Town of Plainfield

Thes earliest record we can find of white settlers in the town of Plainfield, is found in the "Old New York Frontier" published by Schreiber's. It places a "Squire Brown" at the forks of the Unadilla as early as 1724. The Indians drove him out the following year. Following the Revolutionary War, westward migration settled parts of the Lispenard and Schyler patents which made up the town of Plainfield. We have records of settlers along the Skaneateles Turnpike in 1793. Spooner's Corners and Lloydsville were among the first settlements along the turnpike. Plainfield Center was the largest of these settlements, it had it's own post office, schools, 2 hotels, a charcoal kiln, and several cheese factories as well as other shops. Edward Spicer was among the early settlers in 1796 in Unadilla Forks and when his young son died that same year, he started what we now know as the Unadilla Forks Cemetery. The town of Plainfield was established March 25th, 1799. The first gristmill was built by Caleb Brown in 1805. He also built an oil mill and a cloth factory on the east branch of the Unadilla River.
The influx of Welsh immigrants to the town of Plainfield began with Edward L. Morris in 1853. The area south of Plainfield Center became known as Welsh Hill. Many of the Welsh settlers found the land too harsh for dairy farming and grew hops. In 1869 the Welsh built a Congregational Church in Plainfield Center. A Calvinistic Methodist Church was built the same year on Welsh Hill. Services at both churches were in the Welsh language.
The town of Plainfield had 13 school districts, all of which were one- room school houses until the Unadilla Forks Academy was built in 1902. This academy, which included a high school by 1914, replaced the one-room schoolhouse in the Forks. By the year 1931 this school also became part of the West Winfield School system. The building is now on the New York State Historic Registry and was refurbished in 2011. The building is presently being used as a Court House and public meeting hall.
The buisness directory of the "Hamilton Child Gazetteer" in the year 1872-73 gives a listing of the dairy farms in the town of Plainfield at that time. These farmers sold their milk to cheese factories nearby of which there were many. This changed in 1895 when the Unadilla Valley Railroad was completed. This provided a market for fluid milk. Farmers transported the milk to stations at Leonardsville and River Forks in horse drawn wagons.
Waterpower made it possible for the hamlet of Unadilla Forks to flourish. The main dam provided the source of power for a saw mill, feed mill, grist mill, and carding mill. Unadilla Forks was home to a furniture factory and a cabinet factory which also produced rough boxes for burial as well as baseball bats. The saw mill provided electricity to the homes in the Forks before electricity was widely available. The 1868 map of Unadilla Forks shows a separate dam on the west branch of the river called Willow Glen. A factory was founded in 1850 and first manufactured cotton wicking and then steel hoes, rakes, and forks. This factory also made the handles for these tools.
The Unadilla Forks Fire Department was organized in 1913. The first fire house was at the end of Main Street near the monument. The present day firehouse was dedicated in 1955. The church bell served as the fire alarm until 1940 when the siren was purchased.
The present day town of Plainfield is primarily a residential area. The railroad stopped service in 1958. The Unadilla Forks Post Office, which was the last in the town of Plainfield, closed in 1967. The Forks Store is now an apartment house and the river is used only for recreational purposes. The Unadilla Forks Baptist Church stands at the center of the hamlet and is the last of the churches in the town of Plainfield.

The Town Clerk's Office will be closed December 25th and 26th and January 1st in observance of Christmas and New Years Days. Have a blessed holiday with family and friends!

It's Holiday Time!

To paraphrase the Grinch, that means lots of packages, boxes and bags. This year, when unpacking all the goodies coming to your door, pay special attention to the packaging. Foam packaging, bubble wrap, tissue paper and air pillows can all be used again, if you're shipping gifts to distant family and friends. If you have no need for the material, check with local shipping stores to see if they can use it (call first, don't just drop it at their door). If it can't be reused or donated, make sure to dispose of it properly:

 Cardboard: break down and flatten boxes; take clean, dry, flattened boxes to your transfer station or set out with curbside recycling.

Bubblewrap and air pillows: If bubblewrap has a foil backing, it must be disposed of in the trash. Otherwise, bubblewrap and deflated air pillows can be recycled at grocery stores and other retailers that take back plastic bags and film wrap. Visit to learn which nearby retailers participate.

