Lodi, New York
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The Town of Lodi is in the southwest part of the county and is northwest of Ithaca, New York. The town contains a village also named Lodi. Both owe their names to the Italian city of Lodi. The current Town Supervisor is Lee Davidson.
The area was occupied by members of the Seneca tribe until 1779 when the Sullivan Expedition destroyed their villages, including a Seneca orchard at Lodi Point. The town became part of the Central New York Military Tract. The first settler arrived around 1789. In 1799, in the area of Brokaw Road, a group of New Jersey Dutch farmers settled to form a Dutch Reformed community, eventually having two churches. Remnants of one of these churches is the McNeil Cemetery located in the area of Brokaw Road. The New Jersey Dutch settled into the area for several generations and eventually their churches combined with several other churches to form the United Presbyterian Church of Lodi. Descendents of these original Dutchmen reside in the town today.
In 1826, Lodi was set apart from the Town of Covert.
Lodi Point was a popular stop for lake steamboats in the 19th century.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.8 square miles (103.0 km²), of which 34.3 square miles (88.8 km²) is land and 5.5 square miles (14.2 km²) (13.76%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,476 people, 559 households, and 395 families residing in the town. The population density was 43.0 people per square mile (16.6/km²). There were 812 housing units at an average density of 23.7 per square mile (9.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.87% White, 0.47% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.17% of the population.
There were 559 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 107.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $37,414, and the median income for a family was $40,972. Males had a median income of $28,657 versus $23,882 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,640. About 10.4% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.5% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in the Town of Lodi
- Cat Elbow Corner – A location on the south town line.
- Caywood – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town near Lamoreaux Landing.
- Finger Lakes National Forest – Part of the Finger Lakes National Forest is located in southern Lodi.
- Kelly Corners – A location at the east town line.
- Lamoreaux Landing – A lakeside hamlet in the southeast part of the town.
- Lodi – The Village of Lodi is in the north part of the town at the junction of NY-96A and NY-414.
- Lodi – The hamlet of Lodi is near the north town line on NY-96A.
- Lodi Center – A hamlet south of Lodi village on County Road 137.
- Lodi Point – A projection into Seneca Lake.
- Lodi Point State Park – A state park in the western part of the town line at Lodi Point.
- Lodi Station – A location near the north town line on County Road 131.
- Mill Creek – An important stream in the town that flows west into Seneca Lake.
- Townsendville – A hamlet in the southeast part of the town on County Road 146.
Notable current and former residents of Lodi include:
- John De Mott, former US Congressman
- Thomas S. Flood, former US Congressman
- Jehiel H. Halsey, former US Congressman
- Nicoll Halsey, former US Congressman
- Silas Halsey, former US Congressman
- Stanley Wagner (1927–2010), founder of Wagner Vineyards.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Fox, Margalit. "Stanley Wagner, New York Winery Owner, Dies at 83", The New York Times, June 30, 2010. Accessed July 1, 2010.