- Waverly, Tioga County, New York
: "Another Waverly is a town in
Franklin County, New York".
official_name = Waverly, New York
settlement_type = Village
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of New York
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Tioga
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 6.1
area_land_km2 = 5.9
area_water_km2 = 0.1
area_total_sq_mi = 2.3
area_land_sq_mi = 2.3
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 4607
population_density_km2 = 777.3
population_density_sq_mi = 2013.3
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 248
elevation_ft = 814
latd = 42 |latm = 0 |lats = 19 |latNS = N
longd = 76 |longm = 32 |longs = 16 |longEW = W
postal_code = 14892
area_code = 607
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 36-78806GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0968940GR|3
website = http://www.waverlybarton.com/
footnotes = ----
The Village of Waverly is the largest
villagein Tioga County, New York, United Stateswith a population of 4,607 in the 2000 census. It is located southeast of Elmira, NY in the Southern Tierregion. This village was incorporated as the southwest part of the Town of Barton in 1854. The village name is attributed to Joseph "Uncle Joe" Hallett, [cite book |last= Albertson|first= Charles L.|title= History Of Waverly, N.Y. and vicinity|year= 1943|publisher= Waverly Sun newspaper|location= Waverly, NY|pages= p. 88|chapter= Chapter XXVII. Early Waverly|chapterurl= http://content.ancestry.com/browse/bookview.aspx?dbid=12711&iid=dvm_LocHist003079-00055-0&rc=1299,3769,1414,3809;1415,3768,1593,3808;1595,3766,1678,3806;1678,3763,1929,3808&pid=155&ssrc=&fn=&ln=Record+The+Name+Of+Waverly&st=g|quote= To Mr. Hallett also belongs the distinction of having given the name of Waverly, having taken it from his favorite author, Sir Walter Scott's famous work of fiction.] founder of its first Fire Department and pillar of the community, who conceived the name by dropping the 2nd "e" from the name of his favorite author's novel, Waverley by Sir Walter Scott.
John Shepard originally settled in this area, which he called Milltown, in the early 1700s. The town was established near
Cayuta Creek, also known as Shepard's Creek, which provided water power for the flour and sawmillsin the area. Originally the town was located in Pennsylvaniauntil it was resurveyed and it was found to be mistakenly 1/4 of a mile north which moved the town into New York State. The town was then named Factoryville and a smaller town was also established named Villemont. The community began to thrive upon the arrival of the Erie Railroadand Broad St. flourished because of its proximity to the railroad. Approximately forty-one trains entered the village per day and 6,000 people lived in the village in the early 1900s. The town possessed seven hotels during the railroading period along with grocery stores, restaurants, and bars. The largest celebration ever in the village was the August, 26th 1910 Old Home Celebration which lasted four hours and packed the streets with spectators. Several factories of note included the Hall-Lyonsfurniture factory which is located on Broad Street. The Manoil Manufacturing Co.which was prominent from 1937-1941. The toy company made Hollow-cast toy soldiers(sometimes called dime store soldiers) and toy airplanes and cars and is located on Providence Street. The 1940s and 1950s was also the heyday of the famous J.E. Rodeoorganization, the only rodeo ranch east of the Mississippi River.cite book |last= Westermeier|first= Clifford P.|coauthors= Bill Crawford, Kristine Fredriksson|title= Man, Beast, Dust: The Story of Rodeo|origyear= 1947|year= 2005|publisher= University of Nebraska Press|isbn= 0803298439 |pages= pp. 269-270 |chapter= Tumbleweeds In The East|chapterurl= http://books.google.com/books?id=xSxgZsh0FhwC&pg=PA269&vq=eskew&source=gbs_search_r&cad=1_1&sig=ACfU3U0zoGGAg3yY02YfMF2i7p9mxi_0GA#PPA269,M1|quote=
pp. 269-270 There exists, more or less, a gentlemen's agreement between the Eskew organization and others of a similar nature to the effect that the J E group is to work in the eastern and northeastern section of the United States in staging rodeos for cities, towns, state and country fairs, and in supplying an entire show or just the stock and featured contract performers.
p. 270 The location of the J E Ranch at Waverly, in the south-central part of New York State has created a tremendous interest in rodeo sports in the East.
p. 270 The season in the East opens in April and takes this organization into Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.] The rodeo traveled throughout the
Mid Atlanticand New Englandstates.
