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Fayette, New York
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Fayette, New York
Location within the state of New York
Country United States
State New York
County Seneca
Settled 1790
Established March 14, 1800[1]
 • Type Town Board
 • Supervisor Cindy Garlick Lorenzetti
 • Clerk Debra Vanni
 • Court Justice Joseph Sapio
 • Total 66.40 sq mi (171.98 km2)
 • Land 54.82 sq mi (141.98 km2)
 • Water 11.58 sq mi (30.00 km2)
Elevation 574 ft (175 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,929
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 3,873
 • Density 70.65/sq mi (27.28/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13065
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-25505
GNIS feature ID 0978954

Fayette is a town in Seneca County, New York, United States. The population was 3,929 at the 2010 census.

The Town of Fayette is in the north central part of the county and is southeast of Geneva, New York.

A post office is located in the Town of Fayette although the area is covered by four postal districts. Only the immediate hamlet of Fayette uses a ZIP Code of 13065 for Fayette.[4] Addresses in the eastern section have a ZIP Code of 13148 for Seneca Falls.[5] The central section of the town has a ZIP Code of 13165 for Waterloo, while addresses in the western section have a ZIP Code of 14456 for Geneva.[6][7]


Seneca was part of the Central New York Military Tract and was first settled around 1790.

The town was established from part of the Town of Romulus in 1800 as the "Town of Washington", but adopted the current name in 1803.

In Fayette on April 6, 1830, Joseph Smith, who was from nearby Palmyra, New York, organized the Church of Christ in a log home owned by Peter Whitmer, Sr.. Whitmer was one of five others besides Smith who were the initial six members. Of the Latter Day Saint movement started by Smith, the largest of those would later be known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

In 1980 this reconstructed log home, built on the site of the original Whitmer home, was dedicated as part of the LDS Church's sesquicentennial celebrations. The home was dedicated by LDS Church president Spencer W. Kimball and was broadcast by satellite, as part of the church's semi-annual church general conference, to many LDS stake centers around the world. The Whitmer log home continues to be operated as a religious historical site by the LDS Church.

The Christ Evangelical and Reformed Church and William Hoster House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rose Hill Mansion is a National Historic Landmark.[8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 66.5 square miles (172 km2), of which, 55.2 square miles (143 km2) of it is land and 11.3 square miles (29 km2) of it (17.00%) is water.

The west town line is Seneca Lake, and the east town line is Cayuga Lake. The north town line is partly marked by the Seneca River, which is part of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, linked to the Erie Canal system.

New York State Route 89, New York State Route 96, New York State Route 96A, and New York State Route 414 are all north-south highways through the town. New York State Route 336 is a short east-west highway between McDougall and Fayette.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 2,869
1830 3,216 12.1%
1840 3,731 16.0%
1850 3,786 1.5%
1860 3,742 −1.2%
1870 3,364 −10.1%
1880 3,316 −1.4%
1890 2,912 −12.2%
1900 2,711 −6.9%
1910 2,593 −4.4%
1920 2,215 −14.6%
1930 2,396 8.2%
1940 2,383 −0.5%
1950 2,557 7.3%
1960 2,825 10.5%
1970 2,997 6.1%
1980 3,561 18.8%
1990 3,636 2.1%
2000 3,643 0.2%
2010 3,929 7.9%
Est. 2016 3,873 [3] 6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 3,929 people, 1,535 households, and 1,114 families residing in the town. The population density was 71.2 people per square mile (27.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.7% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 1,535 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 20, 5.3% from 20 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 31.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.8 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $69,545, and the median income for a family was $75,441. Males had a median income of $47,659 versus $34,450 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,075. About 4.5% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.


There were 1,884 housing units at an average density of 34.1 per square mile (13.2/km²). 18.5% of housing units were vacant.

There were 1,535 occupied housing units in the town. 1,301 were owner-occupied units (84.8%), while 234 were renter-occupied (15.2%). The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3% of total units. The rental unit vacancy rate was 6.0%.[10]

NOTE: It is common for resort communities to have higher than normal vacant house counts. Many are vacation homes which are seasonal and not regularly occupied.

Communities and locations in the Town of Fayette[]

  • Canoga – A hamlet near Cayuga Lake by NY-89.
  • Canoga Springs – A hamlet in the east part of the town on County Road 121.
  • Fayette – The hamlet of Fayette on NY-414 at the south town line.
  • Kuneytown – A hamlet south of Canoga Springs, located on County Road 154.
  • Pastime Park – A lakeside hamlet on Seneca Lake.
  • Rose Hill – A hamlet on NY-96A in the western part of Fayette.
  • MacDougall – A hamlet on the south town line on NY-336.
  • Seneca Lake State Park – A state park near the northwest part of Fayette at the Seneca River in the Town of Waterloo.
  • Teall Beach – A lakeside hamlet on Seneca Lake.
  • Waterloo – The south part of the Village of Waterloo is on NY-96 at the north town line.
  • Yale – A hamlet on the south town line on County Road 126.
  • Yost Corners – A location near the town center.

Notable people[]

  • Peter Whitmer, Sr., a prominent early Latter Day Saint, one of the first six members of the church founded by Joseph Smith in 1830. The Peter Whitmer log home was rebuilt in 1979-1980 by the LDS Church.
  • Red Jacket, "Saguwatha" ("the keeper awake"), the Seneca chief was born here.
  • Robert Scott Duncanson, artist
  • Robert S. Rose, former US Congressman

See also[]

  • Border City Fire Department


External links[]

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