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A Beautiful Rural Area

The Town of Preble is located in the beautiful rural area of Central New York State. Hills rise to the east and west of the fertile valley land. Lakes left by the glaciers are tucked in several areas, as is the noted Preble Swamp, the start of the west branch of the Tioughnioga River. Mt. Toppin is the highest point of elevation and borders the town to the west.

The First Settlers

Preble consists of 28 tracts of land which were given to soldiers of the Revolution in lieu of money for service during the war. James Cravith came by foot from Pompey in 1795. He stood on East Hill and saw swampy and dense forest land below in the valley. Cravith didn't like what he saw and went back to Pompey Hill. However, the next year he returned and built the first home (a log cabin) on East Hill.

In 1796 John Gill came over the hill from Scott and settled on West Hill. The first town meeting was held in his home when the town organized. From 1800 the area became populated with people from the Hudson Valley. Land was cleared and farming became the main occupation. Preble Corners, Baltimore, Preble Center, Slab City, Dutch Street, Bennett Hollow are areas of the town where groups of people settled. Preble was originally a part of Tully in Onondaga County.

On April 8, 1808, it separated from Tully and became the northern border of newly formed Cortland County. The population of Preble in 1825 was 1327. The town was named for Commodore Edward Preble, a gallant naval hero of The Barbary Wars.

 

Building Schools

Education was very important to our early townspeople. As soon as a small settlement was established, a school was soon built. The eastern part of town was more heavily populated at first and the earliest school was built in 1801 on East Hill. A total of eleven districts were operating in many areas of the town.

Preble Town HallAs the town grew, a larger more modern building was erected on Preble Road. Several smaller schools closed and the pupils went to the bigger village school until it closed in 1906. A new school was then built in the center of town. This later centralized with the Homer School District and operated until 1954. Today it houses the post office and town offices. It continues to be painted red and is a gathering place and pictoral part of the town.

 

Post Office

The closest post office for our early pioneers was situated at Pompey. The first post office was opened in Baltimore in 1812. Preble Corners became more prosperous and in 1832 the post office was moved there. As the town grew, it was located in various homes and stores in the village. For the past several years it continues to service townspeople in the Town Hall on Preble Road.

 

The Boulder

A World War Memorial was erected on Memorial Day, May 30, 1937, in memory of Mark J. McCauliffe and to the men of Preble who served in World War I. For many years, the people in town had sought some kind of memorial. The Preble Firemen re-awakened the interest and members of the Town Board, led by Supervisor Elmer J. Anderson, began the labor of creating a memorial. It was a huge boulder moved from West Hill, a distance of more than a mile. A bronze plaque was attached with the names of the Preble war veterans.

Glen VanPatten, head of the town veterans and members of the Burns-McCauliffe Post in Homer arranged the ceremony. The parade formed in front of the Preble school and moved to the cemetery for ceremonies honoring the dead. Then it returned to the boulder where the dedication took place. Following World War II, a similar plaque was attached with the names of the veterans from that war. Glen VanPatten was a veteran of both wars and his name appears on both plaques.

In May, 1983, a tree was planted in honor to those town veterans who served in the Korean War and Vietnam. A custom that started with the first observance honoring veterans continues today... all children and parade participants are treated to ice cream at the end of the parade.

 

An Agricultural Community

Preble has always been famous for its rich soil and dairy farming. The first Holstein cows in Cortland County were introduced by Millard Nye, a noted Preble farmer. The first cabbage seeds were brought by Perry Haynes in 1885 and Preble soon became the largest cabbage growing area in Central New York.

The first Preble Milk Producers Inc., was organized in 1924. In February, 1940 the Preble Milk Co-Operative was formed. A milk plant was built and milk was brought by cans by the producers until 1969. At that time, it was converted to bulk pick up at the farms. Today it continues to operate as a very successful business serving our area farmers.

 

Preble NY Today

Preble has now entered into the next century. We have grown and changed. No doubt about it. Interstate 81 now zooms through the valley. We have a growing population around our lakes. Preble Park offers us recreation as does Song Mountain. Many of our people commute to jobs in other towns and cities. Some have relocated to other areas, but new families move here and we all care deeply about our great town.

 

Historic Timeline

1804 — Preble Congregational Church UICC

1812 — Preble's first Post Office located in Little Baltimore

1865 — Preble Hotel was built

1868 — Elmwood Cemetery was organized

1885 — Perry Haynes planted the first acre of cabbage in Preble. This was also the first acre of cabbage planted in Cortland County.

1927 — The Boulder was dedicated on Memorial Day for World War I veterans. At the end of World War II a plaque was added to honor those veterans. Glen Van Patten's name is on both plaques.

1928 — Preble Fire District leased land to house fire equipment

1930 — Preble Fire Department was formed

1940 — Preble Milk Cooperative was organized.

1954 — Preble Fire Department Auxiliary was formed with 38 active members.

1983 — Present Charlie Randall Barber Shop opened.

