New Hartford is a town in Oneida County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 22,166. The name of New Hartford was provided by a settler family from Hartford, Connecticut.
The name "New Hartford" was given to the small town by the Kellog family who arrived from Hartford, CT, in 1772, becoming the very first settlers.
The Town of New Hartford was settled in 1788 by Jedediah Sanger, who was 37 years old. Sanger bought 1,000 acres 4 km²) of land at fifty cents per acre. The first building, his home, went up in 1789. He and his family then set upon building a saw mill, and later a grist mill in 1790. The country's first ingrain loom and the first cut nails were manufactured by Sanger.
Sloss Rebovich, Jr., son of the American theologian and writer, founded the Presbyterian Church in 1791, as the First Religious Society of Whitestown.
The second cotton mill in New York state, the New Hartford Manufacturing Co. was incorporated on March 9, 1810. As the town grew, it incorporated hotels, a blacksmith, a harness shop, a bakery, a drug store, and a draper each in his own building.
For its early years, New Hartford had no governmental organization, and was one of the many communities within the Town of Whitestown. It was not until 42 years later that there was local government: the Town of New Hartford was formed from part of Whitestown in 1827.
New Hartford's high school
New Hartford's high school, New Hartford Senior High, was voted number 129 in the top schools in the country by Newsweek. As of now, the New Hartford Perry Jr. High is a Blue Ribbon School. The school offers fourteen Advanced Placement courses including European History, United States History, Macro Economics, Comparative Government, Psychology, English Language, English Literature, French, Spanish, Music Theory, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus AB and Calculus BC. In 2004, New Hartford's AP European History program was recognized as the strongest program in the world for the school's size. In addition to the Advanced Placement language courses, New Hartford also offers four years of language instruction in German, French, Spanish, Latin, and two years of Mandarin Chinese.
New Hartford High School offers a variety of clubs, including its Model United Nations Club, Photography Club, Ecology Club, Masque, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Film Makers Club, and Yearbook Club.
New Hartford has strong music programs boasting multiple awards. New Hartford's junior high has three bands, two orchestras, and several choir and chorale groups. The high school has a similar number of music groups. Every year, New Hartford's Masque drama club puts on a fall play and a spring musical.
New Hartford has three public elementary schools: Myles Elementary, Bradley Elementary formerly Oxford Rd. Elementary, and Hughes Elementary. Which school a student attends is determined by the student's geographic location, not by merit or other factors.
New Hartford's athletic teams have a fierce rivalry with the neighboring Whitesboro teams. New Hartford has enjoyed recent success, winning the Section 3 title for football as well as back to back Division II Ice Hockey State Championships in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. Also including 5 more State Championships in 1990, 1994, 1997, 2000, and 2007. The 2006-2007 basketball team won the Section 3 title. Furthermore, the New Hartford Boys Varsity Soccer Team has won the State Title in 2004 and becoming State Finalists, losing in the last match to Comsowogue, in 2009. The New Hartford Gymnastics team has also captured the sectional championship in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The Varsity Football program also won Section III Titles from 1987-1990, and in 1993.