Savannah, New York

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Savannah is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°4′30″N 76°45′36″W / 43.07500°N 76.76000°W / 43.07500; -76.76000Coordinates: 43°4′30″N 76°45′36″W / 43.07500°N 76.76000°W / 43.07500; -76.76000
Country United States
State New York
County Wayne
 • Total 36.2 sq mi (93.7 km2)
 • Land 36.0 sq mi (93.2 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 394 ft (120 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,838
 • Density 51.1/sq mi (19.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13146
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-65343
GNIS feature ID 0979465

Savannah is a town in the southeast portion of Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 1,838 at the 2000 census.[1] Savannah is west of Syracuse, New York. Because of the extensive swamps, the town is a popular location for hunting and fishing.[citation needed]


Fort Hill, located on the highest land in the town, is a historic native village and was the site of a Jesuit mission in the 17th Century, built by the remains of an earlier, "Owasco," village. Like other nearby towns, Savannah was part of the Central New York Military Tract. Settlers arrived in more modern times around 1808, but Savannah is considered to be the last town in the county that was settled.

The Town of Savannah was created from the Town of Galen on November 4, 1824.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.2 square miles (94 km2), of which, 36.0 square miles (93 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (0.53%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Cayuga County, and the south town line is the border of Seneca County.

New York State Route 31, an east-west highway, is partly conjoined with New York State Route 89, a north-south highway in the town.

This swamp-ridden area north of Cayuga Lake has several conservation areas, including Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, located south of the Town of Savannah.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,838 people, 666 households, and 486 families residing in the town. The population density was 51.1 people per square mile (19.7/km²). There were 714 housing units at an average density of 19.8 per square mile (7.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.59% White, 2.01% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 666 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,913, and the median income for a family was $41,466. Males had a median income of $31,364 versus $23,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,033. About 12.3% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.8% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Savannah[edit]

  • Crusoe — A location on the south town line west of Evans Corner.
  • Crusoe Lake — A lake located north of Savannah hamlet.
  • Evans Corner — A hamlet on the south town line on NY-89.
  • Fort Hill — A hamlet south of Savannah hamlet. It is the highest point in the town.
  • May's Point — A historic location in the south part of the town. Widely known for some of the best bass fishing in NY.[citation needed]
  • Pangburn Corners — A location at the north town line on County Road 272.
  • Montezuma Marsh — An important swamp in the southwest part of the town.
  • Noble Corner — A hamlet on the west town line.
  • Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area — Conservation areas in the center of the town.
  • Savannah — A hamlet at the junction of NY-31 and NY-89. The community was formerly an incorporated village (1867), but later abandoned that status in 1979.[2]
  • Tamarack Swamp — A swamp north of Crusoe Lake.

Village of Savannah[edit]

The community of Savannah was established along the old New York Central Railroad in 1854 and incorporated as a village thirteen years later...initially covering roughly 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) of Military Lots #64 and #65 within the Town of Savannah (known at that time as Township #27). By 1877, the village had three church societies, a union schoolhouse, a hotel, a steam-stave mill and a number of shops and stores. Unfortunately, in the early morning hours of November 3, 1908, a fire swept throughout Savannah and destroyed most of the village. Twenty-two buildings were consumed by fire and twelve families were left homeless. Many of the buildings on Main Street were left in ruins. The village was eventually rebuilt.

The Village of Savannah was dissolved on April 25, 1979.[2] All government activities previously managed by the village are now handled by the Town of Savannah.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Local Government Handbook" (PDF) (5th ed.). New York State Department of State. 2008. pp. Page 77, Table 13. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  • "Tales of the Village of Savannah", webpage: [1]. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2010.
  • "Savannah, New York Fire -- November 3, 1908" (article from the Syracuse Herald), webpage [2]. Retrieved Jan. 6, 2010.
  • Savannah, New York (from the Wayne County Historian), webpage: [3]. Retrieved Jan 6, 2010.

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