The Preble Fire Department

The Town of Preble owns 6 fire trucks, 2 buildings, and a boat for water rescue. The Department handles approximately 170 calls in a calendar year with 55 percent being EMS medical calls. The rest are a mixture of calls ranging from fires, motor vehicle accidents, alarms, mutual aide, wires/trees down and more.

Web Site: preblefiredept.org


 

Chief: Michael Compton

1st Assistant Chief: Nicholas Casterline

2nd Assistant Chief: Christopher Hulbert

3rd Assistant Chief: Jason Stevens

President: Gordon Compton

Secretary: Renee Compton

Treasurer: Betty Ann Pitman

Assistant Treasurer: Nancy Dalley

 

Commissioners:

Judah "Jay" Currie, Chairman, James Flint, Jeffrey Griswold, Larry Nye, John "Jack" Stage


The Department is always looking for new members, as the need for volunteers is constant. The initial training takes several hours and is very taxing to the body. The result is the ability to help your family, friends and neighbors in times of need. Anyone wishing to inquire about membership may contact any firefighter, speak to a department officer or come to the Fire Station and introduce himself or herself any Monday night at 7pm.

The Department appreciates the generous support of the community during their annual calendar drive, chicken barbeques, pancake breakfasts, and throughout the year.

Preble Park

Route 281, Preble, New York 13141

Basketball Courts, Ball Diamonds, Playgrounds, Pavilion

Sponsors:
Girls Softball, 7 - 11 Years and 12 - 18 Years
Boys Baseball, 7- 12 years and 13 - 19 Years

For more information contact Recreation Committee Chairman Renee Compton, 607-423-3991 or email rec@preble-ny.org.

If anyone wishes to use the town park Pavillion, Softball Field or Baseball Field, please fill out the reservation form:



Dwyer Memorial ParkDwyer Memorial Park

Little York Lake Road
Phone: 607-753-9377

Hiking Trails, Wading Pool, Boat Launching, Ball Diamonds, Play Ground, Pavilions to rent
Owned by Cortland County

Home of the Cortland Repertory Theatre(CRT)


Heiberg Memorial Forest

Pond at Heiberg ForestThe SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry outdoor classroom and experimental station is open to the public for hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and fishing. There are over 20 miles of trails (unplowed roads, fire lanes and unmarked trails) and 3 ponds. 

Annual Christmas Tree Sale: Every year, cut-your-own trees are available at Heiberg Forest from after Thanksgiving until just before Christmas. Species include Douglas fir and balsam fir. Bring a non-mechanized saw—chain saws not permitted—or borrow a saw from the Heiberg staff (deposit required). $25 per tree (any species, any size). See Christmas Tree information.

Directions: I-81, Exit 14. Turn east onto NYS Route 80. Proceed into the village of Tully, through traffic signal and turn right at the first street (Railroad Avenue). Continue to stop sign, turn left and then right to cross the railroad tracks on Grove Street. Proceed south for approximately 1.8 miles to Maple Ridge Road, the forest entrance. The forest office and classrooms are located 1.25 miles south on Maple Ridge Road. Parking areas are located on Maple Ridge Rd. at trailheads. See map.

For more information, call the Forest Properties Office at 470-6893. 


New York State Boat Launching Site

Tully Lake Boat LaunchFriendly Shore Road, Tully Lake

Public boat launching for hand-held boats only. This is the only public boat launch on Tully Lake and premises are owned by the State of New York. Open for ice fishing in winter months - premises are plowed. 

Directions:

From the south: I -81, Exit 13. Turn right onto NYS Route 281. Turn left onto Song Lake Crossing Rd (approx. 1 1/2 miles). Take 1st right onto Saulsbury Rd (1/2 mile). Take 1st left onto Friendly Shore (.2 mile). 

From the north: I-81, Exit 14. Turn left at end of ramp, and turn left again onto Rt. 80. Turn right onto NYS Route 281 and go 2 miles; turn right onto Saulsbury Rd (1/2 mile). Take 1st left onto Friendly Shore (.2 mile).

Tully Lake

 

2017 Preble Park Youth Program

Preble Park Youth ProgramOn your mark... get set... Ready for a fun summer full of activities that include field trips, activities and time spent with friends!!

Preble Park Youth Program runs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays starting at 10 a.m. on July 11 and runs through August 17. The day will run from 10 am until noon with in the Park activities. Each week is themed with a topic/ idea that we try to base arts & crafts, as well as the games around.

Fridays are filled with Field Trips to various areas in the surrounding counties. Field trips may change based on the overall population of our youth. PPYP goal is to provide a stimulating, enjoyable, nurturing atmosphere that your youth is safe in. We will go to Wonderworks the first Friday as planned. 

A Hot Lunch Program is coming again to the Preble Park for any Youths age 18 and UNDER, sponsored by Cortland Catholic Charities. Lunch is served Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at the Preble Park from Noon to 1PM. Lunches must be eaten at the park.

