Torrey, New York

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Torrey is a town in Yates County, New York, USA. The population was 1,307 at the 2000 census. The name is that of early county political leader Henry Torrey.

The Town of Torrey is in the northeast part of the county and is south of Geneva, New York.

The tw\own of Torrey is unrelated with the 10,000+ acre Torrey Farms, located in Elba and Potter, New York, which is one of the largest farms in New York.



The town was first settled around 1788 by members of a religious group, led by Jemima Wilkinson.

The Crooked Lake Canal, opened in 1833, ran across the south part of Torrey.

The town was formed on November 14, 1851 from parts of the Town of Benton and Town of Milo. Torrey was the last town formed in the county.

The town was named "Torrey" in order to secure the support of Henry Torrey to enable the creation of the new town over the objections of the two towns losing their territory.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.7 square miles (87.3 km²), of which, 22.7 square miles (58.8 km²) of it is land and 11.0 square miles (28.5 km²) of it (32.63%) is water.

Torrey is in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. The east town line, delineated by Seneca Lake is the border of Seneca County. The Keuka Lake Outlet, which flows from Keuka Lake to Seneca Lake, is at the north border of the town.

New York State Route 14 is a north-south highway near Seneca Lake. NY-14 intersects New York State Route 54 at Dresden.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,307 people, 477 households, and 361 families residing in the town. The population density was 57.5 people per square mile (22.2/km²). There were 696 housing units at an average density of 30.6/sq mi (11.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.93% White, 0.08% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 1.22% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.68% of the population.

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