Despite designation of 600 acres of wooded, picturesque land surrounding the Waverly Reservoir property and encompassing Waverly Glen park, as Two Rivers State Park in 2005, efforts are still ongoing between local and state officials to develop a Master Plan for adding more amenities to the park. At the present time, hiking and biking trails are available, as well as family recreation with picnic tables, a basketball court, two tennis courts, children's gym equipment, covered pavilions, water taps and
barbecuefireplaces. More funding is essential and expanded features such as river access (which is 2 to 3 miles away) and nearby golfing privileges would attract more visitors and provide a big boost for the local economy.
Waverly is located at 42°0'19" North, 76°32'16" West (42.005247, -76.537892)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 2.14% water.
Chemung Riverskirts the western edge of the village, and joins the Susquehanna Riverabout 6 miles south of the village, in Athens Township, Pennsylvania. Another Susquehanna tributary, Cayuta Creek, also known locally as Shepard's Creek, flows through the eastern part of the village before joining the Susquehanna in Sayre, Pennsylvania.
Waverly is so close to the state border that the village is part of a much larger community that runs into Bradford County,
Pennsylvania. Waverly, combined with Sayre and Athens Pennsylvania, make up one larger community called "The Valley". The three communities (Waverly, NY, Sayre and Athens PA) make up the larger community of "The Valley" which just happens to have a state border running through it. Waverly is also a short distance from the border of Chemung County to the west.
The village is adjacent to NY Route 17, the
Southern Tier Expressway. New York State Route 17Cand New York State Route 34intersect at the village. The northern terminus of U.S. Route 220is at NY 17C (Chemung Street) in the west end of the village. In the early 1970s, when New York State extended its NY 17 freeway project westward through the Southern Tier, thirty-one houses in Waverly were destroyed through eminent domain.
Cheesefactory is the largest employer in Waverly, and currently, the largest supplier of cheese for pizzachains in the eastern United States. It specializes in mozzarellacheese produced from milk provided by local dairy farms. The New York/Pennsylvania state line runs through the middle of the plant. Its parent company, Leprino Foods, is also a leading U.S. manufacturer and exporter of sweet whey, whey proteinand lactoseproducts and claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of mozzarella and pizza cheese.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 4,607 people, 1,877 households, and 1,128 families residing in the village. The population densitywas 2,013.3 people per square mile (776.8/km²). There were 2,052 housing units at an average density of 896.7/sq mi (346.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.63% White, 0.63% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,877 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the village the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $28,958, and the median income for a family was $39,522. Males had a median income of $31,544 versus $24,492 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village was $14,945. 13.3% of the population and 9.5% of families were below the poverty line. 18.3% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
The Morning Times(based in Sayre; serves Waverly, Sayre, Athens and surrounding communities)
Star Gazette(based in Elmira; serves Tioga, Chemung and Steuben Counties in NY and Bradford County in PA)
WAVR(based in Sayre; licensed in Waverly for FM broadcastingto the Twin Tiersmarket)
* WATS (based in Sayre; licensed in Sayre for
AM broadcastingto the Twin Tiersmarket)
Waverly is served by the
Waverly Central School District.
* [http://www.waverlybarton.com Waverly/Barton Joint Municipal Government website]
* [http://www.tiogacountyny.com/towns_villages/barton.php Brief description Waverly/Barton]
* [http://www.tiogahistory.org Tioga County Historical Society Museum and Library]
* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~nytioga/rodeo.htm J.E. Rodeo "Rodeo Capital of the East" from the Evening Times of Sayre, Pennsylvania.]
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