Area Information

Area Information



Settlement of Watertown began in 1800 as New England pioneers created an industrial center thanks to its location adjacent to the Black River. The community thrived and developed quickly as the public square was laid out by 1805, the same year Watertown became the Jefferson County seat. Water power boosted industry growth with the first portable steam engine manufactured in 1847, followed by the arrival of the railroad in 1851. An early industrial city, Watertown also developed educated professionals.


Watertown provides numerous ways to spend a day. Thompson Park includes scenic views, a playground, the New York State Zoo, golf and picnic areas. Thompson Park also hosts the Syracuse Symphony summer concert every July. Veteran’s Memorial Riverwalk allows for peaceful walks along the Black River near the center of town. Additional walking trails can be found at Waterworks and Marble Street Park. Fishing is prolific at Marble Street Park, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Rafting is also popular with three rafting companies located in Watertown. There’s always something happening at Alex Duffy Fairgrounds including baseball, swimming and concerts to name a few.

A weekly farmer’s market, city library, Adirondack Mountains, Burrville Cider Mill, Dry Hill Ski Area, Boldt Castle, Thousand Island Wine Trail, Fort Drum, Sacket Harbor, Antique Boat Museum in Clayton and Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lowville are additional popular attractions.


Samaritan Medical Center is a 294-bed medical center offering a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatients healthcare services. From primary and emergency care to high specialized medical and surgical services, Samaritan Medical Center proudly serves the needs of our civilian and military community. Samaritan also operates numerous community clinics and satellite testing centers with more than 2,000 employees and over 180 physicians in 40 different specialties.


Watertown City School District serves K-12 students with five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school There are also private/parochial learning opportunities. Jefferson Community College is a two-year, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education college. The JCC campus also includes an Extended Learning Center operated by Empire State College.

Greater Watertown is a great place to live and work as evident by its history as a booming commercial center. This area features lush farmlands, miles of waterfront, acres of forests and quaint villages. The economy features nationally recognized manufacturing companies like Little Trees Air Fresheners in addition to numerous national retailers and local businesses. The growth of Fort Drum has diversified the area and created a unique blend of the military and civilian communities.


The weather of Watertown is characterized as humid continental meaning cold, snowy winters and warm, wet summers. The warmest months of the year see temperatures in the upper 70s and during the winter highs are in the uppers 20s and lower 30s. Snowfall totals average more than 100 inches per year, while the area also receives 43 inches of rain.

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