Family Movie Night is back!!! We will host a family movie night in July and August. Each night will be an enjoyable evening of a family movie with refreshments available. Movies usually begin at dusk and are finished by 9- 9:30. More details will follow.

Note that there a couple changes this year. Our trips to the Tully Free Library and Swimming will be on Tuesday’s this year. We will be enjoying our trips here on July 18, August 1, and August 15. We are doing this to break up the week and not to have two (2) busy days back to back. As a reminder, each youth needs a Library card to borrow materials from the library and any charges or late fees are the responsibility the guardian/parent. Movies are always due back before our books. The bus will leave the Preble Park at 1:15 p.m. and return time will depend on weather, no later than 3:45 p.m. 

As always, all youth are welcome to join us. Please see the attached calendar of posted events. Also, remember that the necessary forms will need to be completed for each Youth participating in the program. These documents can be found below, or by contacting Mrs. Compton, and are available at the park any day we are in session.

The staff of PPYP is looking forward to another wonderful summer of fun with your youth!!! 

Renee Compton
Preble Park Youth Program
6929 Otisco Valley Road
Preble, NY 13141
(607) 423-3991
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Kids Play Learn and Grow TogetherPreble Park Youth Program is looking forward to having your child(ren) and family be a part of this. 

Respectfully,
The Preble Park Youth Program
Renee Compton - Director of PPYP

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Preble Birth and Death Records

The Town of Preble is in the process of uploading its birth and death records to be available here. There will be an opportunity for the community to contribute genealogical data from their own family tree research. 

Elmwood Cemetery

The Elmwood Cemetery web site includes links to cemetery records as well as information on rules, regulations and fees. The web site also has links to the history of Preble and genealogy.

Local History and Genealogy, Onondaga County Public Library

The Onondaga County Public Library's Local History and Genealogy Department is a respected research center with extensive collections on genealogy and local and state history. They specialize in the history of Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York State, the New England States, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Librarians and materials are available to help answer a wide range of information needs from family history and genealogy to in-depth research on people, places and events in the Syracuse area. 

A wealth of data is available in their One of a Kind Databases, as well as access to Local History and Genealogy Databases such as HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library. Some of these databases are available online from home, while others must be used at the library (some at downtown Syracuse NY, with others available at local branches).

You must have a valid Onondaga County Public Library (OCPL) card to access these materials. Nonresident OCPL cards may be obtained at the Service Desk on the Lobby Level at 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse NY.

More information is available by calling the library at 315-435-1900 or visiting www.onlib.org.

Cortland County Historical Society

The Cortland County Historical Society has a wealth of information about local history and genealogy.

25 Homer Avenue, Cortland, NY
Phone: (607) 756-7501
Web: cortlandhistory.com

They are open for geneaology research Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 - 5 pm, and there are people to assist with research. For non-members, there is an $8.00 fee for the first hour and $5.00 for every hour after. There is no cost for research if a member. There is a copy fee of 25 cents per page. The link "Research" will bring you to the Kellogg Memorial Research Library for additional information on the records they maintain.

Membership fees are $20 per year for senior citizens 65 and over; $30.00 for an individual; and $40.00 for a family. 

The Cortland County Genealogical Society meets at the Cortland Historical Society every third Tuesday at 7 pm except for December, July and August. There is a $10.00 membership fee per year and additional information can be obtained by calling the Historical Society.

Dial-A-Ride Service

Cortland Transit, Inc. in Cortland provides a county-wide Dial-a-Ride Service. Residents wishing to access the service must contact the dispatch office 24 hours in advance to ride. Same day requests will be honored on an available basis and a surcharge will be assessed. Dial-A-Ride is a door-to-door service that operates within Cortland County. Call 607-758-9471 to make a reservation.

Dial-A-Ride Fares: Minimum Fare $3.00, Maximun Fare $6.00 *Does not include same day service surcharge. A 50% surcharge for same day service.

DON'T BE LATE! It is important to be on time for Cortland Transit Services. Drivers may not wait for more than three minutes for any rider. Therefore, if you delay for more than 3 minutes the driver is instructed to continue on his/her route so that other riders will not have to wait.

TO CANCEL A RIDE: If you are unable to take your trip please call 758-3383 and cancel your ride. 

Taxi Services (Cortland)

  • Cortland Taxi & Silver Star Taxi, 110 Owego Street, Cortland (607) 756-5460
  • Executive Limousine and Sedan, 3731 Luker Road #A, Cortland (607) 753-9180 www.elslimo.com
  • Express Taxi, 3803 Luker Road, Cortland (607) 758-5478
  • Jay's Taxi, 28 Pine Street, Cortland (607) 756-5152
  • L & M City Taxi, 4363 US Rt. 11, Cortland (607) 753-1133
  • Superior Limousine, 991 Tompkins Street, Cortland (800-895-7567 or (607) 758-3333
  • Vestal Taxi, 39 Port Watson Street and 3951 US Rt. 11, Cortland (607) 753-1200