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Hamilton County Co-ordinator:  Lisa K. Slaski

Brief History

Named in honor of Alexander Hamilton, this county was formed from Montgomery on 12 Feb 1816; but its independent organization was not completed until it achieved its mandated population of 1288 taxable inhabitants qualified to vote.  On 1 Jan 1838 it was partially organized and detached from Montgomery county and by 1847 it was fully organized.  The county occupies the central portions of the Adirondacks and within its 1745 square miles of mountainous land is located some 77 lakes. The county seat was located in the village of Sageville, which is now a part of the village of Lake Pleasant.  It is currently comprised of the following townships: Arietta, Benson, Hope, Indian Lake, Inlet, Lake Pleasant, Long Lake, Morehouse, and Wells.  At one time there was also a town of Gilman, which was formed 23 Apr 1839 with land primarily taken from Wells and Lake Pleasant and it was abolished 6 Apr 1860.  For more detailed information follow the "History" link in the table below!

Material on this site

History of Indian Lake - written in 1916

Inlet's Hess Camp in the News - later known as The Woods

Horrible Car Accident in Morehouseville Results in a Court Case

Morehouseville Hotels in the News

Links to other sites

There are many sites out there with useful information and many more that repeat some of what others have. Here are a few of them that I like to check out at times. Some of these sites provide links to other useful sites and resources and a few provide online databases that you can peruse. Of course, there are also many other very useful sites, including the standards, such as the subscription site, and the free sites of,, and among others.

County Resources

Hamilton County NYGenWeb, part of the USGenWeb's Hamilton County help page
Hamilton County NY History on Facebook
Inlet Historical Society
Piseco Lake Historical Society on Facebook
Hamilton County Express - online local newspaper digitized newspapers, some with info on Hamilton county people/events
Northern New York Newspapers digitized newspapers, some with info on Hamiton county people/events
Hamilton County Cemeteries on
Hamilton County Newspapers (library holdings)
Hamilton County Government
Hamilton County Dept. of Economic Development & Tourism
Hamilton County Wikipedia
Hope Farm Press History of Hamilton County
Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce

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