Tioga County Chamber of Commerce
- 80 North Avenue, Owego, NY 13827 607-687-2020
- Helpful information on Tioga County businesses. Open 9 am-5 pm weekdays.
Town of Richford
The Town of Richford consists of 38.17 square miles and is located at the northeast corner of the County. Richford is bordered by Broome County to the east, Cortland County to the north, Tompkins County to the west, and the Town of Berkshire to the south. The center of town is the intersection of NYS Routes 38 and 79 in the hamlet of Richford and residents travel to all four points of the compass for work. The 2000 Census states that the population is 1,170. The Michigan Hill State Forest encompasses 25% of the Town and is great for hiking and cross-country skiing. The Town hosts an annual potato festival and boasts about being the birthplace of John D. Rockefeller. Some of the highest elevations in the County of 1,400 feet or more can be found in Richford.
Town of Berkshire
The Town of Berkshire consists of 30.22 square miles and is located in the northeast section of the County. It is bordered by the Town of Richford to the north, Broome County to the east, the Town of Newark Valley to the south, and Tompkins County to the west. The 2000 Census stated that the population was 1,366. The hamlet of Berkshire on Route 38 has the small town USA charm with its skyline of multiple church steeples.
Town of Tioga
The Town of Tioga consists of 58.68 square miles and is located in the center of the County. The Susquehanna River forms the southern border, the Town and Village of Owego are to the east, the Town of Candor to the north, and the Town of Barton to the west. The 2000 Census says that the population was 4,840 and the primary industry is agriculture. The Town recently acquired the privately owned Ransom Park as a public park that hosts many community picnics and the annual Pumpkin Festival.
Village of Spencer
The Village of Spencer consists of 1.03 square miles within the Town and has a population of 731 according to the 2000 Census. NYS Routes 96 and 34 merge in the center of the Village at Tioga State Bank’s headquarters. The Village hosts the Annual Spencer Picnic every year in August and Nichols Pond provides a quaint natural setting in the Village center.
Town of Spencer
The Town of Spencer consists of 49.56 square miles and is bordered by Chemung County to the west, Tompkins County to the north, the Town of Candor to the east, and the Town of Barton to the south. According to the 2000 Census the Town had a population of 2,979. The Town is primarily agricultural land and, like the Town of Candor, many people gravitate towards Ithaca and are employed by Cornell University. Spencer enjoys a special relationship with nearby Van Etten in Chemung County, which has been strengthened by the bond formed under the Spencer-Van Etten School system.
Village of Nichols
The Village of Nichols consists of .51 square miles within the Town and has a population of 574 according to the 2000 Census. The main intersection in the Village is the County road known as River Road and NYS Route 282, which lead to Pennsylvania. The Cady Library located on River Road is a significant architectural treasure that has been transformed from a turn-of-the-century residential mansion to a first-class library facility. Village-owned Kirby Park offers residents a community park for all types of recreational activities and has recently been the host for the Annual Tioga County Antique Tractor Show. Some of the best food in Tioga County can be found at the Barstow House and the former train station was recently renovated into a pub and restaurant.
Town of Nichols
The Town of Nichols consists of 33.7 square miles and is located between the Susquehanna River to the north and west, the Town of Owego to the east, and Bradford County, Pennsylvania to the south. According to the 2000 Census the population is 2,584 people. Agriculture and gravel mining are the other major industries in the Town. The Tioga Country Club is a public golf course that offers spectacular views of the Susquehanna River Valley. The newly constructed Tioga Downs (formerly known as Tioga Park along I-86) opened June 2006 and offers quality harness racing, video lottery terminals, a restaurant and entertainment venue drawing tremendous crowds of visitors from throughout the Twin Tiers of New York, Pennsylvania and the Finger Lakes Region.
Village of Newark Valley
The Village of Newark Valley consists of .96 square miles within the Town and has a population of 997 according to the 2010 Census. The Village has some spectacular historic buildings and there are certainly signs that the Village is poised for some new retail establishments that will further improve the quality of life for area residents. The Village owns a nice park called Trout Ponds that is a setting for numerous events and recreational activities. Also in the village is the Newark Valley Depot, owned by the Newark Valley Historical Society, which hosts “Depot Friday Nights” entertainment series from June-September.
