Lowville (village), New York

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Lowville, New York
Lowville, New York is located in New York
Lowville, New York
Lowville, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°47′12″N 75°29′16″W / 43.78667°N 75.48778°W / 43.78667; -75.48778Coordinates: 43°47′12″N 75°29′16″W / 43.78667°N 75.48778°W / 43.78667; -75.48778
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • MayorDonna Smith
 • Total1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Land1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
883 ft (269 m)
 • Total4,201
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,200/sq mi (860/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315
FIPS code36-43720
GNIS feature ID956123[2]

Lowville /ˈlvɪl/ is a village in Lewis County, New York, United States. The village is nestled in the Black River Valley, between the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the Tug Hill Plateau, in an area often referred to as the North Country. It is located in the center of Lewis County, in the southeastern part of the similarly named town of Lowville.

Lowville is the county seat of Lewis County. The name of both the village and town is derived from Nicholas Low, an early landowner of Dutch descent, who had emigrated with his wife and three small children from a rural village outside of Amsterdam in 1778.


Silas Stow, an early settler, established himself in Lowville in 1797. The village of Lowville was incorporated in 1847 and charter was adopted in 1854.[3] It was rechartered in 1858 and designated the county seat in 1864, succeeding the community of Martinsburg.

Within the village, the Franklin B. Hough House is a National Historic Landmark, and it, along with the Bateman Hotel, Lewis County Fairgrounds, Lewis County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Lowville Presbyterian Church, and Stoddard–O'Connor House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4][5]


Lowville is the principal economic hub of Lewis County, supporting a mainly agricultural economy with a long history of farming and forestry. Its main industries are cheese-making, milk shipping, and paper and wood product processing and manufacturing. Lowville's largest factory is for Kraft food products. It is the largest cream and string cheese manufacturer in the world, with over 400 employees. Lowville is also home to Qubica AMF, which is a bowling pin factory making all AMF bowling pins. Lowville is also home to Neehan paper manufacturing and several feed mills.


Governmental offices and services for the village, the town and the county are all located in Lowville, as is the Lewis County Courthouse, which houses the state supreme court, as well as the county, family, and surrogate's courts.

Lowville has police and fire departments, and the Lewis County General Hospital is located there.


Lowville Academy and Central School is located in the village, where it provides a K-12 education to approximately 1,500 students. The school was founded on March 21, 1808 by charter of the New York State Board of Regents and is one of the longest continually-operating schools in New York. The Red Raiders football team won the 2016 Section 3 Class C title. Lowville is also home to a satellite campus of Jefferson Community College.

Recreation and things to do[edit]

Lewis County Fairgrounds is host to such activities as Lewis County Fair and the Lowville Cream Cheese Festival, which on September 21, 2013 was the site of the creation of the record-breaking cheesecake.[6]

The Cream Cheese festival is one of the areas largest festivals. Over 14,000 people attended every year. It has been going on since 2004.

Lowville has been home to the Lewis County Fair since 1820. People come for all events such as truck and tractor pulls, country music concert some former performers include Travis Tritt, Jake Owen, Jon Pardi, Charlie Daniels and Eric Church.

Lowville is home to Adirondack International Speedway. Which was home to NASCARs East Busch Series. However NASCAR left the area and it is now a semi pro race track bringing 2,000 people per race now compared to 10,000 plus of the NASCAR days.

Tug Hill has been one of New York states top snowmobiling hubs as well as four wheeling. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo attends yearly to snowmobile.

The only other attractions and things to do In Lowville is Lewis Lanes which is a bowling alley which people attended often and open on weekends is the one screen Town Hall Theater movie theater, Lowville is also home to a drive in Movie Theater. The Lewis County Historical Society Museum is also in Lowville.

Whetstone Gulf State Park is located just outside of Lowville just past the Hamlet of Martinsburg. The park includes a 3 mile around gorge with hiking trails, camping area and a swimming hole.

Notable people[edit]


Lowville is located at 43°47′11″N 75°29′15″W / 43.78639°N 75.48750°W / 43.78639; -75.48750 (43.786662, -75.487645).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), all land.

The village is at the junction of New York State Route 12, New York State Route 26, and New York State Route 812. It is just west of the Black River, and Mill Creek flows eastward through the village to the river.

Whetstone Gulf, a three-mile-long canyon cut into the eastern side of the Tug Hill Plateau, is located near the town. The canyon is part of Whetstone Gulf State Park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20164,201[1]Formatting error: invalid input when rounding%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 3,476 people, 1,403 households, and 882 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,830.8 people per square mile (706.4/km²). There were 1,588 housing units at an average density of 836.4 per square mile (322.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.66% White, 0.75% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 1,403 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the village, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $32,841, and the median income for a family was $42,399. Males had a median income of $31,831 versus $21,422 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,172. About 13.9% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lowville (village), New York
  3. ^ Duflo, Dorothy K. (2009). LOWVILLE. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 9780738565118.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 6/20/11 through 6/24/11. National Park Service. 2011-07-01.
  6. ^ Guinness World Records, Largest Cheesecake
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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