The Village of Hamilton is a village located within the town of Hamilton in Madison County, New York, United States. It is the location of Colgate University and has a population at 4,239 at the 2010 census. The 2017 movie Pottersville starring Michael Shannon and Judy Greer was filmed here. The village, located at 42°49′32″N 75°32′40″W (42.825646, -75.544673), lies in the Chenango Valley, just south of the headwaters of the Chenango River. Northeast of the village Payne Brook starts at Lake Moraine and travels through the village before converging with the Chenango River. The village is approximately 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Syracuse and 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Utica.
The elevation of the village’s municipal airport (Hamilton Municipal Airport) is approximately 1,100 feet (340 m) above sea level.The area that became the town of Hamilton (including the village of Hamilton) originally was inhabited by members of the Iroquois League, and some of the territory is still considered to be sacred by the Oneida Indian Nation. Following the American Revolution, the area was ceded to the State of New York. Until 1878, Hamilton was an original outpost of the Chenango Canal. The town of Hamilton was founded near what is now Earlville and then it gradually expanded into a wide area populated by farms and settlements.
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