The boundaries of the North Country region of New York State shift east, west and south depending on who is using the term. The traditionalist North Country has an eastern core of counties in the extreme northeastern part of the state, and a western core of counties in the extreme northwestern part of the state.
|The eastern traditionalist North Country|
The core of the eastern traditionalist North Country consists of Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. The North Country Chamber of Commerce and the North Country Real Estate Guide use this core for their North Countries and add Hamilton County and all or part of Warren County to it. Special Olympics New York also uses this core group for its North Country region but adds St. Lawrence County. The North Country of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association is also composed of counties from this core group but adds St. Lawrence, Washington, Warren and Saratoga Counties.
|The western traditionalist North Country|
The core of the western traditionalist North Country consists of St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis Counties. That is how the newcomers guide published by the Watertown Daily Times defines the North Country. The North Country Library System also uses this core group but adds Oswego County to it. Historian Harry Fay Landon’s North Country also begins with the western traditionalist core group but he includes Franklin County.
Not sure by what people mean when they say, “I’m from the North Country”? Wait a minute. It gets even more confusing. There are two other major North Countries in New York State and they will be discussed in a future post.