Summerhill, New York

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Summerhill is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 1,098 at the 2000 census. The current town name is that of a location in Ireland.

The Town of Summerhill is in the southeast corner of the county and is northeast of Ithaca, New York.



Prior to the American Revolution, this area was part of the territory of the Onondaga (tribe). Afterwards, Summerhill was part of the Central New York Military Tract, land reserved for veterans. The first settler arrived around 1797.

The town was founded in 1831 from the Town of Locke originally as the "Town of Plato," but the name was changed to Summerhill in 1832 to avoid conflict with the name of another location.

Much of the town was re-forested by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Notable residents of Summerhill

  • Town of Summerhill is the present location of the birthplace of President Millard Fillmore. Fillmore was born in the historical Town of Locke, from which the Town of Summerhill was created.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.0 square miles (67.3 km²), of which, 25.9 square miles (67.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.42%) is water.

The south town line is the border of Tompkins County and the east town line is the border of Cortland County.

New York State Route 90 is an east-west highway in south of Summerhill. New York State Route 41A crosses the northeast part of the town.

Adjacent towns and areas

The Town of Sempronius is to the north and the Town of Locke is to the west. The Town of Groton in Tompkins County is on the south and the Town of Homer in Cortland County is on the east.

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