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Laurens is a town in Otsego County, New York, United States. The population was 2,424 at the 2010 census.The Town of Laurens is in the south half of the county, north of the City of Oneonta. There is also a village named Laurens, located in the town.HistoryThe town was first settled by Europeans around 1773. Joseph Mayall arrived in 1773 about one mile north of the present Laurens village. The raiding party responsible for the Cherry Valley Massacre also pillaged part of Laurens and burned some property.The town was formed from the Town of Otsego in 1810. It was named for Revolutionary War hero Henry Laurens.A resort developed by the Oneonta Mohawk trolley line called Otsego Park was formerly located in the eastern part of Laurens. Cotton mills once were an industry in Laurens, powered by the water of Gilbert Lake.Laurens Central School is renowned for its excellent concert band, jazz band, and color guard.Notable peopleMel Gibson, actor, lived in the hamlet of Mount Vision and attended Laurens Central School before moving to Australia when he was a child.Perry G. Harrington, Wisconsin State Assemblyman, was born in the town.Mary Whitcher, a Shaker trustee, schoolteacher, and author at the Canterbury Shaker Village was born in the town.
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