New Lisbon, New York

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New Lisbon is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The population was 1,116 at the 2000 census.

The Town of New Lisbon is in the west-central part of the county. It is north of the City of Oneonta.



The town was first settled around 1773, but most pioneers did not enter the area until after the Revolutionary War. It is mentioned that a cultivated apple orchard was found by early settlers on the west side of the Butternut Creek near Noblesville, presumably planted by Native Americans.

The town was made from part of Pittsfield in 1806, but was then called "Lisbon." The name was changed to "New Lisbon" in 1808. Spafford's 1810 "Gazetteer" says "There are in all four or five grain-mills, seven saw-mills, a fulling-mill, and carding machine.There is one baptist meeting house and seven schoolhouses. The inhabitants are principally farmers, and their household manufactures supply the most of their common clothing. In 1810 the whole population was 1982." In 1878, the town is listed as having 26,899 acres, 21,619 of it improved, 5822 woodland, and 200 "other". Valuation $586,250 and equalized $459,973.

In 1878, Garrattsville contained two churches, three general stores, a hardware stores, saw and gristmill, hotel, wagon shop, and five blacksmiths. For a few years there was an annual fair held on the flat along the Butternut Creek at the south end of the hamlet before merging with the group holding one at Morris about 1886.

Noblesville in 1878 had one church, store, hotel, mill and blacksmith.

New Lisbon Centre listed as only having a church.

Stetsonville previously had a doctor, store, brickyard and wagon shop.

  • One of the notable industries was the Victor J. Warren hammer factory on the Butternut at Coles Rd., Garrattsville, of which it is said it once employed a hundred persons and every house in the hamlet was occupied by two families. Supplies were drawn in by oxcart from the Erie Canal to the north, and finished goods shipped out the same way. An employee named Anthony Slater was credited with a process for tempering cast steel, which was later sold by creditors along with all contents and machinery to the Maydole Hammer Co. of Norwich, NY. At least two Warren hammers exist, one of which is on display at the town hall.
  • Martin and Robert L. George built stationary steam engines at Noblesville/New Lisbon hamlet in the 1890's, only one of which is known to survive.
  • Artemas Holdredge, cheese manufacturer in Garrattsville, invented the concept of putting cheese in rectangular instead of round "wheel" boxes for easier shipping and shelf storage.
  • Emmons L. Peck of Carbondale, PA, built a wooden tramway around Gilbert Lake 1906-1909, moving nine million feet of logs using a homebuilt geared steam locomotive later reputed to have been dragged out on the lake ice and sunk by employees when the land was purchased for the state present park about 1927. (Lending evidence to the tale is the fact Peck abandoned a similar engine when through with operations on his next logging job on South Hill, Maryland, NY about 1912, later hauled out during war scrap metal drives).
  • The Persian Lamb Co. was an unsuccessful cooperative venture during WW1 utilizing about a thousand acres of abandonned grazing land in the Welcome area to raise sheep imported for their skins, after the sheep died from pneumonia they switched to raising vegetables and beef but the stock shares ultimately became worthless.

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