Overlooking the harbor One Room Schoolhouse Sideview of Stone Bridge/Mill Creek Sulpher Springs Church



Town of Hounsfield

The Above Map of the Town of Hounsfield links to Google.
Click the image for a larger view.

Located east of Lake Ontario, the Town of Hounsfield’s scenic beauty emerges. Dramatic uninterrupted vistas and breathtaking limestone waterfront cliffs characterize the Town’s 27,291 acres of natural beauty. Once renowned for flourishing dairy farms and prosperous cheese factories, today the Town is the hub of cultural tourism in Jefferson County’s central region.

Water is a key feature. Mill Creek flows through its center. Its border are defined by Black River, Black River Bay and Henderson Bay. The islands of Gull, Snake (Bass), Calf, Great and Little Galloo and Stony expand the Town’s shoreline.

The Town named after Ezra Hounsfield, was formed from Watertown on February 17, 1806. Settlers arrived quickly as news spread of abundant forests, fertile soil, bountiful fish and game.

Nestled on the Town’s western boundary is Sackets Harbor which housed the military and naval headquarters for the US Northern frontier during the war of 1812.

Early settlers recognized the rich opportunities in the Town’s land and water resources. The population has grown from 2,700 in 1880 to today’s 3,300 figure. Two hundred years after settlement, the Town of Hounsfield is a popular place for both year-round residents and visitors.

Robert and Jeannie Brennan
Town Historians


Please take note:
the Town offices are experiencing problems
with the phone lines and it would be Appreciated if residents would email instead of calling

- Until This Notice is Removed.


new hours
new hours

STARTING December 23, 2019

Town Clerks office
Monday - Friday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The office hours will remain the same for the new year.


Planning Board meetings
1st Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM
Town Board meetings
2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM
Water Committee meetings
3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM




Lakeside Cemetery
Rules and Regulations


Cemetery Committee Meetings are held the last Monday of each month at 1:00 PM at the Town Hall.

18774 County Route 66
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 782-7159

Everyone is welcome
Discussions include: Maintenance & Fence Fundraising
We are looking for community involvement
To help beautify our local cemetery
We welcome any suggestions.





Boralex Invitation

Click for a larger view of this invitation from project sponsor Boralex. Meeting date: January 29, 2020, Hounsfield Town Barn.

Note There is a snow date in the event of inclement weather.

Town of Hounsfield

Click both links for complete details.

2020 Budget Cover Sheets
2020 Budget


Anyone with water cards for the water tower should come to the clerks office to have card read and receive a refund as we no longer use the cards.

ASSESSOR: Taxpayer Advisory Board

Taxpayer Advisory Board

The Assessor is forming a taxpayer advisory board. The meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report by District -

District 1
District 2
District 3
District 4
District 5

Town of Hounsfield
Supervisor’s Annual Report

The detailed Annual Financial Report of the Supervisor of the Town of Hounsfield has been filed in the office of the Town Clerk at 18774 County Route 66, Watertown, NY. These reports for the year 2016 are public records and are available for inspection by all interested persons.

Diane M. Nier, Town Clerk

Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan of 2014
click here


2019 Tentative Assessment Roll (5/8/2019)
[click here]

2018 Final Assessment Roll (7/20/18)
[click here]

If you are interested in serving in any local government position for the Town of Hounsfield, please call the Town Clerk at (315) 782-6380 or email: townclerk@townofhounsfield.com.


Historic Sackets Harbor in the Town of Hounsfield is located in Jefferson County, New York, just 8 miles from the City of Watertown. The Township is considered to be in the ‘Northern New York’ section of the state, approximately an hour from the Thousand Islands, and a half hour from Fort Drum Military Installation. The land comprising the town was purchased by Augustus Sackett in 1801. The Town itself being named for Ezra Hounsfield.

Convenient Site Map -

Home Highway Superintendent Zoning Board of Appeals Water Department
Town Board Zoning Officer Assessor Sackets Harbor School
Town Clerk Planning Board Justice Court Genealogy

Contact Us

You may contact the Town of Hounsfield for Dog Licenses, Hunting Licenses, Transfer Site, Elections, assessments, board of assessment, zoning officer, official town business, highway superintendent, board meetings, justice court system and criminal cases, find out about town board representatives and Hounsfield town councilmen, local laws, water district, zoning information and more. Call us at (315) 782-6380 for specifics.


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Town of Hounsfield, NY