|Town Historians||ROBERT & JEANNIE BRENNAN||107 E. Washington Street, Sackets Harbor 13685|
|Town Clerk||DIANE M. NIER||(B)782-6380(H)646-2073||14202 Co Rt 75, Sackets Harbor 13685|
|E Hounsfield Free Library||MARY FARRINGTON||788-0637||Arsenal St Rd, Watertown 13601|
|Sackets Harbor Village Clerk||LISA GREGORY||646-3548||Village Office, PO Box 335, Sackets Harbor 13685|
|Sackets Harbor Village Historian||BOB & JEANNIE BRENNAN||646-3663||106 Hounsfield, Sackets Harbor 13685|
|Hay Memorial Library||TONI ELLINGER||646-2228||101 S Broad St, Sackets Harbor 13685|
|Pickering Beach Museum||JEANNIE BRENNAN||646-2815||501 W Main St, Sackets Harbor 13685|
|Sackets Harbor Historical Society||MARY JO DEANS||(B)646-1708(H)646-2757||100 W Main St, Sackets Harbor 13685|
On 20 Jun 1801, Augustus Sacket bought the land now comprising the Town of Hounsfield. He named the new town after an Englishman, Ezra Hounsfield, a businessman who once owned the southern part of the township. Mr Sackett began at once to make improvements in the town, and to build himself one of the most pretentious houses in the area. February 17, 1806, the town was created. Hounsfield is best known for its historical connection with the War of 1812, a battle of which was fought at Sacketts Harbor, which was one of the best known Great Lakes ports of its day. Madison Barracks, still standing, were built of stone to house troops of the War of 1812. It was the center of operations during the embargo period and the War of 1812. Perhaps four fifths of the town's population of 1200 suffered some loss during that war.
Hounsfield lies in the center of the western boundary of Jefferson county, and is bounded north and west by the Black River and by Black River and Henderson Bays, and is thus washed by the waters of Lake Ontario. It includes the Galloup Islands, one over 2,000 acres and the other about 48; Stony Island of some 1,500 acres, and Calf Island, some 34 acres. The Town of Brownville is to the north of Hounsfield, the Town of Watertown to the east, while Adams and Henderson are on its south.
East Hounsfield and Sackets Harbor are the only centers of population within its borders, but Dexter and Brownville are on its borders. Camp's Mills was once a hamlet.
From the 1864 Jefferson County Atlas: a summary of statistics for Hounsfield ACRES OF LAND Improved 21,622 Unimproved 6,168 3/4 VALUATION Real Estate 455,213 Personal Property 83,750 Total 538,963 POPULATION Males 1,656 Females 1,595 Number of Dwellings 627 Number of Families 640 Freeholders 443 SCHOOLS Number of Districts 17 Children Taught 1,221 LIVE STOCK Horses 908 Working Oxen and Calves 1,227 Cows 1,842 Sheep 4,021 Swine 959 AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS Bushels of Grain Winter 17,686 1/2 Spring 84,772 1/2 Tons of Hay 3,982 Bushels of Potatoes 12,588 Bushels of Apples 10,147 Dairy Products Pounds of Butter 148,966 Pounds of Cheese 60,118 YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE 1,878
Names of the Early Settlers
|Allen, Ebenezer |
Bates, Samuel Jr.
Graham, Gouverneur M.
Jenks, George Washington
Luff, Samuel Jr
Pease, William C.
Phelps, John W.
|Robbins, Asher |
Sherwin, Azariah P.
Tisdale, George L.
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