Welcome to the
Village of Castorland!
Located in the Town of Denmark in Lewis County,
N.Y., the Village of Castorland takes its name from
the French word for beaver which is caster.
The Black River, which flows within one mile of the
village, played an important role in the development
of the North Country and the village in particular.
The river was the primary method of transportation
for both people and products during the early
By 1870 roads had
improved, the Black River Canal was built and the
railroad reached the village. The Village of
Castorland came to life.
During the late
1880's and early 1900's the industries in the
village included lumber and farming. Other business
ventures in the village included a mattress factory,
furniture factory, several hotels and two general
stores. Climax Manufacturing Company, a wooden and
paper box manufacturing company was a very important
employer in the village. All of these businesses
provided a stable but growing economy for the
village, with Climax Manufacturing remaining the
main source of income for residents until the
1990's. During the 1990's the village grew to a
population of about 100 families and remains at that
Most of the industry has gone from
the village now, but the small village friendliness
and concern for neighbors remain to make Castorland
a great place to live if you enjoy a quiet, safe way
accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of
Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited
from discriminating on the basis of race, color,
national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and
familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to
To file a complaint of
discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil
Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington,
D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or
(202) 720-6382 (TDD).