Learn More About Whitney Point N.Y, Greater Binghamton’s Northern Most Town
Today we begin a new feature called ‘Our Neighborhoods.’ It’s a look at parts of Greater Binghamton that you may know exist, but may not know much more about.
Today we feature Whitney Point, NY, conveniently located alongside Interstate 81, about a 20-minute drive north of Binghamton, and at the confluence of the Otselic and Tioughnioga Rivers.
Whitney Point was first first settled around 1791, but began to flourish after the arrival of the Whitney family around 1800. Did you know that It was originally called ‘Whitney’s Point?’
Whitney Point has certainly seen it’s share of disasters. It’s amazing that it’s still existing and thriving!
In 1897 there was an incredible fire that destroyed the village. Then in both 1935 and 1936, ice jams formed to flood the village terribly. There wasn’t much left after the flood of ’36, that’s what led to the construction of the dam north of the village on the Otselic River.
Did you even know there was a dam in Whitney Point? It was completed in 1942 and forms a four mile long lake called… are you ready for this? ‘Whitney Point Lake’ (Reservoir).
Dorchester Park sits alongside Whitney Point lake and is a great place to take the kids during the summer months. It has pavilions for parties and reunions, charcoal grills and picnic tables, a beach area for swimming, boat rentals, and is a great place to fish.
Did you know that there’s a paved walking-running trail around Whitney Point Lake?
The lake also hosts the Collegiate Rowing Championships (1st weekend in May), the American Power Boat Championship (2nd week in August), and of course almost every winter the Whitney Point Sportsman’s Association puts on the Almost Annual Crappie Derby.
Fast facts about Whitney Point, NY.:
- The Whitney Automobile was briefly manufactured in this village around 1902.
- The 139th Broome County Fair ( July 23 – 28)
- Central New York Maple Festival In Marathon (April 13 & 14, 2013)
- Cruisin’ Palooza Hot Rod and Custom Car Show and Flea Market (June 28- 30)
- Whitney Point Fall Festival (last weekend in October)
Whitney Point is the gateway to the Cayuga Lake wine trail with 16 surrounding Wineries. It’s also just 20 minutes south of some great skiing at Greek Peak. There’s excellent hunting in the area, and some pretty awesome golfing too with Ford Hill Country Club boasting 36 holes of golf, Fire Fox Resorts, Grand view Farms and Marathon Golf Courses all are just a 3-iron away.
There are many reasons to visit Whitney Point. Even more to live there.
Whitney Point is home of the Eagles of Whitney Point Central Schools. It has many places to eat, and to shop, including Italian, Chinese, pizza, fast food, dinners and even Sparky’s Sports bar.
Whitney Point also has a home to fit almost everyone’s budget. From elaborately ornate, to affordable elegant to the budget conscience.
When’s the last time you visited Broome County’s northern most locale, Whitney Point,
Best Town by a Dam Site?
And it’s part of ‘Our Neighborhood.’