Butternuts, New York

From Main Street Museum Catalog Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Butternuts is a town located in Otsego County, New York, USA. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 1,786. The Town of Butternuts is located in the southwestern part of the county, and west of Oneonta.


Butternuts is generally believed to be named for three butternut (a.k.a. white walnut) trees growing from one stump that originally marked the corner of the townships of what is now New Lisbon, Pittsfield and Morris when this entire section of the county was surveyed by Richard Smith before the Revolution. Said tree was depicted as the corporate logo of the Butternuts Woolen & Cotton textile firm, but was cut down by the Lull family to build their log cabin.

In 1787, Abijah Gilbert and Jacob Morris, early owners of land in the county, were among the first who settled the town, Morris giving Gilbert land of his choice as payment for his services. Ample waterpower sites allowed for many industries in addition to agriculture that benefitted by the wide fertile valley floor along the Butternut and Unadilla.

The town was established from part of the Town of Unadilla in 1796. The north part of Butternuts was annexed to form the Town of Morris in 1849, and additional territory was taken from the Town of Unadilla in 1857.

Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 54.1 square miles (140 km2), of which, 54.1 square miles (140 km2) of it is land and 0.02% is water.

Butternuts Creek is an important stream flowing diagonally through the town, from Morris to the creek's confluence with the Unadilla River in the southwest corner of the town. It was named by early settlers who noted some unusual Butternut trees growing near it.

New York State Route 51 is a north-south highway in Butternuts, and was one of the first concrete paved highways in Upstate NY, starting from Mt. Upton northwards about 1919.


  • "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  • "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  • "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  • "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.