The Village of Hamilton

The Village is located in the Town of Hamilton in Madison County in the center of New York State on Route 12B, just 20 miles south of the New York State Thruway (I-90) and 30 miles east of I-81. Homes, shops and a country inn center on a village green that is the site of a weekly farmer’s market. Progressive leaders and the village’s 3,800 public-minded citizens ensure a host of activities and services from a community hospital, fire and ambulance, to day care and a variety of public celebrations. Public schools rank among the area’s best. A full range of medical services are available through Community Memorial Hospital. Colgate University’s academic, cultural and athletic resources are easily accessible. The resources of the State University of New York’s College at Morrisville are ten minutes away. 

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The Region

Hamilton is situated in the heart of New York State’s leatherstocking country, made famous in the writings of James Fenimore Cooper. In addition to the amenities of Hamilton itself, an easy hour’s drive takes one to Cooperstown with the Baseball Hall of Fame and Farmers’ Museum; Syracuse, home of Syracuse Stage and Symphoria, the former Syracuse Symphony; Utica, with Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute and the Stanley Performing Arts Center; Bouckville, which annually hosts one of the largest antique festivals in the East; or the southern border of the Adirondack Park.

Getting to Hamilton

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From Syracuse take the New York State Thruway east to exit 34 (Canastota), Route 5 east to Oneida, and Route 46 South (across Route 20) to 12B south.

From Utica take the North-South Arterial, Routes 8 & 12, South to 12B south.  Follow 12B to the center of the Village

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The Hamilton Municipal Airport
KVGC (formerly H-30) managed by CNY Aviation services (elevation 1,134’) has a 5314’ x 75’ paved runway with pilot-controlled lighting. FAA-certified mechanic service and fueling service (general aviation fuel and Jet A fuel) are located on site just north of the Village. Hangar space is available for 36 aircraft, including overnight storage of private and corporate jets. The phone number to the airport is 315-824-6681. 

Mid-York Business Airpark - recently acquired by the village with FAA assistance, the site is 100 acres of flat, well-drained land adjacent to Hamilton Municipal Airport, one mile from the village green. The airport site is ideally suited to the development of light industry or business services. 

Fire/Police/Ambulance - Emergency phone number 911; non-emergency phone number for fire department 315-824-2460; non-emergency phone number for police department is 315-824-3311 and the non-emergency number for SOMAC ambulance is 315-824-6867

The Hamilton Fire Department is made up of volunteers who are fully trained according to New York State law. The Police Department comprises a chief and three full-time officers.

SOMAC Ambulance - The Hamilton area is served by SOMAC (Southern Madison Ambulance Corps) an all volunteer organization with two full ALS, Advanced Life Support equipped ambulances.  One ambulance is designated for transfers and the other for emergencies, but both are fully ALS equipped and either can be used for emergencies.  SOMAC is providing 24/7 coverage with a paramedic and driver dispatched by the county 911 service.

Education - Hamilton Central School provides instruction from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Chenango Nursery School offers pre-school programs and day care. Hamilton is the home of Colgate University, founded in 1819 and coeducational since 1970. Colgate is a four-year independent liberal arts college with a small graduate program. Many of its programs and facilities are open to the public.

Utilities - The Municipal Utilities Commission provides electric, water and sewage services. The village electric rate is among the lowest in the state. Water comes from wells located near the high school Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2006. Monthly statements include charges for all three services. (Billing questions: 315-824-1111, Service: 315-824-2120).

Library - The Hamilton Public Library is affiliated with the Mid-York Library System and offers book cassettes and videos as well as fiction, non-fiction and periodicals.

Recreation - The village provides a summer recreation program for children which includes swimming instruction at the Colgate pool, tennis and crafts. Summer band concerts on the village green are also offered.

Churches - First Baptist Church, the Mother Church of Colgate, is the village's oldest church. Other houses of worship include Park United Methodist, St. Thomas' Episcopal, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Hamilton Bible Fellowship, Cornerstone Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a Colgate Jewish Center (Saperstein).

Medical - Community Memorial Hospital serves more than 20 area communities. Fully accredited, the hospital has 44 acute care beds and a 40-bed skilled nursing facility, two surgical suites and an 8-bay emergency room. Adjacent to the hospital is a satellite of Cooperstown's Bassett Hospital -- Bassett Healthcare. Area specialists see Hamilton patients on specified dates.

Cemeteries - Woodlawn Cemetery is located off Lebanon Street and St. Joseph's Cemetery, maintained by St. Mary's Church, is on Route 12B north. Many of Hamilton's historical figures are buried in the Madison Street Cemetery, which is now closed. Colgate maintains a cemetery atop the hill.                  Back to top of page