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Jefferson County

Jefferson County, NY is located near the Canadian border (approximately 70 miles north of Syracuse) and includes the Thousand Islands. It is the home to beautiful outdoors as well as shopping and much history. The county consists of twelve-hundred square miles of land with a population of 114,000+. Jefferson County was created around 1805 from the County of Oneida and named after Thomas Jefferson.


Jefferson County's major city is Watertown with a population of over 27,000+. The county also includes numerous townships, villages, and hamlets. All townships have a historian and a clerk, and some villages have a clerk and historian; who may be the same person as the townships. Some villages are so small that they are considered hamlets and are governed by a larger village or township.

Fort Drum, the military installation and home of the 10th Mountain Division, is also situated in Jefferson County. Jefferson Community College is the main collegial institution in Jefferson County.

About the Wiki

The Jefferson County NY Wiki is intended to be a long-term project that will document - in delicious detail - the history and current state of Jefferson County, New York and all of its environs including Watertown and Fort Drum.

You can find popular subjects and heading pages in the sidebar to the left, or search for subjects in the top-right search field. For a while we had been online and offline intermittently since the original host for the wiki; Wikispaces shut down, and we tried various pieces of software and hosts to no avail in an effort to get this wiki back up again.

But now we have found a new home here at, a non-profit wiki farm where we are now generously hosted. (You can donate to help here).

We recommend that you join the site for the best viewing, and also that you use the Pivot skin for best display on both desktops and mobile devices ( go to your acount and then PREFERENCES | APPEARANCE | PIVOT).

But we need editors and people working on the site.

The Jefferson County NY Wiki Needs Your Help!!

VERY IMPORTANT - due to spammers all new accounts are set to be very limited and you can not edit any pages. Once you get registered please Contact the Organizers and let us know a little about yourself and why you want to edit the wiki, and what contributions you have. We are sorry that we must manually approve everyone but due to spammers this is the only way.

The Wiki needs folks like you to help contribute. You do not have to be a professional writer or historian. The goal of the Wiki has always been to document everything and anything relating to Jefferson County, NY, no detail too big or too small.

Got an old photo you’d like to share? Info on your elementary school, or the corner store you used to frequent as a kid? Sign up for a JeffCoWiki account today and share what you have. All you need is an email address and make sure you visit the FAQ page to, well…. get started as well as Mission Statement and Copyright Guidelines, and then contact the organizers to get your account approved for contributing. Contact Organizers if you have any questions, we’re glad to help.

But do not cut and paste info directly from newspapers, magazines, websites, etc unless it is in the public domain or you have permission to use it. Same for photos and graphics and other documents and content - searching Google and finding a photo you want to use is PROHIBITED! You must have permissions from the owner of the content or it must be in the public domain.

With your help, we can create a site that truly does document everything about the greatest county in New York State!

See the FAQ page for more info.


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Do you have suggestions, public feedback, or ideas for this wiki? Use the Suggestions page for public ideas, suggestions, and feedback (you must be a member) or the Contact Organizers link for direct messages to the organizers.

For newest pages and edits go to Recent Changes page.

[Forum]. All pages have their own discussion tabs but the link to the left is a general forum for the entire wiki.