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Sterling is a town in Cayuga County, New York, United States. The population was 3,040 at the 2010 census. Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the town is named after William Alexander, Lord Stirling, an American general of the Revolutionary War. Sterling is the most northerly town in the county and lies northwest of Syracuse.HistoryThe region was formerly part of the territory of the Onondaga, one of the original five nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. However, as allies of the defeated British, they were forced to cede most of their lands in New York to the state after the Revolutionary War. This land was part of the Central New York Military Tract, which was divided and granted as pay to veteran soldiers of the Revolution. The first European-American settler, Pierre Dumas (also recorded as Peter DeMass), arrived in 1805.Sterling was formed in 1812 from the town of Cato.Improvements made to Little Sodus Bay of Lake Ontario in the early 19th century enabled the town to have port facilities and take part in the Great Lakes trade. Since commercial use of the port declined in the late 19th century with changes in transportation and development of western cities, the town has developed as a destination for vacations and recreation. The Sterling Renaissance Festival, held annually during the summer for almost forty years, also attracts tourists to the town.Sterling is in Finger Lakes. Plan your vacation with our United States trip itinerary site and discover the best things to do in Sterling.
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