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Montour Falls

Montour Falls is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. The population was 1,797 at the 2000 census. A waterfall in the village gives the village its name. The name "Montour" is derived from Queen Catharine Montour, a prominent woman of the Seneca who lived in the previous village at this site in the 18th century, before it was destroyed in the Revolutionary War.The Village of Montour Falls is mostly within the Town of Montour, but a small part is within the Town of Dix. The village is north of Elmira, New York. The New York Academy of Fire Science is located in the village.HistoryThe village was developed on the site of a former Seneca village, Queanettquaga, informally known as Catherine's Town after a prominent Seneca resident, Catherine Montour. Queanettquaga was destroyed by the retaliatory Sullivan Expedition of 1779 during the American Revolutionary War, which was directed against Iroquois villages of tribes that were allies of Great Britain.By 1788, as this site began to be settled by European Americans after the war, the village was named Havana. As Havana, this village was designated as the first county seat of Schuyler County. The village was incorporated in 1836. Completed in 1833, the Chemung Canal was built through the village to connect the Chemung River and its watershed to Seneca Lake. At the north end of the lake, another canal connected to the Erie Canal, leading both to the Great Lakes and to the Hudson River and port of New York City, to increase trade and commerce in the region.
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