Savannah, New York

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Savannah is a town in the southeast portion of Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 1,838 at the 2000 census.[1] Savannah is west of Syracuse, New York. Because of the extensive swamps, the town is a popular location for hunting and fishing.[citation needed]



Fort Hill, located on the highest land in the town, is a historic native village and was the site of a Jesuit mission in the 17th Century, built by the remains of an earlier, "Owasco," village. Like other nearby towns, Savannah was part of the Central New York Military Tract. Settlers arrived in more modern times around 1808, but Savannah is considered to be the last town in the county that was settled.

The Town of Savannah was created from the Town of Galen on November 4, 1824.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.2 square miles (93.7 km²), of which, 36.0 square miles (93.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.53%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Cayuga County, and the south town line is the border of Seneca County.

New York State Route 31, an east-west highway, is partly conjoined with New York State Route 89, a north-south highway in the town.

This swamp-ridden area north of Cayuga Lake has several conservation areas, including Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, located south of the Town of Savannah.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,838 people, 666 households, and 486 families residing in the town. The population density was 51.1 people per square mile (19.7/km²). There were 714 housing units at an average density of 19.8/sq mi (7.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.59% White, 2.01% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

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