It was named in honor of George Clinton, the first governor of New York State, and in 1843, by then the hub of the growing Town of Kirkland, it was incorporated as a village. It is the home of Hamilton College, third oldest in the State, founded in 1793.
Although more agriculturally oriented than industrial, Clinton is the original home of the nationally known Bristol-Myers Company which got its start in the second floor rooms of a West Park Row building in 1887. The Town once boasted of considerable mineral spring activity as well as several textile mills, the largest of which, built by A. B. Clark & Company, resulted in the nearby community of Clark Mills.
The population was 1,942 at the 2010 census.
In the heart of the Village of Clinton is the Village Green where many community events happen. Around the green are very unique local businesses and restaurants. In the summer, there’s nothing better than getting a cup of coffee from a locally-owned coffee shop and sitting on a bench in the Village Green.
Living in Clinton offers residents a dense suburban feel. It’s just a few minutes away from Utica and about 45 minutes away from Syracuse. Also, if you like taking a nice Sunday drive, Clinton has amazing views from its many back roads.
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