Welcome to Fort Drum, NY

Housing, Business, Community, and Relocation Information.

Fort Drum’s mission is to provide support and mobilization of its tenant units and the 80,000 active duty soldiers who are deployed each year. It is located in Jefferson County, New York, near the city of Watertown. Fort Drum is home to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), its host unit, and others such as the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 20th Air Support Operations Squadron (Air Force), Light Fighters School, and the Noncommissioned Officers Academy.

 

History

Though there had been small military forts in the area as far back as the American Revolution, it wasn’t until 1908 that the location for Fort Drum, then known as Pine Camp, was chosen by General Ulysses S. Grant’s son, Brig. Gen. Frederick Dent Grant. Before World War II, the camp was used for field training exercises and then greatly expanded in preparation for the war, adding 75,000 acres and displacing several hundred families and a few former villages. Post-war, Pine Camp became Camp Drum for First Army Commander in WWI Lt. Gen. Hugh A. Drum and later, in the 1970s, finally became an official Fort.

 

Weather

This area of northern New York, just 30 miles from the Canadian border, is known for its long winters and rather short summers. The average temperature in January is about 18 degrees F with 35 inches of snow, while July is about 69 degrees. Annual precipitation is about 40 inches.

 

Local Info

Off post housing in the Fort Drum area is available in the nearby small communities of Carthage, Calcium, Philadelphia, Watertown, and Evans Mills. Home prices in these areas are reasonable, especially compared to the more expensive prices in the rest of New York. The average price of a home for sale in Watertown is $120,000. To rent an apartment or house in the area, expect to pay about $1,000 per month.


Featured Home for Sale $ 169,800

Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 2 | Sq. Ft.: 1,895
Single-Family Home
 

About DoD Housing Network

Welcome to DoD Housing Network. We provide the resources for you to make an educated housing decision upon your PCS arrival to Fort Drum. Whether you decide to stay on post in Fort Drum housing or use your basic allowance for housing (BAH) to rent or purchase a home in the community surrounding Fort Drum, our relocation tools will help you make the right choice.

Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale, as well as the local businesses that work with Fort Drum inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand Fort Drum and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to Fort Drum please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to post. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.

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