With its county seat in the picturesque town of Watertown, Jefferson County sits on the majestic Lake Ontario. Located in North Country New York State, Jefferson is largely an agricultural county with major emphasis on community and involvement. Home to many wonderful schools, Herkimer residents are proud of their rich history and the schools often take advantage of the Fort Drum US Army base in Watertown. Likewise, the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands and the Great Lake Ontario are often part of the curriculum. Jefferson County is not only a beautiful place to live; it is also full of some of the finest schools in the state.