Town of Newark Valley
The Town of Newark Valley consists of 50.33 square miles and is located on the east side of the County. The Town is bordered by Broome County to the east, the Town of Owego to the south, the Town of Candor’s hamlet of Weltonville to the west, and the Town of Berkshire to the north. The 2010 Census states that the population was 3,946. The main tourist attraction in the Town is the Bement Billings Farmstead Museum, which hosts the Apple Festival in the Fall in an original 1800’s farmhouse setting. The Farmstead also owns 95 acres of land and has about a mile of hiking trails on their property. The Town is primarily rural with some portions of the Town providing a suburban setting for residents who commute to their jobs in the area.
Village of Candor
The Village of Candor consists of .44 square miles within the Town and has a population of 855 according to the 2000 Census. The annual Fourth of July parade is one of Candor’s biggest events. The Candor Fire Department’s station hosts the annual Catatonk Woodcarver’s Show where the masterfully carved “Tioga Blue” great blue heron has become the unofficial symbol of the County’s quality of life.
Town of Candor
The Town of Candor consists of 94.54 square miles bordering Tompkins County to the north, the Town of Spencer to the west, the Town of Newark Valley to the east, and the Town of Tioga to the south. The 2000 Census states that the population is 5,317 and the primary industry is agriculture. In addition to the Village of Candor, there are several hamlets including Catatonk, Willseyville, Weltonville, Fairfield and Gridleyville. Like the Town of Spencer, people in the northern portion of the Town generally gravitate towards Ithaca and many are employed at Cornell University. Iron Kettle Farm on Route 96 is the Town’s biggest attraction especially during the Fall harvest and Halloween season. Side Hill Acres Goat Farm and Forget-Me-Not Farm are unique agricultural businesses that are worth visiting. Turkey Trot Acres is a rustic hunting lodge famous for Friday barbecues as well as great turkey & deer hunting.
Village of Waverly
The Village of Waverly consists of 2.26 square miles within the Town and holds bragging rights as the largest village in the County with a population of 4,607. Broad Street is Waverly’s Main Street USA with many historic buildings that have recently had a dramatic increase in occupancy. The Leprino Cheese Factory is Waverly and Barton’s largest private employer. The plant is located half in New York and half in Pennsylvania. The plant is presently going through a major expansion and continues to provide most of the mozzarella cheese for the chain pizza restaurants on this side of the Mississippi River. The beautifully restored houses in the residential part of the Village are some of the finest in the County. The State has newly designated the Waverly Reservoir property as “Twin Rivers” State Park with river access and nearby golfing privileges.
Town of Barton
The Town of Barton consists of 59.36 square miles and is bordered by the Susquehanna River and Bradford County, Pennsylvania to the south, Chemung County to the west, the Town of Spencer to the north, and the Town of Tioga to the east. The 2000 Census states the population is 9,066 residents. Residents in this area generally gravitate towards Elmira to the west and Sayre in Pennsylvania. Much of the land in Barton outside of the Village of Waverly is rural and used for agriculture. Stateline Auto Auction located across from Town Hall on NYS Route 17C is a major distributor of new and used autos to/from car dealers throughout the Northeast. Attractions include Shepard Hills Country Club providing a challenging round of golf on a well-groomed course.
Village of Owego
The Village of Owego is located within the Town and consists of a 2.5 square mile area. The Village is the County Seat of Tioga County and has a population of 3,911 according to the 2000 Census. The Village’s major employers are the Tioga County Government and the Owego-Apalachin School system. The Village’s central business district is showcased with a new bridge built in 2004 across the Susquehanna River leading to the 1879 Tioga County Courthouse and quaint shops along River and Lake Street that offer unique gifts, arts and crafts, as well as moderately priced restaurants in the Village and along the riverfront. Attractions include a performing arts center, a scenic railroad, home of the Tioga County Fair, the annual Strawberry Festival and a county historical museum.
Town of Owego
The Town of Owego consists of 104.17 square miles and is located in the southeast corner of Tioga County. Owego borders the Town of Tioga to the west, the Town of Newark Valley to the north, Broome County to the east, and Bradford County, Pennsylvania to the south. The 2000 Census listed the Town’s population as 20,365. Lockheed Martin Federal Systems is the largest employer and has the distinction of being the contractor for the new fleet of US 101 Presidential helicopters. The Susquehanna River bisects the Town flowing east to west. Hiawatha Island, a 112 acre island located in the center of the river is across from the Town-owned Hickories Park, a popular park offering camping, sand volleyball, ball fields, pavilions, rollerblading, biking, and other outdoor activities. Attractions include two golf courses, driving range, nature center, a hotel, a few gift shops, farms, garden center and restaurants.