A small town of around 6,000 in Onondaga County, Elbridge, New York is unique in that it is both rich with history and full of fun things to do. Named after Elbridge Gerry, the fifth Vice President of the United States of America and signer of the Declaration of Independence, this little-known town has so much to offer. Explore Elbridge today to see what makes it so unique.
Lying west of Syracuse, Elbridge was founded shortly following the American Revolution. What makes this even more interesting is that the town was given to veterans of the war as payment for their service during the War of Independence. The Town of Elbridge was officially formed in 1829, although the first Anglo-European settler was government surveyor Josiah Buck in the 1700’s.
Officially, the Town of Elbridge consists of two villages: The Village of Elbridge (1848) and the Village of Jordan (1835).
While Dwight H. Bruce originally described the area as, "a densely-wooded wilderness, frequented by Indians and inhabited by bears, wolves and other beasts of the forest and could not have presented an appearance other than of gloomy waste," the land was in fact disputed early on.
Before the white settlers came, the land was inhabited by the Onondaga of the Iroquois Nation. They had several fortifications built in the area, and the largest of them all still stands today on the Seneca River.
Although Elbridge is a small town, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to see, do, and eat. While in Elbridge, be sure to check out the Elbridge Fire Company Inc., Hart Lot Happening, Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, and Art Alive-Face Painting by Shannon.
Afterwards, you can fill up your stomach at some of the local restaurants. Be sure to try Tres Primos, Bailiwick Market and Cafe, Mac’s Family Restaurant, and Mario’s Pizza Pasta & Wings.