Felts Mills, New York

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Felts Mills, New York
Census-designated place
Felts Mills is located in New York
Felts Mills
Felts Mills
Felts Mills is located in the US
Felts Mills
Felts Mills
Coordinates: 44°1′18″N 75°45′46″W / 44.02167°N 75.76278°W / 44.02167; -75.76278Coordinates: 44°1′18″N 75°45′46″W / 44.02167°N 75.76278°W / 44.02167; -75.76278
Country United States
State New York
County Jefferson
Town Rutland
 • Total 0.33 sq mi (0.85 km2)
 • Land 0.33 sq mi (0.85 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 580 ft (180 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 372
 • Density 1,132/sq mi (436.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code 13638
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-25571
GNIS feature ID 0949970

Felts Mills is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Rutland of Jefferson County, New York, United States. The population was 372 at the 2010 census.[1] Felts Mills' original name was "Mid Road" because it is close to the halfway point between Watertown and Carthage.


Felts Mills was sited on one of several natural falls on the Black River and first settled with the construction of a gristmill in about 1800.[2] An improved dam was erected in 1821, and a stone mill in the following year. In 1824, John Felts constructed the large sawmills that gave the town its name. In 1889, the Taggart Paper Company built a large paper mill on an island across the river, ruins of which are still visible today.[3]


The community is in the northeast corner of the town of Rutland, east of the center of Jefferson County. New York State Route 3 passes through the CDP, leading west 8 miles (13 km) to Watertown, the county seat, and east 10 miles (16 km) to Carthage.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Felts Mills CDP has an area of 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2), all of it recorded as land.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Felts Mills CDP, New York". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  2. ^ http://jefferson.nygenweb.net/rutdp.htm
  3. ^ Rafter, G. W., "Hydrology of the State of New York", New York State Education Dept, 1905 [1]

External links[edit]

  • Photos of the extensive remains of the mill ruins and island across from Felts Mills: [2] [3]