Easy Street School, the last one room schoolhouse built in New York State. It was designed by Arthur Wareham The Town of Brighton covers 8340 square miles in Franklin County, New York, at an altitude averaging 1640 feet. Brighton lies in three different major watersheds: the Saranac/Chazy-Lake Champlain watershed, the St. Regis-St. Lawrence watershed, and the Salmon/Trout-St. Lawrence watershed. Brighton is 26% wetlands and nearly the entire town is underlain by a high-quality aquifer. Many of the wetland areas are home to rare and threatened species such as spruce grouse, moose and three-toed woodpecker.

The Town of BrightonApproximately 47% of the land in Brighton is state-owned. Paul Smith's College ownership accounts for an additional 20% of town acreage. Within the Town are the small settlements of Gabriels, Keese Mills, Onchiota, Paul Smiths, Rainbow Lake and McColloms.

Leon Redwood served as superintendent of highways in the 1960s.

Brighton History Days MapHistory of Clinton and Franklin counties, New York, (1880) p. 398, gives the population of the Town of Brighton as follows:

1860 208
1865 150
1870 204
1875 247

The Palladium Malone, Thursday, Dec 19, 1867

Abstracts of Accounts audited by the Board of Town Auditors of the town of Brighton, at their annual session, Nov. 7, 1867:

  Names and Nature of Demand Claim Allow'd
1 J M Wardner, supervisor $29.81 $29.81
2 F T B Weller, town clerk $12.00 $12.00
3 A C McCollum, com. of highways $15.00 $15.00
4 Heman G. Wilcox, assessor and insp'r $16.50 $16.50
5 John Redwood, " $12.75 $12.75
6 Luther M. Collins, " $7.50 $7.50
7 Joshua Otis, inspector $6.50 $6.50
8 J Quarter, " $11.00 $11.00
9 S Wardner, com. highways, 1866 $8.75 $8.75
10 D C Skiff, justice of the peace $8.00 $8.00
11 Wm Otis, constable $2.55 $2.55
12 A K Wilcox, " $8.35 $8.35