Norfolk, NY is a small rural  town within minutes of the U.S.-Canadian border with a Main Street of small stores, shops and restaurants, along with a paper mill, golf course and many friendly people. The town of Norfolk is located in the northeastern corner of St. Lawrence County, N.Y., with two primary communities, Norfolk and Raymondville, both located on State Route 56, the primary route through the town. Norfolk borders the town of Massena to the north, the village of Norwood and the town of Potsdam to the south, and the towns of Louisville, Madrid, Stockholm and Brasher.

"Before the town of Norfolk was formed and settled in the early 1800's, the Indians called it "new village." At the time, most of Norfolk was inhabited by migrant 'timber thieves' who entered the vastly uninhabited territory and harvested large quantities of timber that were shipped across the St. Lawrence River to markets in Canada. Erastus Hall bought the first contract for land in the southern part of the town of Louisville, which later became Norfolk. History records say Hall and a companion attempted to raft across a swift section of the Raquette River, only equipped with poles for steering, and ended up at the mercy of the rapids." Their salvation was achieved when they tossed their cargo to shore, clung to overhead branches and inched their way across the river. Hall's first shelter after arriving in Norfolk was one of the shanties built and later abandoned by timber thieves.

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