Legislature recognizes Morristown bicentennial

A flock of geese passes over Chapman Park in Morristown in December 2020. Founded in March 1821, the town of Morristown is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

MORRISTOWN — By sunset on March 27, the town of Morristown had celebrated its 200th birthday.

In honor of the milestone, the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators on Monday night passed a resolution recognizing the town’s history and its people.

Legislator Joseph R. Lightfoot, R-Ogdensburg, presented the Services Committee resolution, encouraging fellow lawmakers to also ceremonially recognize milestones of constituent municipalities.

The town was founded on March 27, 1821, and is now bounded by the St. Lawrence River to the north and Black Lake to the south, having since evolved from a larger, 1800s township that has since been split into the towns of Morristown, Oswegatchie, Hammond and Macomb.

Primarily a farming community today, Morristown once teemed with railroad, ferry, milling, tanning and marina activity.

Roughly 1,800 people live in the town, according to a 2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates report compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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