Place:Greenwood, Steuben, New York, United States


Coordinates42.133°N 77.633°W
Located inSteuben, New York, United States     (1827 - )



  • Northern Border = Town of Hartsville and Town of Canisteo
  • Southern Border = Town of West Union and the Town of Troupsburg
  • Eastern Border = Town of Jasper
  • Western Border = Town of Andover in Allegany County

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  • Greenwood
The hamlet lies primarily between two bridges over Bennetts Creek with State Route 248 (Main Street) bridging over the creek once again in between them. Downtown Greenwood lies at the foot of Cole Hollow. The hamlet extends northward towards State Route 417 and it extends southward past the foot of Christian Hollow where County Route 60 intersects with State Route 248. At the foot of Dryden Hill between Cole and Christian Hollows, the neighborhood of Church Hill overlooks Downtown from the West.
  • Rough and Ready
Located along Bennetts Creek between the hamlets of Greenwood and Rexville, on Rough and Ready Road, which loops off of State Route 248.
  • West Greenwood
Located along State Route 417 near the crest of Greenwood Hill between the hamlets of Greenwood and Andover.

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A pioneer road was cut through the town in the 18th Century, but no settlers remained in the town. The first permanent settlers arrived around 1820. Salt production was an early industry. The main industry today is deer hunting, for which the town claims to be the top deer-take town in New York State.

Greenwood was formed in 1827 from the Towns of Canisteo and Troupsburg. Part of Greenwood was used to form the Town of West Union in 1845, but territory was regained from the Town of Jasper in 1848.

By the early 20th century, agriculture had established itself as the primary economic activity in the town. Farming has since declined significantly, as in many parts of rural America, and forest cover has largely returned to many areas.

From November 16, 1896 through June 1936 Greenwood was served by the New York & Pennsylvania Railway (and predecessors) as part of its Canisteo NY to Ceres NY (via Greenwood NY, Genesee PA, Oswayo and Shinglehouse PA) main line. Following severe floods in July 1935 the railroad was partially out of service and its abandonment in June 1936 was readily approved by the Interstate Commerce Commission which from an early date approved railroad abandonment to promote highway truck use. The loss of railroad service did much to promote the economic withering of the Greenwood area.

Also contributing to Greenwood's decline was the decision, when the Southern Tier Expressway (New York Route 17, now Interstate 86) was being planned in the 1960s, to route the road through the Hornell-Arkport area, as it was considered to have more potential for development. The former road is now New York Route 417.

About 2000, Greenwood's schools merged with the larger, adjacent Canisteo school system.

  • General Description
  • Early Settlement
  • Organization

Historical Records

Historical Events

  • 3 March 1851
  • 1882 Insurrection
  • 1909

Historical Photographs

Greenwood New York Historical Society on Facebook

Greenwood Photos @ Painted Hills

Photographs available via the link above include the following:

  • "Main Street Bridge"
Looking north from the hamlet of Greenwood over Bennetts Creek
  • "G.H.S"
Greenwood Union School
  • "M E Church"
Methodist Episcopal Church on the west side of North Main Street
  • Other photos which may (or may not!) pertain to Greenwood

Early Postcards, including Greenwood

Vital Records

Early Settlers

  • Atkins:
  • Bachelor/Batchelor/Batchhelder:
  • Balsby: John Balsby (1828)
  • Bess:
  • James Bess
  • William Bess
  • Brundage:
  • Burger:
  • Ezekiel Burger
  • Hiram Burger
  • Burrows: William Burrows (1830)
  • Carr: "Hoose" Carr
  • Cook: Anson Cook
  • Crampton: William Crampton
  • Davenport: Joseph Davenport
  • Crossing: Joseph Crossing (1828)
  • Davis: Levi and Mary (Spurr) Davis (1824)
  • Davis: Levi and Mary (Spurr) Davis (1824)
  • Dutcher: John J. Dutcher (1826)
  • Edwards: Benjamin Edwards (1830)
  • Foote: David Foote
  • Ferguson: William Ferguson
  • Goldsmith: Joshua Goldsmith
  • Holloway: Timothy Holloway
  • Holt: John J. Holt
  • Ingley: Uriah Ingley
  • Johnson: Thomas Johnson
  • Kellogg: Silas Kellogg
  • Krusen:
  • Labar: Amos Labar
  • Lewis:
  • Aden Lewis
  • Amos Lewis
  • Linden Lewis
  • Lovejoy: Ezra Lovejoy
  • Mallory: Samuel Mallory (1828)
  • Manning: Deacon Jacob Manning (1823)
  • Matteson: John Matteson
  • Mathews: Mr. Mathews
  • Mead:
  • Alvin Mead
  • Enos Mead (1827)
  • McCormick:
  • Daniel McCormick (1832)
  • James McCormick (1834)
  • Mills: Ira Mills
  • Miner: Allen and Dorothy (Dyer) Miner (1827)
  • Murray: David Murray
  • Norton: Sebe Norton
  • Olmstead: Abram V. Olmstead
  • Ordway: Enoch Ordway
  • Pease: Randall Pease (1827)
  • Pilgrim: Francis Pilgrim
  • Potter: John Potter
  • Powell: Stephen Powell
  • Putnam: Hiram Putnam
  • Richards:
  • Alvah Richards (1834)
  • Nathaniel Richards (1828)
  • Robert Richards
  • Dennis Sanford (1824)
  • Elisha Sanford
  • Smith: Enos Smith (1828)
  • Stephens:
  • Alexander H. Stephens (1821)
  • Col. John H. Stephens (1825)
  • John Stephens
  • Phineas Stephens
  • Uriah Stephens

