Remsen, New York

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Location in Oneida County and the state of New York.
Location in Oneida County and the state of New York.
Location of New York in the United States
Location of New York in the United States
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Town SupervisorRoger W. Helmer
  • Duane Jones
  • Donna Hamilton
  • Thomas Murphy
  • Ryan Evans
 • Total36.96 sq mi (95.71 km2)
 • Land35.47 sq mi (91.87 km2)
 • Water1.49 sq mi (3.85 km2)
 • Total1,929
 • Estimate 
 • Density53.65/sq mi (20.71/km2)
Time zoneEST
 • Summer (DST)EDT
FIPS code36-065-61126

Remsen is a town in Oneida County, New York, United States. The population was 1,929 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Henry Remsen, an early settler. The Town of Remsen contains a village also named Remsen. The town is north of the city of Utica.


Remsen was named for Henry Remsen II, the original proprietor of the township and the inheritor of the Remsenburgh patent, which embraced some 48,000 acres (190 km2) in Oneida and Herkimer counties and was granted in 1766 (later regranted by the Legislature in 1787) to Remsen and four other New York merchants. Remsen, a New York City merchant and owner of Henry Remsen Jr. & Co., was the descendant of some of the earliest Dutch settlers of New Amsterdam.[3][4]

The town was first settled around 1792, when Barnabas Mitchell of Meriden, Connecticut settled in the area and began clearing a farm which was subsequently owned by his son Milo, and became known as the 'Milo Mitchell place.' Soon afterwards, Mitchell was joined by Nathaniel Rockwood, John Bonner, Perez Farr, Bettis Le Clerc, Jonah Dayton, John Kent and Shubael Cross, all of whom came from New England to settle in Remsen. In September 1795, five families from Wales settled in the vicinity, marking the beginning of a substantial Welsh presence in the area. The Town of Remsen was formed in 1798 from part of the Town of Norway in Herkimer County, New York when Oneida County was formed. In 1869, part of Remsen was used to form the new Town of Forestport.

Remsen, New York on real photo postcard sent September 27, 1917


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.9 sq mi (96 km2), of which 35.4 sq mi (92 km2) is land and 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2) (4.04%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Herkimer County. The Black River, widened into Kayuta Lake by a dam, defines the north part of the town. Remsen is at the border of the Adirondack Park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)1,903[2]−1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,958 people, 745 households, and 517 families residing in the town. The population density was 55.3/sq mi (21.4/km2). There were 991 housing units at an average density of 28.0/sq mi (10.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.26% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.41% Asian, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.15% of the population.

There were 745 households, out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 28.1% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,968, and the median income for a family was $41,042. Males had a median income of $30,938 versus $22,989 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,394. About 8.5% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Erin Hamlin—American luger. The first American woman to ever win a luge World Championship title at the 2009 Luge World Championships, and the first American luger to ever win an Olympic medal in singles competition, winning bronze in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[7]

Major General Baron von Steuben is interred in Remsen at the Steuben Memorial State Historic Site[8] which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[9]


The town and village of Remsen is served by the Remsen Central School District. Timothy Jenny serves as Superintendent of the District which includes Remsen Elementary (PK-6th grades), and Remsen Junior-Senior High (7th-12th grades). As of 2018, the student population of Remsen Elementary is 244, and Remsen Junior-Senior High is 205.[10] The mascot of both schools is the Remsen Rams. School colors are black and orange. Remsen Junior-Senior High Athletic program competes in Class D of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Athletics offered are cross country (boys and girls), soccer (boys and girls), basketball (boys and girls), volleyball (girls), cheerleading (co-ed), baseball (boys), softball (girls), track and field (boys and girls).[11]

Communities and locations in the Town of Remsen[edit]

  • Bailey Hills – An elevation located northwest of Ninety-six Corners.
  • Bardwell Mill – A location east of Hennedaga, south of Kayuta Lake.
  • Kayuta Lake – A lake partly in the northwest part of the town.
  • Hinckley Reservoir – A reservoir partly in the southeast part of the town.
  • Hennedaga – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town.
  • Ninety Five Hill – An elevation west-northwest of Ninety-six Corners.
  • Ninety-six Corners – A hamlet on Route 365 near the east town line.
  • Remsen – The Village of Remsen is in the southwest part of the town.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ A Narrative History of Remsen, New York, Including Parts of the Adjoining Townships of Steuben and Trenton, Millard F. Robert, Printed by Lyman Bros. Inc., Syrcacuse, New York, 1914
  4. ^ Remsen descended from the early Dutch family for whom Remsen Street in Brooklyn was named.[1][2]
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Erin Hamlin Bio Page Retrieved on 2008-01-21
  8. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  9. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". WEEKLY LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN ON PROPERTIES: 8/24/09 THROUGH 8/28/09. National Park Service. 2009-09-04.
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Coordinates: 43°19′39″N 75°11′12″W / 43.32750°N 75.18667°W / 43.32750; -75.18667