This gallery takes a look at some small, very small, villages across Upstate New York.  Let's call them "micro-villages."

I was born and grew up in a village in Central New York.  We had a population of about 4,500, but we certainly were still called a village, and yet we were far from being called a city.  It was a nice upbringing.  We all went to the same school.  Our Main Street was lined with Mom and Pop shops offering us everything we could possibly need.  I'd say that everyone knew everyone, but not really.  Close, though!

So, how about these teeny tiny villages?  Each of them has a population (latest census data) of under 250 residents.  Think about that.  A handful of houses, maybe a general store and a post office (in the same building?), and a church or two.  Farmers crossing their cows across a dirt road.  You can still find places like this all over Upstate New York, and they are usually in the larger towns of the same name.

Are these the smallest villages in Upstate New York?  Maybe.  There are certainly many hamlets and rural crossing areas that are smaller, but these are in fact villages.  And they are small.   Kind of like our very own Mayberry R.F.Ds., or even Walton's Mountain.  Micro-villages.  A different way of life in our beautiful Upstate New York.

If you know of a village that has a population of under 250 residents (and there are probably many), we would love to hear from you over on our Facebook page!

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