In 1770, Rev. William Johnston and an Indian guide set out by canoe from Otsego Lake to explore the Susquehanna River valley, and arrived at the site of an old Indian fort near a confluence with the Unadilla River. Two years later, Johnston returned with his son, cleared land, and with the arrival of additional families, established what would be called “Johnston Settlement.” From Johnston’s Settlement, the Town of Sidney was formed, named in honor of British naval officer and Revolutionary War hero, Sir Sidney Smith.

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