 For a comprehensive list of 'How Do I Get Rid Of?' in Otsego County, visit or

NEW TOWN CLERK HOURS! The Town Clerk hours will be Tuesdays, 9-NOON and Wednesdays, 2-4pm effective November 1st. If these days and times are not convenient, please call to make an appointment!

The 2019 Plainfield Town Budget has been passed and is available for public viewing during normal Town Clerk hours: Tuesdays 9-NOON and Wednesdays 2-4 pm.

SEASONAL ROAD CLOSINGS EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1ST, 2018 - MAY 1ST, 2019: Seasonal parts of Saunders Gulf Rd., Shanton Rd., and Hughes Rd. and All of Mason Rd., Adams Pond Rd., and Scotts Glen Rd.

Are you tired of the County Highway road conditions in Plainfield? County Highways 18, 18A, 19 and 21 are deteriorating and sometimes dangerous. It should not take damages to a car or an accident to have Plainfield County Highways safe to drive on.

Here are ways to contact the Otsego County Highway Department to voice your concerns pertaining to the County Highways:

1) The most effective way is to send a letter and/or email detailing the County Highway problem and its location to:

William Mason

Otsego County Highway Superintendent

20 Linden Avenue

Cooperstown, NY 13326

2) Call Mr. Mason at: 607-547-0537 detailing the problem and its location

3) Sign a petition available at the Plainfield Town Clerks office at

    129 County Highway 18A, West Winfield, NY 13491, during regular  

     office hours of Tuesdays 9am-2pm and Wednesdays 4pm-6pm. You   

     can also call the Town Clerks office to set up a time to sign the petition 

      at: 315-855-7873

4) As well as contacting the Otsego County Highway Superintendent with your

    concerns, you can also contact the Otsego County Legislator for Plainfield:

Dan Wilber

Board of Representatives

County Office Building

197 Main St.

Cooperstown, NY 13326



Otsego County Recycling at Risk!

The current state of recycling in Otsego County is at risk.  The current purchaser of our recycling items has notified the county that our recycled items do not meet the standards required for the commodities market.  Did you know that you NEED to clean your recyclables BEFORE you put them in your recycle bins?  All jars, plastics, tin foil, etc. must be at least rinsed out so no food residue is present.  This also goes for paper and cardboard!  How many of you think you’re doing a great thing recycling your pizza boxes?  Think again!!  You must cut the dirty bottom off before you can recycle the clean top…..throw that bottom in the garbage.  All of this is precipitated by the Chinese Government changing their policy on plastics contamination.  The largest single market for plastics is China, and they have lowered their contamination rate from 5% to 0.3%.  What does this mean for you?  Right now, residents can still take their recyclables to the transfer station free of charge.  If a hauler picks up your recyclables, they are going to be charged $55 a ton to drop recyclables.  Eventually, this cost may be passed on to YOU the consumer.  Help Otsego County help you!!!!  We are asking you to make an effort to:

  1. CLEAN your recyclables. 
  2. DO NOT bag your recyclables.
  3. Recycle the correct items. Rule of thumb in our County….look for the 5694-a-green-recycle-symbol-on-a-white-background-pv[1]symbol with a number 1-7 on it.  If you can’t find that, check out for the answers to your ‘what can I recycle’ questions.  If you still can’t find your answer…..when in doubt, throw it out.

2018 Fishing and Hunting Licenses are now available at the Town Hall

DEC Announces 2018-2019 Waterfowl Season Dates

A complete list of season dates and bag limits for each zone can be found on the DEC website.The waterfowl hunter task force rationale can be found at Duck Season Dates.

Hunters interested in printing the pocket guide can find it at  2018-2019 Waterfowl Season Pocket Guide (PDF). Hard copies will be available from the Regional Offices or by e-mailing later this summer.

Town garage phone is 315-855-4478 if there is an issue with road safety or concerns. The officials tab at the top of this page has detailed contact info.

Employment Application


Any issues to come before the Board at a regular meeting, are to be placed on the meeting agenda.Contact the Town Clerk at 315-855-7873, Supervisor Todd Lewis at 315-368-4074 or to add your name to the agenda.

The Town Board is looking to fill positions on Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Board of Assessment Review. Please contact Town Clerk at 315-855-7873.

Current Year Assessment Rolls

Click Here to go to the Otsego County Real Property Tax Dept's Current Year Assessment Rolls

Please click on the link below for added history of Unadilla Forks