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Ellisburg is a town in Jefferson Countymarker, New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 3,541 at the 2000 census. The town is in the southwestern corner of the county and is south of Watertownmarker. Ellisburg is named after early landowners. The town contains a village also called Ellisburgmarker.


The town was visited by Samuel de Champlain and other explorers and missionaries in the 17th Century. Prehistoric remains show evidence of native occupation.

The town land was purchased by Marvel and Lyman Ellis from Macomb's Purchase and first settled around 1797 near Ellisburg village. Originally it was called "Ellisburgh."

The town was organized in 1803 from the town of Mexicomarker (now in Oswego Countymarker) before the creation of Jefferson County.

In 1814 during the War of 1812, a British invasion force was defeated at the Battle of Big Sandy Creek.

The community of Belleville set itself apart from the town by incorporating as a village. The community of Mannsville was incorporated as a village in 1879. Ellisburg village was incorporated in 1895. Subsequently, Belleville abandoned its status as a village.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 86.6 square miles (224.3 km²), of which, 85.3 square miles (220.8 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (1.55%) is water.

The western boundary of Ellisburg is Lake Ontariomarker, and the south town line is the border of Oswego Countymarker.

Interstate 81 passes through the east side of the town. US Route 11 runs parallel to and just east of the interstate. New York State Route 3, a north-south highway, runs down the west side of Ellisburg. New York State Route 193, an east-west highway, intersects north-south highway New York State Route 289 at Ellisburg village.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,541 people, 1,269 households, and 961 families residing in the town. The population density was 41.5 people per square mile (16.0/km²). There were 1,781 housing units at an average density of 20.9/sq mi (8.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.85% White, 0.40% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 1,269 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.2% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,112, and the median income for a family was $40,903. Males had a median income of $31,184 versus $23,162 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,102. About 10.9% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Ellisburg

Communities and settlements

  • Belleville – a hamlet in the north part of the town on NY-289 at County Road 75 , next to Sandy Creek. It was formerly an incorporated village.
  • Cobbtown – a location southeast of Pierpont Manor.
  • Cobblestone Corners – a location in the south part of the town at the junction of County Roads 87 and 89.
  • Ellisburgmarker – a village near the center of the town on NY-289.
  • Giddingsville – a hamlet on US Route 11 in the northeast part of the town by Sandy Creek.
  • Hammond Corners – a location at the junction of County Roads 75 and 78, north of Woodville.
  • Hossington – a hamlet near the north town line on County Road 91.
  • Jefferson Park – a lakeside hamlet northwest of Ellisburg village.
  • Mannsvillemarker – a village in the southeast part of the town on US-11 at County Road 90.
  • Montario Point – a lakeside hamlet in the southwest corner of the town.
  • North Landing – a hamlet on NY-3 west of Ellisburg village.
  • Pierrepont Manor – a hamlet east of Ellisburg village on US-11, first settled around 1805. Home of John M. McHugh, former congressman and 21st U.S. Secretary of the Army and birthplace of baseball player Frank Smith.
  • Rural Hill – a location in the northwest part of the town on County Road 79, named after early settlers, the Hill brothers; once called "Buck Hill".
  • Saxe Corners – a hamlet northeast of Ellisburg village.
  • South Landing – a hamlet southwest of Ellisburg village on NY-3.
  • Taylor Settlement – a location in the northeast part of the town on County Road 91.
  • Wardwell Settlement (or Wardwell) – a hamlet in the northeast part of the town at County Roads 85 and 91, named after early landowner Colonel Wardwell.
  • Woodville – a hamlet northwest of Ellisburg village and located on the north branch of Sandy Creek; the community was originally called "Wood's Settlement" after an early pioneer family.

Geographical locations

  • Black Pond Wildlife Management Area – A conservation area located by Lake Ontario in the northwest corner of Ellisburg.
  • Colwell Hill – An elevation in the southwest part of Ellisburg near Montario Point.
  • Floodwood Pond – A small lake near the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Goose Pond – A small lake near the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Lakeview Pond – A small lake by the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Lakeview Wildlife Management Areamarker – A conservation area located by Lake Ontario at the western edge of Ellisburg.
  • North Colwell Pond – A small lake by the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Sandy Creek – A stream flowing southwest through the town past Belleville, Hossington, and Woodville.
  • South Colwell Pond – A small lake by the shore of Lake Ontario.
  • Southwick Beach State Parkmarker – A state park on the shore of Lake Ontario, located northwest of Ellisburg village.


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