Waddington, New York
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About Waddington, New York
Waddington, New York, is of interest to divers because part of the village’s original industrial area was flooded during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Waddington is a village located in the Town of Waddington in St. Lawrence County, New York. The population was 972 at the 2010 census. The village is named after Joshua Waddington.
The Village of Waddington is at the northern edge of the town and is north of Canton.
The first settlers arrived around 1798.
The village was originally called “Hamilton” (after Alexander Hamilton), but was changed to Waddington in 1818. Joshua Waddington was a friend of Hamilton and one of the original landowners. The village was incorporated in 1839. When the Town of Waddington was formed afterwards, it adopted the name of the village.
During the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway part of the village needed to be relocated and some of the old industrial area was destroyed.
The Waddington Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.