First inhibited by members of the United a Stockbridge tribes, this land was later settled by Elisha Payne and was called “Payne’s Settlement.”
In 1816, The Village obtained a charter to incorporate and the people change the name to “Hamilton,” in honor of Alexander Hamilton.
Samuel Payne and his wife, among the first settlers donated their land to the Baptist Theological Society, which became medicine University and later Colgate University.
The Erie Canal was opened in 1825, with the Chenango Canal connecting the Erie from Utica and Binghamton in 1836. Its route passed through our village.