Town of
Forestport
Oneida County, NY
 History 


"Main street-Forestport Spring 1943" as written on the back of photo
Historical Timeline:
TOWN OF FORESTPORT HlSTORICAL TIMELINE 
                 
1825 -         Erie Canal System Complete      
                 
1836 -         Black River Canal System Constructed    
                 
1840 -         Irish Settlement Developed        
                 
1869 -         Forestport becomes a Township      
                 
1870 -         First Town Governmental Body Elected    
                 
1880-          Lumbering/Farming/Tourism Booms    
                 
1887 -         Rich and Famous visit/some stay      
                 
1889 -         Dam built to form Kayuta Lake      
                 
1890 -         Waterways used for commerce      
                 
1891 -         Fire destroys village        
                 
1892 -         Water District being developed      
                 
1893 -         Forestport called "Gateway" to the Adirondacks  
                 
1894 -         Area described as Tourist Paradise      
                 
1897-          First Library built          
                 
1898-          Dam breached          
                 
1899 -         Fire destroys village a second time      
                 
1900 -         10 area schools established      
                 
1902 -         Forests stripped/lumbering slows      
                 
1903 -         Town changes to Village form of Government  
                 
1904 -         Hydro-Electric plant built on Black River    
                 
1905 -         Hydro plant sold to Town of Inlet      
                 
1906 -         Fire destroys village a third time      
                 
1913 -         Building of railway spurs commerce/tourism  
                 
1915 -         Diminished logging firms use rails to ship timber  
                 
1920 -         Logging teams replaced by motorized tractors  
                 
1921  -        Exodus of lumbering industry and farming    
                 
1922 -         Black River Feeder Canal abandoned    
                 
1923 -         Auto replaces livery teams for railroad tourists  
                 
1924 -         Village of Forestport purchases power from Inlet  
                 
1925 -         Development towards North Lake      
                 
1926 -         Village tax base erodes        
                 
1929-          Erie Canal closed          
                 
1929 -         The Great Depression        
                 
1935 -         Only 135 voters in the Town      
                 
1936 -         Unpaid electric bills cause Village to bankrupt  
                 
1937 -         Forestport Village unincorporated - becomes Hamlet
                 
1937 -         State Route 28 bypasses the Hamlet    
                 
1941  -        W.W. II brings work for residents out of area  
                 
1942 -         Gas rationing slows tourism to area    
                 
1943 -         First Woodsmen Field Days held in Town    
                 
1944 -         Otter Lake becomes resort area      
                 
1945 -         Logs floated on Adirondack waterways for last time
                 
1949 -         Area around Kayuta Lake developed    
                 
1950 -         Restoration starts again - Local businessmen attempt to draw
                  business to the area            
                 
                 
1951  -        New fishing tackle business developed    
                 
1969 -         New elementary school built on Rte. 28    
                 
1970 -         Forestport's Centennial is celebrated    
                 
1977 -         General Store opened on O'Brien Road - Forest Food Stop
                 
1980 -         U.S. census shows 1,552 permanent residents in Hamlet
                 
1981 -         Property values increase        
                 
1986 -         Site Review Law Adopted        
                 
1988-89 -    Water Wells are drilled        
                 
1990 -         Pressure tank installed in Irish Settlement with chlorination system
                 
1990 -         Water and Sewer projects undertaken in Village  
                 
1993 -         Woodgate Fire Dept. formed - separates from Forestport
                 
1993-94 -     Sewer project completed        
                 
1994 -         Cellular One builds town's first cellular tower in Woodgate
                 
1994 -         Woodgate Library adds a new wing to their building
                 
1995 -         New Convenience store built in Otter Lake    
                 
1996 -         Otter Lake Fire Dept. completes an addition to their building
                 
1996 -         Bridges on Rte 28 over Black River in Forestport reconstructed
                 
1996 -        New water building and upgrade of Irish Settlement area water system
                 
1997 -         New Fire Hall built in Woodgate      
                 
1997 -         New Woodgate Post Office opens - First move since 1925
                 
1997 -         Snowmobile Shootout first held in Woodgate - part of the
                  Old Forge Snodeo            
                 
1998 -         White Otter Fish and Game Club complex is built on Woodgate Drive
                 
1998 -         Community Theatre begins first season in Woodgate
                 
1998 -        Adirondack Railway restores rail service through township
                 from Utica to Old Forge          
                 
1999 -        Woodgate Library adds first internet connection to the public
                 
1999-         RADC 1200' tower at North Lake removed    
                 
2000 -        Town acquires former North Lake tower site  
                 
2000 -         Stone Quarry developers want to open old stone quarry at White Lake
                                
                 
2002 -         "Draft" Master Plan presented to the Town Board  
                 
2003 -          Revised "Draft" Master Plan presented to the Town Board
                 

2005 -          Route 28 Bridge dedicated to PVC. Gregory Huxley, Jr.

 

2006 -          North Country National Scenic Trail opened in Forestport

 

2006 -          First annual Old Forestport Days Celebration held in Forestport

 

               

2007 -          Subdivision Law adopted

 

2007 -          Dutch Hill Ballfield receives funding for new

                   fencing and lighted, electronic scoreboard.

                   The ballpark's facelift made the local news.

       
Historic Forestport Photos:

http://www.midyorklib.org/woodgate/woodgate-image-postcard-gallery/

Images of early Forestport, its hamlets and the surrounding area, courtesy of the Woodgate Free Library.

 

Forestport's History in the Newspapers!

http://www.midyorklib.org/woodgate/woodgate-local-history/

The Woodgate Free Library has made a concerted effort to document both hamlet and town history through newspaper clippings and other documents. This link will provide you an opportunity to pick a year and see what articles are available.

Genealogy:

http://www.midyorklib.org/woodgate/woodgate-local-genealogy/

Local genealogy info from the Forestport area, courtesy of the Woodgate Free Library.

Documents:
The attached article was written by former Town Historian Hilda Avery in 1977 as a part of the Oneida County US Bicentennial celebration book, "The History of Oneida County", and re-printed in 1998 by the Oneida County Historical Society as "Exploring 200 Years of Oneida County History".  It is available here with permission of the Society.
Images:
Field Days
'Below the State Dam"
River Street