Welcome, Town of Candor

 

Candor, NY

Town of Candor Town Hall located at 101 Owego Rd.
Office number 659-3175       Fax Number 659-7809

Town Clerk - Ext 1       Code Enforcement - Ext 4
Justice - Ext 2             Supervisor - Ext 5
Assessor - Ext 3




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About the Town

The Town of Candor consists of 94.54 square miles bordering Tompkins County to the north, the Town of Spencer to the west, the Town of Newark Valley to the east, and the Town of Tioga to the south. The 2000 Census states that the population is 5,317 and the primary industry is agriculture. In addition to the Village of Candor, there are several hamlets including Catatonk, Willseyville, Weltonville, Fairfield and Gridleyville. Like the Town of Spencer, people in the northern portion of the Town generally gravitate towards Ithaca and many are employed at Cornell University. Iron Kettle Farm on Route 96 is the Town's biggest attraction especially during the Fall harvest and Halloween season. Fallow Hollow Deer Farm and Side Hill Acres Goat Farm are unique agricultural businesses that are worth visiting. Turkey Trot Acres is a rustic hunting lodge that has seasonal dining and hosts an annual celebrity benefit turkey hunt and golf tournment.

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The Village of Candor consists of .44 square miles within the Town and has a population of 855 according to the 2000 Census. The annual Fourth of July parade is one of Candor's biggest events. The Candor Central School is located in the heart of the Village offering a first-class education to area students. The Candor Fire Department's station hosts the annual Catatonk woodcarver's show where the masterfully carved "Tioga Blue" heron can be seen and has become the unofficial symbol of the County's quality of life.



Other Resources:

Candor Town Board Future Meetings Info: http://CandorTownBoard.blogspot.com

2013 Tax Rolls: http://www.tiogacountyny.com/images/stories/PDFs/departments/real/2011finalrolls/Candor.txt

To View Taxes: http://egov.basny.com

Postcards Across America: http://www.candorpostcards.com/

Candor Chamber of Commerce: http://Candornychamber.org

Candor Calendar of Events: http://candorcommunitycalendar.info

Tioga County REAP: http://www.tiogareap.org/

Candor Central School: http://www.candor.org

County of Tioga: http://www.Tiogacountyny.com

New York State: http://www.state.ny.us

Candor Emergency Squad: http://www.candoremergencysquad.org

Candor Volunteer Fire Department: http://www.candorfire.org

Candor Free Library: http://www.flls.org/memberpages/candor.htm


A Brief History:

  1. Early settlers started coming to Candor around 1794. The Town of Candor was set off from the Town of Spencer in 1811. After this division of towns and counties, Candor was and still is the largest town in Tioga County, New York. It is the second largest in population, with Owego being the county seat.

    Geographically, the area consisted of many communities, including the Village of Candor, Catatonk, Fairfield, Weltonville, Hubbardtown, Boothtown, Gridleyville, Perryville, West Candor, Strait’s Corners, and Willseyville. The early settlers were industrious, and before long farms, mills, and businesses sprang up around the countryside. Farming and Timber became major occupations in the early days. The settlers were also a religious and educated people who brought with them a zest for furthering their education. Schools and churches were soon built and flourished.

    Candor has a mixed ethnic diversity and is considered a 'bedroom' community. Other than the smaller local businesses and several large farming operations, the majority of the populace migrates to Ithaca to the North, or to Owego, Vestal, Endicott, or Johnson City to the South to seek employment.

    At one time, the Ithaca and Owego Railroad ran through Candor, later becoming the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western, and was one of the first railroads in the country (1834). It stopped operation in 1956.

    Glove, blanket, and shoe factories, flour mills, and brick yards were in operation through the early part of the 20th century. The Catatonk Creek running through the village provided sufficient water energy to run the many businesses between the Upper and Lower Mill Ponds. Throughout the town’s smaller communities, additional waterways provided enough energy for creameries, mills, and factories to function.

    But with the centralization of schools in 1936, the dawning of automobiles and buses, and the shift in lifestyles, Candor Village became the hub of activity. Citizens were able to go farther afield, faster, and the smaller communities couldn’t keep up with the times. Today, many of these little hamlets in Candor are remembered by road or street names.

    Businesses have changed with the times. To keep pace, Candor’s families have turned from subsistence farming to large dairy operations, specialty and/or organic farming, and local tourism opportunities. Candor maintains a rural atmosphere, as well as a cosmopolitan one.

    Steeped in tradition, Candor’s 4th of July Celebration goes back to the mid-1800s. The annual Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival of Events, as well as other smaller annual events continue to make Candor a great place to stop, visit, or stay. Churches are celebrating their 150th Anniversaries, and Candor Central Schools, once reported to be one of the top educational institutions in the area, still ranks tops in many of their educational and sports programs today. In fact, there are usually so many events happening in Candor at the same time, sometimes it’s hard to pick and choose which ones to attend.

    Whatever your interest in the Town of Candor, you’ll find it’s a great place to visit, where the countryside is worth checking out, and the people are friendly.

    Carol A. Henry, Historian
    carolhenry@frontiernet.net
    www.carolhenry.org