Hometown Tuesday Spotlight on Paris
Each Tuesday we’re putting the spotlight on a local community and today we’re heading to the town of Paris in Oneida County.
Paris is a scenic part of the area, south of Utica and known for it’s outstanding Paris Hill Potatoes.
The name Paris was given to the Town in honor of Colonel Isaac Paris, a merchant from Fort Plain, New York, who in 1789 generously supplied early residents of the Clinton area with corn and other food. The town was formed in 1792 from part of the town of Whitestown. In 1795, part of Paris was used to found the town of Sherburne (now in Chenango County). Paris is made up of several communities including Cassville, Clayville and Sauquoit.
The St. Paul’s Church and Cemetery at Paris Hill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
Town of Paris Historical Society is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 10-12 noon or by appointment. The town of Paris Museum is housed in what formerly served as a church and then a library. It contains collections of artifacts, photos and genealogical information from each of the 5 hamlets that comprise the Town of Paris.
Orchard Hall, a long-time restaurant and banquet hall in Sauquoit, part of the town of Paris, is a landmark. It’s been known to be haunted, and they even have a framed newspaper article in their lobby with details on the ghost sightings.
Michael O’Donoghue is a famous write who was born in Sauquoit. He was a major contributor to National Lampoon magazine, and was the first head writer of Saturday Night Live.
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