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Auburn New York History

CAYUGA COUNTY, NY is part of an area known as "The Military Tract". The Military Tract was a vast area of about 1.75 million acres located in the heartland of Central NY. Lands purchased by the State from the Onondaga Indian Nation in 1788 and from the Cayuga Nation in 1789 were surveyed into 28 Military Tract Townships to satisfy the claims of veterans of the Revolutionary War, who had been promised farms as an inducement to enlist in the New York regiments.

Cayuga Co. was formed from Onondaga County, March 8, 1799. Seneca County was taken off in 1804 and part of Tompkins County in 1817. The government of Cayuga County, NY was organized on May 28th, 1799, at the Court House, (Then located at Aurora, NY). Auburn was chosen as the County Seat in 1805. Today, Cayuga County, NY contains one City, and twenty-three Towns, with nine incorporated Villages.

The County Seat is the city of AUBURN, NY, known today as "History's Hometown".. Auburn, rests in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York. It was first settled by Col. John L. Hardenbergh, an officer in the Revolutionary War, in 1793. The area was selected because of the natural resource of water power along the Owasco River. It was then called "Hardenbergh's Corners". The name was changed to "Auburn" in 1805. Auburn was formed as a Town from Aurelius, March 28, 1823 and was incorporated as a Village April 18, 1815, and as a City on March 21, 1848.

Among the favorite citizens of Cayuga County is the thirteenth President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, who was born in a log cabin in the Town of Summerhill, and two Governors of NYS: Enos Thompson Throop, Governor from 1829-1833, who died in Auburn in 1874 and William H Seward, Governor of NY from 1839-1843, also served as a US Senator, Secretary of State to President Lincoln, and is perhaps best known for the purchase of Alaska from Russia, "Seward's Folly". He died in 1872, in Auburn. Harriet Tubman is well known for her efforts in helping many slaves to freedom.

One of the historical sites in Auburn is the Willard Memorial Chapel, which is all that remains of the original Auburn Theological Seminary campus which was established in 1918. In 1939, the Auburn Theological Seminary relocated to New York City where it exists today as an educational and research theological center. For information on some of the historic properties located within or near Auburn NY, visit website:

Check out the Auburn Prison links found on the New York Correction Historical Society Website.

Execution of Czolgosz, with Panorama of Auburn Prison (Ediso

It is not a real execution, but Edison made the scene look real as the assassin of President William McKinley, Leon Czolgosz, is put to death in the electric...

Dunn & McCarthy Fire - Auburn NY - December 1993

Several local news clips about the destruction of the Dunn & McCarthy Shoe Factory fire on Dec 19, 1993

Aerial RC footage flying over Owasco Lake, Auburn, NY - Emerson Park

Here's some footage from my RC Wild Hawk plane flying over Deauville Island and Owasco Lake at Emerson Park in Auburn, NY, on a perfect summer evening. Summe...

Aerial video of Auburn, NY from RC 'Wild Hawk' plane

A true 'bird's eye view' of Auburn, NY, shot over a period of 7 months. If you're familiar with Auburn, you'll recognize many notable places and landmarks: T...

Packard Supplier, Goulds Pump Works

A visit to . Packard was proud of its suppliers. PK35

Auburn Purple Lancer History Continues ...

The Auburn Purple Lancers are coming back !! As an All Age Mini Corps OPEN HOUSE Sunday January 24th, 2016, 1-5 Phoenix Building 2 South ST Auburn NY

Auburn Leathercrafters Company History If you've seen Auburn Leathercrafters's dog collars and leashes, then you know how beautiful and high-quality they are. If not, y...

Toughest Prisons in America - Auburn Big House Documentary HD

The State Penitentiary in Auburn, New York is the centerpiece of a city and a monument to one of America's first attempts at criminal rehabilitation. Its fou...

1929 Auburn Prison Riots

Syracuse University SOC 334-Criminal Justice Final Project

Auburn | Uniquely New York | Foundations

The City of Auburn is located at the northern end of Owasco Lake. Originally known as Hardenbergh’s Corners, it was settled in 1793, and named after its foun...

Seward's Follies

Casey Park Elementary, Genesee Elementary, and Auburn JR High kids come together to perform a play about the history of Auburn, NY. This play is presented to...

107th Chamber Annual Dinner Slideshow - timeless cayuga

From agriculture to manufacturing and finance to tourism, Cayuga County has a timeless heritage of economic vitality and entrepreneurship. This slideshow was...

Sharing the Bounty

Sue Norton runs the The St. Alphonsus Church Food Pantry in Auburn. It's the only Catholic food pantry in Cayuga County. Norton and her all volunteer staff w...

Auburn NY Back Then

Historical photos of Auburn, NY

Falcon Park - Auburn Doubledays

Falcon Park is home to the Auburn Doubledays. Located in Auburn, New York, the Doubledays play in the New York-Penn League and are the short-season A ball af...

Auburn, NY Womens Equality Day - People's Town Hall August 26, 2015

Auburn, NY On August 26, 2015 the Harriet Tubman Boosters sponsored a Women's Equality Day - People's Town Hall to promote the effort to encourage the United...

Owasco Lake, Auburn NY

A day up in Auburn... -~--~--~- Please watch: 'FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON! (SNOWBOARDING)' -~--~--~-

Ground, aerial footage of fire at former Lehigh Valley Railroad roundhouse in Auburn

A fire broke out the afternoon of Saturday, March 12, at the former Lehigh Valley Railroad roundhouse on Clark Street Road in Auburn. (Ground footage by Mike...

The Grave of Harriet Tubman @ Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn NY

African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, she helped escaped slaves in getting north in what became known as the underground Railroad

Visiting Harriet Tubman's Estate in Auburn NY

Dr. Umar speaking at the Harriet Tubman estate in Auburn New York on the 5th of July 2013