Place:Jay, Essex, New York, United States


Coordinates44.367°N 73.717°W
Located inEssex, New York, United States
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Jay is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 2,506 at the 2010 census. The town is named after John Jay, governor of New York when the town was formed.

The Town of Jay in on the north border of the county and is southwest of Plattsburgh, west-southwest of Burlington, VT, south of Montreal, Quebec, and north of Albany, NY. Jay is inside the Adirondack Park.


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Lower Jay, New York and Upper Jay, New York were originally known as "Mallory's Bush", after the principal settlement, based on early settler Nathaniel Mallory, who arrived around 1797 from what is now called Mallorytown Landing in Front of Yonge, Ontario, While Au Sable Forks was always known as just that.

The Township of Jay had its named changed in honor of New York State Governor John Jay and it was formed in 1798 from part of the Town of Willsboro. Afterwards, part of Jay was used to form, in whole or part, the Towns of Keene (1808), Elizabethtown and Wilmington (1821). In 1822, the town was increased by territory from the Town of Chateaugay (now in Franklin County), and the Town of Peru (now in Clinton County).

Lumber production and iron ore extraction were important to the early economy of the Township.

Land of Makebelieve, a former theme park (1954–1979), was located in Upper Jay.

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