St. Lawrence County & Gouverneur History
Books by local author Bob LaRue feature Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County history, 200th birthday celebrations in 2002 and the 1998 Ice Storm.  More
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Gouverneur, New York welcomes you to a friendly, quiet, rural setting in a backdrop of Victorian architecture, mining and industrial influence. Located in southwestern St. Lawrence County in northernmost New York State, Gouverneur is situated just a few short miles from the St. Lawrence Valley, the Thousand Islands, the northern Adirondack Mountains and well-established colleges and universities in Potsdam Canton and Watertown, N.Y. Branches of the beautiful Oswegatchie River wend their way through both the town and village.

Gouverneur is named for American statesman Gouverneur Morris, who owned a large portion of the town at the time of its founding.  Among his credits, Morris penned the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. His Gouverneur home still stands today and, nearly 200 years old, is considered a historic structure.

Referred to as the "Marble Village" or "Marble City," Gouverneur is abundant with white dolomite marble which has been quarried and used for construction and various marble products almost since the town’s founding nearly 200 years ago. The mineral-rich region is also home to the Gouverneur Talc Company, one of the world’s oldest and largest talc producers... Zinc Corporation of America mines, one of largest zinc production facilities in the U.S... and CIVES Steel and Iron Works.  Cellu Tissue Corporation also operates a large, converted mill which formerly manufactured lace products at Natural Dam.

Gouverneur is also the birthplace and headquarters of Kinney Drugs, Inc., which owns and operates nearly sixty retail drugstores in northern and central New York and Vermont.  More by Bob LaRue.

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