Cazenovia is a town in Madison County, New York, United States. The population was 7,086 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Theophilus Cazenove, an agent of the Holland Land Company. The Town of Cazenovia has a village also named Cazenovia. The town is on the county’s western border. The village of Cazenovia is home to Cazenovia College, a small liberal arts college in the greater Syracuse area. It was founded in 1824, known then as the Genesee Seminary. The Town of Cazenovia was established in 1793 by the Towns of Whitestown and Paris (both in Oneida County) before the creation of Madison County. Subsequently, other towns in the county were formed from partitions of its territory. Cazenovia was part of a region called “The Gore,” based on a surveying error.
It was founded by John Lincklaen, an agent of the Holland Land Company, and was named after Theophilus Cazenove, Lincklaen’s boss. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.7 square miles (134.0 km2), with 49.9 square miles (129.2 km2) of land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of (3.54%) water. The town contains Cazenovia Lake. The west town line is the border of Onondaga County. U.S. Route 20, also known as Albany Street, crosses the town. As of the census of 2000, there were 6,481 people, 2,353 households, and 1,658 families residing in the town. The population density was 129.9 people per square mile (50.2/km2).
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