlington, VT,[1] 66 miles (106 km) south of Plattsburgh, NY,[2] 83 miles (133 km) north of Albany, NY, 118 (190 km) miles south of Montreal, Quebec[3]



The town was first settled around 1804 in the southeast part of Minerva, which has remained the center of the town's population.

The town was formed from part of the Town of Schroon in 1817. Part of Minerva used to be part of the Town of Newcomb until 1828. In 1870, Minerva was increased with territory taken from the Town of Schroon.

Notable residents

American Revolutionary War soldier Ebenezer West and his five sons founded the town.[4] Winslow Homer, painter, was a summer visitor for several years.[citation needed] Theodore Roosevelt had a summer home here.[citation needed] Francis Donnelly was the nation's longest serving Town Supervisor; he served from 1934 until his death in 1980.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 162.1 square miles (419.9 km²), of which, 158.6 square miles (410.9 km²) of it is land and 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²) of it (2.15%) is water.

The northern part of the Hudson River forms part of the western boundary of the town. The west town line is the border of Hamilton County and the south town line is the border of Warren County. The Indian River and Boreas River flow into the Hudson in the southwest part of Minerva.

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