Census Records


  • Greenwood Union School
  • Located approximately where the Town Highway Department's main garage is now situated
  • One-Room District Schools
  • Bennetts Creek School
Now part of Bennetts Creek Bible Church
  • Lane School
Now part of a private residence
  • Rough and Ready
Foundation can be found in the woods near the foot of Wheeler Hill Road
  • Greenwood Central School
  • The former Greenwood Central School now serves as the middle school for the merged Canisteo-Greenwood Central School. This Art Deco style structure sits atop the "Triple Terraces" from which the name of the school's yearbook was derived.
  • In 2012, the Canisteo-Greenwood Central School Board of Education voted to close the Canisteo-Greenwood Middle School; the change became effective for the 2012-2013 academic year. The school district retains ownership of the building and is using it for storage.
  • 7 July 2012: A "Farewell to Greenwood Central School" celebration was held on the athletic fields.
  • Summer 2014: Building utilized for Canisteo-Greenwood Central School summer programs during renovations to buildings in Canisteo.



This church stood near the foot of Christian Hollow Road on Main Street in the hamlet of Greenwood; the structure is now occupied by an American Legion Post.
  • Old Catholic Church
This church stood at the intersection of Flynn and Wallace Roads, north of the hamlet of West Union in the neighboring Town of West Union; only its cemetery remains. The successor to this church is St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in the hamlet of Rexville, in the adjacent Town of West Union. St. Mary's is now part of a clustered parish, Our Lady of the Valley, which also encompasses the Roman Catholic Churches of Canisteo and Hornell.
This church was the source of the name, "Church Hill," for the hillside neighborhood overlooking the hamlet of Greenwood. After the church was abandoned, it was acquired by William Greenwood and Maud (Williamson) Kellogg and converted into a private residence about 1911.


  • Bennetts Creek Bible Church
  • Partially constructed from a former one-room schoolhouse.
  • Located in the hamlet of Greenwood on North Main Street.
  • Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Photographs and locations are included in the following external links:

No one is buried in this "cemetery"; these original grave markers were removed from the Greenwood Cemetery when the Kellogg family replaced them with "upgrades."

Civic Organizations

Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company

  • 23 October 1944--Organized by the following members:
  • Jerry Burd
  • Victor Chaffee
  • Arthur Day (Treasurer)
  • Ory Freeland
  • Ransom Guild (Vice President)
  • Elihu Hale
  • Robert Henry (elected Second Assistant 10 November 1944)
  • Merrill Holt
  • William Knepshield (President)
  • Orville Matthews
  • Lewis Murdock
  • Harry Ray
  • Norman Robideaux (elected Fire Chief 10 November 1944)
  • Marion Streeter (Secretary) [Mr. Francis Marion Streeter]
  • 24 October 1944--Members Added
  • Mahlon Kernan (elected First Assistant 10 November 1944)
  • Stanley Murray
  • 14 February 1945--Formally Organized
  • Executive Board
  • Benjamin Burger
  • William Kellogg
  • John Rogers
  • August 1945--"The firemen accepted the Mason's offer of a 99 year lease where the fire hall now stands. The foundation for the hall was completed that fall with Ralph Wilcox hired as head carpenter and firemen donating the rest of the labor. The building continued through the spring of 1946."
  • 1967--"Mrs. Jeanette Cornell [sic, Janette (Streeter) Cornell, sister of F. Marion Streeter] gave the firemen a lot on the west side of the fire hall and an addition was constructed to house the ambulance."
  • August 1972--Hosted Steuben County Firemen's Convention
  • As documented in "Fire Convention Host Has a Rich History" ([Evening Tribune [Hornell, NY]], August 1972)
  • Fire Trucks
  • 1945--1917 La France Pumper from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania



  • Chaffee's Hardware
  • Coston's Store

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