New York Mills, New York

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New York Mills is a village in Oneida County, New York, USA. The population was 3,191 at the 2000 census.

The Village of New York Mills is partly in the Town of Whitestown and partly in the Town of New Hartford. It is a western suburb of the City of Utica.



There were three mills which gave the village its name. They dated from around 1808 and closed in the 1950s.

New York Mills: The Evolution of a Village (ISBN 0-9660363-8-7) by James S. Pula and Eugene E. Dziedzic provide a detailed history on the village in their book:

Local communities can often provide a microcosm for examining the larger experience of American history and culture. Such is the case with this newly published history of New York Mills. This history traces the evolution of the village through successive periods beginning with the original English, Scottish and Welsh settlers and the establishment of their religious, cultural and social patterns, to the arrival of French-Canadian workers in the 1870s and 1880s, followed by Polish, Italian and Syro-Lebanese immigrants between 1890 and 1920. As the culture of the village changed, so did its focus, from distributing work to employees who worked at home to the development of modern factories, through serious labor unrest and World War I, the Depression and the eventual closing of the textile mills in the 1950s. The book chronicles how the village and its people adapted to these environmental changes, survived and prospered, while at the same time making significant contributions to American society beyond what would be expected from a small village.

Annual Bell Festival

Every year New York Mills holds its annual Bell Fest. This is where the whole community gets together and celebrates yet another great year in New York Mills history with food, fun, and fireworks as the traditional ending.

The role of alcohol in village life

Being a village of predominantly working class people, the consumption of alcohol played a major role in the fabric of social life in New York Mills. For many years, there were at least 12 taverns or bars within the village boundaries; a disproportionately large number for a village its size.

Notable people from New York Mills

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