Sherburne is a town within the north border of Chenango County, New York, United States. Our town contains two villages, one named Sherburne and the other named Earlville. Our Town provides many services and products. We are situated at the crossroads of Rt 80 East and West and Route 12 North and South making for easy access for travel and commerce.
Our Town of 4,000 residents is home to the Rogers Environmental Center, Gaines Memorial Park with its bandstand, Rexford Falls, Paddleford Park and the Town Public Library which is housed in a historic building in the Village and is part of the 4-County Library System. We have a Historic Park which houses our rich history.
On the Historic Park property is the new outdoor ice skating rink to be enjoyed during the winter months. We are home of the Sherburne-Earlville Central School system, which is highly respected for the quality education our children receive. The Town is connected to Sherburne Municipal Electric system. We host the Pageant of Bands which grows our Town by thousands of visitors the 1st Saturday in June every year.
Our historic Sherburne Inn is in the process of being restored through a combination of grants and many local contributions. Rotary sponsors a Music in the Park series each summer. The Sherburne Music/Theater Society and The Earlville Opera House provide year-round entertainment for our residents and the many visitors who flock here to share these treasures with us. Our weekly Newspaper, The Sherburne News, keeps us informed on local activities.
The area that became Sherburne, part of the Chenango River valley, was originally inhabited by the Oneida people, until the late 1780s when the state of New York purchased the land from them. These parcels were later sold at auction in New York City.
The settlement of Sherburne occurred around 1792 near the present-day Sherburne village. The town was named after the tune “Sherburne”, written by Daniel Read in 1783. The early inhabitants had a habit of frequently singing the tune, which was a great favorite with them. Most of the earliest inhabitants and settlers of Sherburne were originally from the town of Kent, Litchfield County, Connecticut. Sometime around 1785 or 1786, two years after the Treaty of Paris and Treaties of Versailles were signed on September 3, 1783, ending the American Revolutionary War, the future proprietors and pioneers of Sherburne left Kent and emigrated to Duanesburgh, Schenectady County, New York. After a few years there they had been unable to secure title to the lands on which they settled. It was at that point that they resolved to move again as a body to the Chenango Valley, which had just begun to open lands in the Twenty Townships…
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