City of Watertown
Watertown, NY (pop. 26,705) is a small city in Northern New York State. Located approximately 70 miles north of Syracuse and 30 miles (50 KM) south of Canada, it is the county seat and largest population center of Jefferson County (pop.111,738).
The settling of Watertown in 1800 began a 200-year legacy that continues today. The New England pioneers who chose our area did so based on foresight of creating an industrial center, which would draw its power from the mighty Black River. These men have been described as men of strong feeling, vivid imagination and dauntless courage. They, along with their families, faced many obstacles when they arrived. The terrain was rough and uncleared.
The western end of the present Public Square was 12 or 15 feet higher than the eastern end while the center was a depression that has been described as being large enough for a comfortable skating rink. There was a stream of water having its source south of Clinton Street and running across Stone Street in front of the Arcade, crossing the western end of the Square on its way to the river. Yet, out of this unsightly spot within a few years evolved one of the most beautiful public squares to be found in any city of its time.
Watertown has something for everyone! For the outdoorsman, picturesque scenery of the Adirondacks opens the way to the 1000 Islands region and Lake Ontario. Boating, fishing, rafting, hiking, camping and quaint rural atmosphere abounds.
The history buff will appreciate the glorious old homes and the wealth of information at the library, the museum, and historian’s office. A short drive around the area brings you to Historic Sackets Harbor and many other fascinating places!
Click here to visit the City of Watertown’s website.