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Virgil is a town in Cortland County, New York, United States. The population was 2,401 at the 2010 census. The name is from the Roman poet Virgil. The town is in the southwest part of Cortland County and is south of the city of Cortland.HistoryThe region was part of the Central New York Military Tract used to pay soldiers of the American Revolution. "Virgil" was the name of one of the townships of the Military Tract, this name being assigned by a clerk interested in the Classics.Virgil was first settled around 1792. The town was formed from the town of Homer in 1804. Virgil was reduced by the formation of the towns of Harford and Lapeer in 1845. Virgil also lost territory to the towns of Cortlandville and Freetown.In 1865, the population was 2,009.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 122.8km2, of which 122.7km2 is land and 0.1km2, or 0.08%, is water. The eastern half of the town drains mainly via Gridley Creek to the Tioughnioga River, which flows southwards and is part of the Susquehanna River watershed. A small southern part of the town flows south towards the East Branch of Owego Creek, also part of the Susquehanna watershed. The western half of the town drains primarily via Virgil Creek as well as other streams westward to Fall Creek, part of the Cayuga Lake watershed leading north towards Lake Ontario.
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