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Lowville, New York
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Lowville (village), New York is located in New York
Lowville (village), New York
Lowville (village), New York
Location in New York
Lowville (village), New York is located in the United States
Lowville (village), New York
Lowville (village), New York
Location in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Lewis
Town Lowville
Settled 1797
Incorporated 1847
Rechartered 1858
 • Total 1.91 sq mi (4.95 km2)
 • Land 1.91 sq mi (4.95 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
883 ft (269 m)
 • Total 3,470
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,733.12/sq mi (669.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-43720
GNIS feature ID 956123

Lowville is a village in Lewis County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 3,470. The village is in the Black River Valley, between the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and the Tug Hill Plateau, in an area often referred to as the North Country. It is located in the center of Lewis County, in the southeastern part of the similarly named town of Lowville.

Lowville is the county seat of Lewis County. The name of both the village and town is derived from Nicholas Low, an early landowner of Dutch descent, who had emigrated with his wife and three small children from a rural village outside of Amsterdam in 1778.


Silas Stow, an early settler, established himself in Lowville in 1797. The Village of Lowville was incorporated in 1847 and charter was adopted in 1854. It was rechartered in 1858. It was designated the county seat in 1864, succeeding the community of Martinsburg.

Within the village, the Franklin B. Hough House is a National Historic Landmark, and it, along with the Bateman Hotel, Lewis County Fairgrounds, Lewis County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Lowville Presbyterian Church, and Stoddard–O'Connor House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Recreation and attractions

Attractions in Lowville include parks, such as the Veteran's Memorial Park which includes the Hospice Garden, and the Village Bandstand, where the community gathers for various types of entertainment. Whetstone Gulf Park, located just outside the village, offers camping, swimming, fishing, and cross country skiing as well as canoeing. Because of the average annual snowfall, Lowville is known for snowmobiling activity.

Also the well notable Maple Ridge Farm is home to the longest Tubing Hill in the Winter time. It is also the location of many events such as the Annual October Harvest of the Arts, weddings, and parties. It is currently owned by Adirondack Mennonite Camping Association.

Lewis County Fairgrounds is host to such activities as a farmers' market, horse shows, auctions, Relay for Life, and various sports activities, such as lacrosse, soccer, baseball, and football. They also have a Pavilion where people can skate during the wintertime. Every summer, Lowville is host to the annual Lewis County Fair at the Lewis County Fairgrounds, as well as the Lowville Cream Cheese Festival. On September 21, 2013, the Cream Cheese Festival entered the Guinness World Records for producing the world's largest cheesecake, with a seven-foot-wide, 6900 pound cheesecake.


Lowville is located at 43°47′11″N 75°29′15″W / 43.78639°N 75.48750°W / 43.78639; -75.48750 (43.786662, -75.487645).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), all land.

The village is at the junction of New York State Route 12, New York State Route 26, and New York State Route 812. It is just west of the Black River and Mill Creek flows eastward through the village to the river.

Whetstone Gulf, a three-mile-long canyon cut into the eastern side of the Tug Hill Plateau, is located near the town. The canyon is part of Whetstone Gulf State Park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,511
1900 2,352 −6.3%
1910 2,940 25.0%
1920 3,127 6.4%
1930 3,423 9.5%
1940 3,578 4.5%
1950 3,671 2.6%
1960 3,616 −1.5%
1970 3,671 1.5%
1980 3,364 −8.4%
1990 3,632 8.0%
2000 3,476 −4.3%
2010 3,470 −0.2%
2019 (est.) 3,312 −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,476 people, 1,403 households, and 882 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,830.8 people per square mile (706.4/km2). There were 1,588 housing units at an average density of 836.4 per square mile (322.7/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.66% White, 0.75% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 1,403 households, out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $32,841, and the median income for a family was $42,399. Males had a median income of $31,831 versus $21,422 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,172. About 13.9% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.


Lowville is the economic hub of Lewis County. Lowville is home to many chain stores such as Walmart, Tractor Supply, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Advance Auto Parts, Tops Markets, Stewarts shops, Kinney Drugs, Fastrac, 7-11, McDonald's, Arby's, Subway etc. It is also home to many local shops and restaurants such as Lloyd's of Lowville, Jebs, Gary's Restaurant, Café Z, Cozy Country Corner, Marguerites Emporium, and Town Hall Movie Theater.

Lowville is a manufacturing hub, with one of the largest Kraft factories the company has producing all the company's Cream cheese and Cheese sticks. Next door to Kraft is the QubicaAMF bowling pin factory, the largest bowling pin factory in the world. There are also several paper mills around the area.


Lowville Academy and Central School is located in the village, where it provides a K-12 education to approximately 1,500 students. The school was founded on March 21, 1808, by charter of the New York State Board of Regents and is one of the longest continually-operating schools in New York. The school won football Class C titles in 2016 and 2019 and made it to the 2019 basketball state title game before falling 75–74 in overtime.

Lowville is home to a satellite campus of Jefferson Community College. The campus offers college credit and non-college credit courses.



Lowville is served by New York State Route 26, New York State Route 812, and New York State Route 12.

Notable people

  • Ela Collins, US congressman
  • Renie Cox, skier in the 1960 Winter Olympics
  • Charles Dayan, US congressman
  • Charles Melville Dewey, painter
  • Franklin B. Hough, forester
  • Jessie Fremont O'Donnell (1860–1897), writer
  • Peter Ostrum, childhood actor (played Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), now a veterinarian who resides in Lowville
  • Donald Planty, United States Ambassador to Guatemala
  • Silas Stow, land agent
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