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Tully, New York
Tully is located in the Syracuse Metro area and is a village in the Onondaga County. It was named after the Roman Orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. It can be reached by Interstate 81 and Syracuse is about 18 miles to the North and Binghamton, about 50 miles to the south. This is a great little village with many recreational areas nearby.
The first settler in Tully was Carl Scouten who came here in 1795 and built a log cabin. When Cortland County was established, Tully had to lose some of its southern part to the towns of Preble and Scott and also to the town of Stafford. Tully was originally one of the townships of a Military Tract. Upon the organization of the county in 1794, it was included with Fabius in the town of Pompey. Fabius, including the present town of Tully, was taken off March 9, 1798, and Tully was erected into a separate town April 4, 1803, A part of Otisco was taken off in 1806, and a part of Spafford in 1811.
The most significant changes were brought to the town by the development of two local resources, the Tully Lake Park is the first cottage and a part of the hotel that was erected on Tully Lake and then, other cottages and villas followed. The second development was the establishment of the central New York assembly on the east side of the lake. Here annual sessions of education were held in summer. Thousands of visitors come here each year just for the serene picturesque place and its privileges. They even contribute materially to the town.
Miss Ruth Thorpe was influential in establishing a place of learning in 1801. The first Charter for the school was received from the Board of Regents in 1898 so that a High school can be formed. In 1930, the Centralization of Tully school District took place. Tully free library is about 75 years old and it issues a report to the community each year in late January which is sent to the state, county and local legislators. It contains an overview of the library’s services during the past year. Tully free library was permanently chartered by the State of New York in 1967. Various events are conducted in the library such as story hour, lap sit, bridge club, book discussion group, knitting and also computer classes.
Tully Junior Senior High School
PO Box 628, 5850 State Route 80, Tully NY, 13159
Tully Elementary School
PO Box 628
Tully NY, 13159
Tully area Historical Society
It was started in 1977 to preserve the history of Tully and the church buildings located on State Street. Since then, it has conducted fashion shows, community fair, and ice harvest festival, Thrift shop with the strong support of the members. Once in a year, a military display is held in May that features pictures and memorabilia for those who served the country from Tully.
Tully has long of skiing. Song Mountain and Labrador Mountain are great year round recreation areas that really shine as downhill skiing and snowboarding areas. There is, of course plenty of cross country skiing at these locations as well as at the nearby Highland Forest which also has great year round hiking trails.