Lowville (village), New York
Lowville, New York
|• Mayor||Joseph Beagle|
|• Total||1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)|
|• Land||1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||883 ft (269 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,800/sq mi (710/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||956123|
Lowville // is a village in Lewis County, New York, United States. The village is nestled in the Black River Valley, between the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the Tug Hill Plateau, in an area often referred to as the North Country. It is located in the center of Lewis County, in the southeastern part of the similarly named town of Lowville.
Lowville is the county seat of Lewis County. The name of both the village and town is derived from Nicholas Low, an early landowner of Dutch descent, who had emigrated with his wife and three small children from a rural village outside of Amsterdam in 1778.
Silas Stow, an early settler, established himself in Lowville in 1797. The village of Lowville was incorporated in 1847 and charter was adopted in 1854. It was rechartered in 1858 and designated the county seat in 1864, succeeding the community of Martinsburg.
Within the village, the Franklin B. Hough House is a National Historic Landmark, and it, along with the Bateman Hotel, Lewis County Fairgrounds, Lewis County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Lowville Presbyterian Church, and Stoddard–O'Connor House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Governmental offices and services for the village, the town and the county are all located in Lowville, as is the Lewis County Courthouse, which houses the state supreme court, as well as the county, family, and surrogate's courts.
Lowville’s Mayor is Joe Beagle. Village Judges is Jennifer Scordo and Rikki Stanton. Village Clerk is Pamela Roes.
Lowville is home to Lewis County General Hospital which is the second largest hospital in the Lewis-Jefferson-St. Lawrence area.
Attractions and Things to Do
Lowville has many activities and things to do.
Cream Cheese Festival: every September 15,000 plus people come to attended the Cream cheese festival which features food, music, vendors and a huge cheesecake.
Lewis County Fair: Every third week in July Tuesday-Saturday is the Lewis County Fair. Featuring a Firefighters and Marching Band Parade, Fireworks show, Full midway, Tractor Pulls, Truck Pulls, a Demolition Derby, and a Country Music Concert with previous acts including Boxcar Willie, Charlie Daniels, Eric Church, Travis Tritt, Canaan Smith, Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, Jon Pardi, Craig Morgan.
Bluegrass Festival Every year the Maple Ridge Center hosts the BlueGrass Festival.
Lowville despite being a small town has some night life with downtown having several bars including, Tony Harpers Pizza and Clam Shack, Stash’s Pub, Bakers, The Bateman Draft House and Jebs. Live music is often performed somewhere.
Lowville is known for is its vast snowmobiling and four wheeling with thousands of people each year coming to do either.
Police Lowville is served by the Lowville Police Department under Police Chief Randy Roggie. The village is also home to the Lewis County Sheriffs Department and Corrections Center as well as a New York State Police Barracks.
Fire and EMS Lowville is served by the Lowville Fire Department under Chief Joe Austin who run 250 Calls a year operating 3 Engines, 1 Ladder, 1 Rescue, 1 Mini Pumper, 2 Tankers and a utility pickup.
Lewis County Search and Rescue is a career/volunteer ambulance service with over 2,000 ambulance calls a year serving half of Lewis county.
Lowville Academy and Central School is located in the village, where it provides a K-12 education to approximately 1,500 students. The school was founded on March 21, 1808 by charter of the New York State Board of Regents and is one of the longest continually-operating schools in New York. The School is known for being one of the best in athletics in the state winning 2016, 2019 Football Class C titles and making it to the 2019 Basketball state title game before falling 75-74 in overtime.
Lowville is also home to a satellite campus of Jefferson Community College. The Campus offers college credit and non college credit courses.
- Ela Collins - US congressman
- Renie Cox - skier in the 1960 Winter Olympics
- Charles Dayan - US congressman
- Charles Melville Dewey - painter
- Franklin B. Hough - forester
- Peter Ostrum - childhood actor (played Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, now a veterinarian who resides in Lowville
- Donald Planty - United States Ambassador to Guatemala
- Silas Stow - land agent
Lowville is located at (43.786662, -75.487645).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), all land.
The village is at the junction of New York State Route 12, New York State Route 26, and New York State Route 812. It is just west of the Black River, and Mill Creek flows eastward through the village to the river.
Whetstone Gulf, a three-mile-long canyon cut into the eastern side of the Tug Hill Plateau, is located near the town. The canyon is part of Whetstone Gulf State Park.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,476 people, 1,403 households, and 882 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,830.8 people per square mile (706.4/km²). There were 1,588 housing units at an average density of 836.4 per square mile (322.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.66% White, 0.75% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.
There were 1,403 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the village, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $32,841, and the median income for a family was $42,399. Males had a median income of $31,831 versus $21,422 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,172. About 13.9% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.
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