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Harrietstown, New York
Harrietstown Hall in Saranac Lake
Harrietstown Hall in Saranac Lake
Harrietstown, New York is located in New York
Harrietstown, New York
Harrietstown, New York
Location in New York
Country United States
State New York
County Franklin
 • Type Town Council
 • Total 213.64 sq mi (553.33 km2)
 • Land 196.95 sq mi (510.10 km2)
 • Water 16.69 sq mi (43.23 km2)
1,568 ft (478 m)
 • Total 5,709
 • Estimate 
 • Density 28.32/sq mi (10.93/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 518
FIPS code 36-033-32314
GNIS feature ID 0979050

Harrietstown is a town in Franklin County, New York, United States. The total population was 5,709 at the 2010 census, of whom 3,879 lived in the village of Saranac Lake on the eastern side of the town.

Harrietstown is in the southeastern corner of Franklin County and is south of the town of Brighton.


The area around Saranac Lake was first settled around 1819. Harrietstown was formed from the town of Duane in 1841. At the end of the 19th century it became the location for sanatoria for the treatment of lung diseases, taking advantage of the clear mountain air.

By 1900, the area became a tourist area, assisted by the winter carnivals begun in 1898.

Ames Cottage, Baird Cottage, Camp Intermission, Church Street Historic District, Colbath Cottage, Cottage Row Historic District, Distin Cottage, Drury Cottage, Ellenberger Cottage, Feisthamel-Edelberg Cottage, Feustmann Cottage, E. L. Gray House, Hillside Lodge, Hooey Cottage, Hopkins Cottage, Jennings Cottage, Johnson Cottage, Leis Block, Leis Cottage, Magill Cottage, McBean Cottage, Morgan Cottage, Noyes Cottage, Radwell Cottage, Ryan Cottage, Sarbanes Cottage, Schrader-Griswold Cottage, Seeley Cottage, Sloan Cottage, Smith Cottage, Stonaker Cottage, and Walker Cottage are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Harrietstown is inside the Adirondack Park and is the largest town by area in Franklin County. According to the United States Census Bureau, it has a total area of 213.7 square miles (553.4 km2), of which 196.9 square miles (509.9 km2) is land and 16.8 square miles (43.5 km2), or 7.87%, is water.

The south town line is the border of Hamilton County and Essex County. The east town line is also on the border of Essex County. The village of Saranac Lake is on the eastern border of the town, primarily in Harrietstown but extending east into the towns of St. Armand and North Elba in Essex County.

New York State Route 3 runs east–west through the town, while New York State Route 30 and New York State Route 86 traverse the town running north–south. NY-3 and NY-30 join in the western part of the town. New York State Route 186 connects NY-3 to NY-86 in the northern part of the town.

All of Lower Saranac Lake, most of Middle Saranac Lake, and the southern end of Upper Saranac Lake occupy a band across the central part of the town. They are drained by the Saranac River, which flows east through Oseetah Lake, then north through the village of Saranac Lake before exiting the town to the northeast and draining to Lake Champlain. The Raquette River, which flows northwest to the St. Lawrence River near Massena, crosses the southwest part of Harrietstown.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 181
1860 340 87.8%
1870 416 22.4%
1880 533 28.1%
1890 1,582 196.8%
1900 3,390 114.3%
1910 4,753 40.2%
1920 4,797 0.9%
1930 6,856 42.9%
1940 6,117 −10.8%
1950 6,014 −1.7%
1960 5,664 −5.8%
1970 5,643 −0.4%
1980 5,604 −0.7%
1990 5,621 0.3%
2000 5,575 −0.8%
2010 5,709 2.4%
2016 (est.) 5,577 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,575 people, 2,544 households, and 1,340 families residing in the town. The population density was 28.3 people per square mile (10.9/km2). There were 3,417 housing units at an average density of 17.4 per square mile (6.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.22% White, 0.52% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 2,544 households, out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.8% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.3% were non-families. 39.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 22.8% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,838, and the median income for a family was $45,505. Males had a median income of $32,833 versus $25,407 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,529. About 7.4% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 20.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Harrietstown

Small Island in Lower Saranac Lake
Lower Saranac Lake
Middle Saranac Lake - Lean-to
A lean-to at a campsite on Middle Saranac Lake
  • Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK) – An airport in the northeast part of the town that services Saranac Lake the region
  • Axton Landing – A hamlet in the south part of the town by the Raquette River and south of NY-30
  • Coreys – A location in the south part of the town, north of Axton Landing
  • Eagle Island – A prominent island in Lower Saranac Lake
  • Fish Creek Ponds – A location on the west side of Upper Saranac Lake
  • Follensby Pond – A lake by the west town line
  • Harrietstown – A hamlet near the eastern town line on NY-86 and east of the airport
  • Lake Clear – A lake near the west town line
  • Lake Clear – A hamlet near the west town line on NY-30, south of the same-named lake
  • Lake Clear Junction – A hamlet east of Lake Clear on NY-30
  • Lake Colby – A hamlet north of Saranac Lake village on NY-86
  • McMasters Crossing – A hamlet south of Lake Clear on County Road 50
  • Lower Saranac Lake – A lake southwest of Saranac Lake village
  • Middle Saranac Lake – A lake in the south part of the town, mostly within the town
  • Oseetah Lake – A lake on the east town line, south of Saranac Lake village
  • Saranac Lake – Part of the Village of Saranac Lake is at the eastern town line at the junction of NY-30 and NY-86
  • Upper St. Regis – A location on NY-30 by the north town line
  • Upper Saranac Lake – The south end of the lake is in the western part of the town
  • Wawbeek – A hamlet on NY-30 by the junction of County Road 45 at the west side of Upper Saranac Lake

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