Last Updated: January 16, 2012 @ 8:23 pm
A Season For Everyone
Our rural Central New York community is nestled between the Mohawk and Black Rivers on the southeastern portion of the Tug Hill Plateau and in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. We are a natural center for sportsmen, historians, photographers and outdoor lovers of all types. Fishing, hunting, swimming, skiing, snowmobiling, camping, golf, tennis or just quiet relaxation…all are right here at hand or within a short drive.
Boonville is the perfect headquarters for all seasons. Along with all of our summer activities, winter sports play a huge role in Boonville’s way of life given our average annual snowfall of 200+ inches. We have hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails maintained by area snowmobile clubs. Boonville’s trail system also connects with neighboring communities, making it possible to travel from the western edge of Tug Hill to the Forestport-Old Forge area in the Adirondacks.
The Black River Environmental Improvement Association (BREIA) has constructed and professionally grooms over 30 miles (50km) of cross-country ski trails. These trails follow the picturesque Boonville Gorge and traverse high atop Jackson Hill. They are free of charge and open to the public. The same trails are used for hiking, biking and other activities during the summer months. Alpine skiers have their choice of three top-notch ski areas within a half hour drive: Snow Ridge in Turin, Woods Valley in Westernville and McCauley Mountain in Old Forge.
Proud Of Our Past
Our area is historically rich, with many village homes and businesses dating back over 100 years. Gerritt Boon, a Dutch land agent working for the famous Holland Land Company, founded our village in the spring of 1796. The first school was opened in 1802 and the first church opened in 1805. The Town of Boonville was created in 1805 and incorporated as a Village by 1855. The Hulbert House, built in 1812, was the first two-story building in the Village and still stands on the Village Square operating as a restaurant and hotel.
The Black River Canal was developed to connect the Erie Canal to the Black River. From Rome to Boonville (approximately 25 miles) it was necessary to build 70 locks to overcome a change in level of 693 feet. South of Boonville on Route 46, the canal’s Five Combines can still be seen. From Boonville to Lyons Falls where the canals met, 39 locks lifted their cargo over 386 feet. A canal lock park is located just three miles north of our Village on Route 12. A new scenic walkway along the canal links the Headwaters Plaza with Main Street.
Exquisite Small Town Attractions
We have no hectic resort atmosphere, just small town hospitality and friendly people. Our community combines the best of old-fashioned society with modern lifestyle and convenience. Our local businesses pride themselves on personal, friendly small-town with the latest goods and services to meet your shopping needs. Plenty of free parking ensures that you can shop, tour and just “poke around” to your heart’s content to experience all that we have to offer.
Some of our charming “old-fashioned” customs include band concerts in the Village Square every Friday evening during the summer, hosting the Boonville-Oneida County Fair since 1888, and being chosen as the site of the New York State Woodsmen’s Field Days for over 25 consecutive years.
Everyday Life With
Everything You Want
Our Village population numbers around 2200, and our Town population is about 4500 persons. Our residents and businesses benefit from low-cost electricity and water via our municipal utility system. Our businesses provide everything from full-service banking to hotels, jewelers, restaurants, gift shops, furniture and music stores, and local realtors that can help you find the perfect home or commercial property.
We maintain our own police department with assistance provided by the State Police and Sheriff’s Patrols from Oneida and Lewis Counties. We are protected by an outstanding volunteer fire department and ambulance service, with over 100 members maintaing the latest equipment, modern facilities and continuously updated training within the Village. Our medical facilities provide personalized services of all types, with several larger hospitals within 35 miles as needed. We have a full range of chiropractic, mental health, dental, and vision services available, and veterinary office to address the needs of animals large and small, common and exotic.
Preparing For Our Future
We have an education infrastructure that provides our children, and residents of all ages, endless opportunities for learning and growth. The Adirondack Central School System has elementary schools in Forestport, West Leyden and Boonville. The high school and middle school are located on Route 294 just outside the Village of Boonville. Beyond these, community colleges in Rome and Utica, two private colleges, a SUNY campus and several business schools and training centers offer a wide array of studies.
There are numerous service, fraternal, veterans and church organizations serving the community and spiritual needs of Boonville. The Kiwanis, Elks, Lions, Marine Corps League, VFW, American Legion, Masons, Knights of Columbus and their auxiliaries are widely active in community projects. The Boonville Historical Club and various youth organizations such as Boy Scouts and 4-H form a strong foundation of community spirit.
The Dodge-Pratt-Northam Art and Community Center has an ever-changing array of exhibits and classes and offers free tours of the historic Victorian mansion that houses the center. Next door, Erwin Library offers story hours and summer reading programs for local youth. The library is a member of the Mid-York Library System that enables access to a broader variety of books, films and reference materials available through inter-library loan.
We also cherish and value of Senior community. Our area offers senior communities at Kortenaer Village, located only a few blocks from downtown, as well as an adult home and a state and federally licensed nursing home with a caring and skilled staff. A senior nutrition site in the Village provides meals for home delivery or a social atmosphere for those who wish to dine on-site.
Spend Some Time and
Create Your Own Memories
We know you’ll always remember fondly your time with us in Boonville. Our visitors find themselves returning to here year after year and we invite you to join us for a day…or a lifetime. If you’re planning on visiting us or relocating here, please CLICK HERE to contact the Chamber via the most convenient method for you. We are here to serve you and can provide information on events, places of interest, community life or anything else we have to offer.