There is only one Gouverneur in all of the United States. The community was founded in 1805, named
after American statesman Gouverneur Morris. Among his honor, Morris, Founding Father of the United
States, penned the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. His historical home still stands today,
over 200 years old.
Gouverneur has a plentiful source of white dolomite marble which has been quarried and used in a
variety of ways since the town's founding. This mineral-rich region is the home of one of the
world's oldest and largest talc producers, Gouverneur Talc Company. The Zinc Corporation of America
mine is one of the largest zinc production facilities in the U.S. Additionally, Gouverneur hosts CIVES
Steel and Iron Works, Clearwater Tissue Corporation, and is the birthplace and headquarters
of Kinney Drugs, Inc. Kinney Drugs owns and operates approximately sixty retail drug stores in
northern and central New York and Vermont.
, home of the acclaimed 10th Mountain
Infantry Division, is located twenty minutes south. Within 40 miles are the academic communities of
St. Lawrence University
Jefferson Community College
and Clarkson University
Gouverneur lies amongst the Adirondack Mountains, host of the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid.
Along with our beautiful scenery, we like to think we have a beautiful community.
For more information please visit the
Town of Gouverneur