Watertown (New York)

Old Jefferson County Courthouse

Watertown is a small city in New York's North Country, and the seat of Jefferson County.


Former Woolworth building, under renovation for apartments (2013)

Settlers came here in the early 1800s to use the power from the Black River for industry. On April 13, 1852 Frank Winfield Woolworth was born in the tiny village of Rodman, ten miles south of Watertown; he attended business college in the city and worked as a stockboy in a general store on Watertown's Public Square in 1873 before attempting to launch his own "five-cent store" in Utica in 1878. That short-lived effort fared poorly, but a Woolworth "five and dime" in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) in 1879 succeeded.

Watertown is only a few miles from Fort Drum, home of the US Army 10th Mountain Division, the region's largest employer. It is home to various manufacturing industries (the "Car Freshener" scented air freshener is a local invention) and to Jefferson Community College.

Today. Watertown has a beautiful, historic downtown center.

Get in

Watertown is about 75 miles north of Syracuse on US 11 or Interstate 81 (exits 45, 46, and 47). Adirondack Trailways Service and Greyhound provide bus service, while the closest Amtrak stations are in Rome or in Syracuse.

The closest major airport is Syracuse Hancock International (IATA: SYR) a little over 70 miles to the south.

There is no direct scheduled transportation from Watertown to Canada, despite its proximity (Kingston and Brockville are each an hour away by road).

Get around









Wi-fi is available at Wendy's (419 State St, +1 315 788-9694), Arby's (957 Arsenal St, +1 315 782-6914), Starbucks (1242 Arsenal St, +1 315 779-9029) and McDonald's (924 Arsenal St, +1 315 782-1881 and 1809 State St, +1 315 788-0610).

Go next

Routes through Watertown

Ends at Thousand Islands  N  S  Pulaski Syracuse
Champlain Potsdam  N  S  Pulaski Syracuse
Sterling Sackets Harbor  W  E  Tupper Lake Plattsburgh
Morristown Clayton  N  S  Utica Binghamton

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