Hadley is one of the most northerly towns of Saratoga
County. It is bounded on the north and east by the county line, on the
south by Corinth and on the west by Day. The town is defined as follows in
the Revised Statutes:
The town of Hadley shall contain all that part of said
county bounded, northerly and easterly, by the bounds of the county, southerly
by Corinth, and westerly, by Day:
The surface of the town is rough and hilly and for the
most part thickly wooded. The Kayaderosseras Range occupies the southern part of
the town. Mount Anthony (the iron mountain), its highest peak, lies in the
southeastern part of Hadley. The Sacandaga River winds through the southern
part. There are no lakes or other streams of importance in the town. The
Adirondack railroad runs nearly north and south through the extreme eastern part
of the town.
Richard Hilton, who came into the town in 1788, is
reputed to have been the first settler in the town. Alexander Stewart came in
1790, Daniel Dayton in 1796 and Elijah Ellis in 1800. The latter built the first
saw mill in town on the Sacandaga River. Jonathan Flanders had the first tavern.
Conklingville and Hadley are the only villages. The
former is located on the Sacandaga in the western part of the town. It was
founded in 1848 by Gurdon Conkling. It has several industries, the most
important of which is the woodenware factory operated for many years by Benjamin
Jenkins. Hadley lies at the mouth of the Sacandaga River, and is practically a
part of the village of Luzerne in Warren County.
The Free-Will Baptist church of Hadley was organized in
1826, the Wesleyan Methodist church in 1844, the Conklingville Presbyterian
church in 1854, St. John's Episcopal church of Conklingville in 1868. An Odd
Fellows lodge was instituted at Conklingvile in 1851, and a lodge of Good
Templars in 1869.
Hadley was formed from Greenfield in 1801, but then
comprised the present towns of Hadley, Corinth and a part of Day. In 1819 it was
reduced to its present dimensions.