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Frankfort Town

Frankfort Town Hall is located at 140 South Litchfield Street, Frankfort NY 13340; phone: 315-894-8737.


The town of Frankfort was established in 1796. The rolling hills of this southern Herkimer County town proved conducive to agriculture, notably dairy farming. Frankfort grew and prospered during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries because of its location along the route of the old Erie Canal and the later New York State Barge Canal. At the end of the First World War, the town of Frankfort received funds from an excess profits tax collected by the state during the war. Town officials held a referendum to determine how voters wished this money to be spent. By an overwhelming majority, the voters approved a proposition to construct a town hall dedicated as a memorial to Frankfort men who served in the army and navy during World War I. The new building would provide government offices, a public auditorium and a meeting room for the local American Legion post. In late 1921 the town board solicited proposals for a building site. Four private parcels were offered for sale as well as a portion of abandoned Erie Canal right-of-way declared surplus by the state. In May, 1922 the town board voted to acquire the canal land between Litchfield Street and Moyer Creek.

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