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Painted Post is a village in Steuben County, New York, United States. The village is in the town of Erwin, west of the city of Corning. The population was 1,842 at the 2000 census. The name comes from a Seneca carved post found by explorers at the junction of three local rivers.[2] Corning-Painted Post Airport (7N1) is west of the village.

Painted Post
A monument to the Seneca Indians in Painted Post
A monument to the Seneca Indians in Painted Post
Painted Post is located in New York
Painted Post
Painted Post
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°9′40″N 77°5′29″W / 42.16111°N 77.09139°W / 42.16111; -77.09139Coordinates: 42°9′40″N 77°5′29″W / 42.16111°N 77.09139°W / 42.16111; -77.09139
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
942 ft (287 m)
 • Total1,809
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,400/sq mi (530/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)607
FIPS code36-56088
GNIS feature ID0959764

The former Town of Painted Post in 1836 was renamed the Town of Corning.


The Senecas never had a painted post but rather the post that existed in the Painted Post area was not "painted". The plain post had been used as a type of bulletin board and when the white settlers moved into the area they painted it. To paint this post was desecration to the Seneca people. The Seneca language word for the area was TKäen DōD, meaning "Land of the post".[3]

According to village records, Painted Post was established as a village in 1803. The Erwin brothers are considered the first wealthy European descended settlers to have settled in the Painted Post area in the late 18th century (Painted Post village is in the town of Erwin, named for the brothers and incorporated in 1796). The brothers' 4 mansions are still standing. There are maps in existence dated 1796 which include Painted Post. The village was first incorporated in 1860 and officially re-incorporated in 1893. The name is derived from an historic, although probably unpainted, wooden post seen in the area at the end of the 18th century. The origin and purpose of the post remain controversial. A glyph of the post is visible on the aforementioned 1796 map.

The following footnote appears in French's Gazetteer of New York State[4] and gives two possible versions of the origin of the name:

In the summer of 1779, a party of tories and Indians, under the command of a loyalist named McDonald, returned from an incursion into the Susquehanna settlements, bringing with them many of their number wounded. At the confluence of Tioga and Conhocton [sic] Rivers, Captain Montour, son of the famous Queen Catharine, a Seneca chief of great promise, died of his wounds. "His comrades buried him by the riverside, and planted above his grave a post on which were painted various symbols and rude devices. This monument was known throughout the Genesee Forests as 'The Painted Post.' It was a landmark well known to all the Six Nations, and was often visited by their braves and chieftains." This account of the origin of the Painted Post was given to Benj. Patterson, the hunter, by a man named Taggart, who was carried to Fort Niagara a prisoner by McDonald's party, end was a witness of the burial of Capt. Montour, or at least was in the encampment at the mouth of the Tioga at the time of his death. Col. Harper, of Harpersfield, the well known officer of the frontier militia of New York in the Revolution, informed Judge Knox, of Knoxville, in this co., that the Painted Post was erected over the grave of a chief who was wounded at the battle of the "Hog-Back" and brought in a canoe to the head of the Chemung, where he died. It was well understood by the early settlers that this monument was erected in memory of some distinguished warrior who had been wounded in one of the border battles of the Revolution and afterward died at this place. The post stood for many years after the settlement of the co.; and the story goes that it rotted down at the butt, and was preserved in the bar-room of a tavern till about the year 1810 and then mysteriously disappeared. It is also said to have been swept away in a freshet. — McMasters's Hist, of Steuben. Simm's Hist, Schoharie, p. 333.

In June 1972 the remnants of Hurricane Agnes stalled over the New York–Pennsylvania border, dropping up to 20 inches (500 mm) of rain into the Chemung Valley, which was among the worst hit areas by the resultant flooding. The Chemung, Tioga, and Cohocton rivers all overflowed their banks, leaving widespread areas of Painted Post as well as Corning, Big Flats, and Elmira under water and destroying many bridges.

Painted Post is featured in the Stephen Vincent Benet poem "American Names."

The First Baptist Church of Painted Post, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Station, and United States Post Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5] The Painted Post post office contains a mural, Recording the Victory, painted by muralist Amy Jones in 1939. Federally commissioned murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department.

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Painted Post is located at 42°9′40″N 77°5′29″W / 42.16111°N 77.09139°W / 42.16111; -77.09139 (42.161188, -77.091315).[9] Painted Post is west of the city of Corning, New York.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (4.51%) is water.

New York State Route 415 passes through the village which also borders the Southern Tier Expressway and the Cohocton River.

Interstate 86 also passes through Painted Post, and continues on until Jamestown, New York.


Census Pop.
Est. 20161,980[1]9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
A Victorian-era house on the corner of Water and Charles Streets in Painted Post

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 1,842 people, 811 households, and 480 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,457.0 people per square mile (564.4/km²). There were 879 housing units at an average density of 695.3 per square mile (269.4/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.71% White, 1.36% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.74% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

There were 811 households out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the village, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,477, and the median income for a family was $58,295. Males had a median income of $39,519 versus $26,583 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,664. About 4.5% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.


The Corning-Painted Post School District (includes the City of Corning, the Village of Painted Post and surrounding towns) currently has one early education center, six public elementary schools, a public middle school, and public high school located in the greater Corning area.[12]

In 2010 a referendum was passed that will reconfigure the school district's secondary schools; both middle schools will combine and move into the current West High School building while both of the high schools combine and move into the current East High School. This reconfiguration / building project has been completed for the beginning of the 2014 - 2015 school year.

Public early education center:

  • Frank Pierce Early Childhood Center

Public elementary schools include:

  • Hugh W. Gregg
  • Winfield Street
  • William E. Severn
  • Calvin U. Smith
  • Erwin Valley
  • Frederick Carder

Public middle schools include:

  • Corning Painted Post Middle School

Public high schools include:

  • High School Learning Center (HSLC)
  • Corning Painted Post High School

Private schools in Corning include:

  • The Alternative School for Math and Science (ASMS)
  • All Saints Academy (a K-8 Catholic school)
  • Corning Christian Academy (a P-12 evangelical Christian school)

Corning Community College (CCC) is also located in Corning.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Dimitroff, Thomas P (1991). History of the Corning-Painted Post area: 200 years in Painted Post country.
  3. ^ Boy Scouts of America, Five Rivers Council. "Order of the Arrow Lodge History". Order of the Arrow. Retrieved 27 July 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ French, J.H. (1860). Historical and Statistical Gazetteer of New York State. Syracuse, NY: R. Pearsall Smith.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
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  7. ^ Bazaar, The American (2016-05-27). "Spelling Bee final round: Live coverage". The American Bazaar. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
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  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ "Schools". Corning-Painted Post Area School District.

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