During the Revolutionary War when General John Sullivan and his army moved through the Finger Lakes region in 1779, most resident Indians fled to the British at Fort Niagara, Canada where they had been promised safety and care. Small groups remained outside the perimeter of the Army’s march which was ordered by George Washington as a move to deprive the British of support provided by their Indian allies. Villages and crops were destroyed.
After the war some of the veterans of the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition returned to the region to settle the lands. Earliest permanent settlers arrived in: Town of Montour 1788; Hector 1790; Dix 1797; Cayuta, Reading and Tyrone, 1798; Catharine 1799 and Orange in 1802.
As known today, Schuyler’s eight towns were formed as follows: Catharine in 1798; Hector 1802; Reading 1806; Tyrone 1822; Cayuta 1824; Dix 1835; Orange 1836; and Montour, the last defined geographically, 1860, six years after the county was established.
Watkins Glen was officially declared the county seat in 1877 after a prolonged legal struggle with Montour Falls for the designation.
Want to learn more about the history of this area? Please come visit our museum and our research library located in the Brick Tavern in Montour Falls. If you are unable to visit us, we have gathered several websites that we think might be use to you in your search for more information. Good luck!
Schuyler County Townships
Schuyler County Newspapers
NYS Offline Resources
Cornell Online Library Collections
Native Americans & Early Settlers
Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
Schuyler County Recruits for the Civil War (PDF)
National Archives Military and Pension Records
Ellis Island Record Search
Genealogical Information for the State of New York
Watkins Glen Grand Prix
International Motor Racing Research Center
Chemung Canal Map (PDF)
Chemung Canal Lock Map 1858 (PDF)
Watkins Glen Salt Industry
Schuyler County Waterfalls
Fall Brook Railroad
Backbone Ridge History Group
Historic Buildings in Schuyler County
History of Schuyler County
Back Issues of The Vista
(our informational Newsletter)
Volume 1 (2008): Issue 1 2 3
Volume 2 (2009): Issue 1 2 3
Volume 3 (2010): Issue 1 2 3
Volume 4 (2011): Issue 1 2 3
Volume 5 (2012): Issue 1 2
Volume 6 (2013): Issue 1 2 3 4
Volume 7 (2014): Issue 1 2 3 4
Volume 8 (2015): Issue 1 2 3 4
Database which includes
You will need to search for the publication to view the information on this site.
Artist, born in Scotland and fought in the Civil War, and most known for his landscapes; he moved to Watkins Glen where he died in 1872...
“The history of a town is found in the lives of its citizens.” In truth, this
A politician who gained a national reputation, was born August 29, 1843, at Havana (now Montour Falls)...
James A. Shepard
For Genealogists and Local History Buffs
Family Folders at Museum
Schuyler County and Regional Organizations
Church Records of Schuyler & Tompkins
Schuyler History and Genealogy Links
Schuyler History Books Online
Old Schuyler & Regional Newspapers
Noteworthy People from Schuyler County