Waverly, Tioga County, New York

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Waverly is the largest village in Tioga County, New York, United States. It is located southeast of Elmira in the Southern Tier region. This village was incorporated as the southwest part of the town of Barton in 1854. The village name is attributed to Joseph "Uncle Joe" Hallett,[3] founder of its first Fire Department and pillar of the community, who conceived the name by dropping the 2nd "e" from the name of his favorite author's novel, Waverley by Sir Walter Scott. The village hall is listed on the National Historic Places list.

Waverly is part of the Binghamton Metropolitan Statistical Area. Waverly is also in a small area called 'The Valley,' a group of three communities in New York and Pennsylvania, Waverly, New York, Sayre, and Athens Pennsylvania. With a population near 30,000.



John Shepard was perhaps the most important early settler of this area. He arrived here after having worked as a clerk at Sheshequin PA in the employ of Matthias Hollenback. He built the first and only mill within 50 miles of this locale, in the early 18th century, and it soon became known as Milltown. The town was established near Cayuta Creek, also known as Shepard's Creek, which provided water power for the flour mills and sawmills in the area. Originally the town was located in Pennsylvania until it was resurveyed and it was found to be mistakenly 1/4 of a mile north which moved the town into New York State. He continued to purchase extensive tracts of land in the area and soon this burgeoning area came to be known as Factoryville, with an adjacent smaller town named Villemont also becoming established. The community began to thrive upon the arrival of the Erie Railroad and Broad Street, the main thoroughfare, flourished because of its proximity to the railroad. Approximately forty-one trains entered the village per day and 6,000 people lived in the village in the early 20th century. The town possessed seven hotels during the railroading period along with grocery stores, restaurants, and bars. The largest celebration ever in the village was the August, 26th 1910 Old Home Celebration which lasted four hours and packed the streets with spectators. Several factories of historical significance contributed to a flourishing period in Waverly's development. They included the Hall-Lyons furniture factory which was located on Broad Street and the Manoil Manufacturing Co. whose prominence as a toy company, especially from 1937-1941 when it produced hollow-cast toy soldiers (sometimes called dime store soldiers) along with toy airplanes and cars, was located on Providence Street. "Businesses in the twentieth century included the Spencer Glove Company and the Waverly Sun newspaper, both owned by Hart I. Seely and located in Waverly; the Tioga Mills, Inc., a feed mill company and Agway, Country Foods Division of Syracuse, N. Y. as a pet food plant. Others are the Food and Drug Research Laboratories, located on Route 17C, just east of Waverly, State Line Auto Auction, O’Brien’s Inn, and one of the most interesting, the J. E. Ranch."[4] The 1940s and 1950s were also the heyday of Colonel Jim Eskew's famous J. E. Rodeo organization,[5] the only rodeo ranch east of the Mississippi River.[5] The rodeo traveled throughout the Mid Atlantic and New England states.[5] The only major battle of the Sullivan Expedition, the Battle of Newtown, took place just outside of Waverly to the west.

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