Towns and Villages in Wayne County

Nestled between the cities of Rochester and Syracuse lies Wayne County. We are known for our rural charm, vast apple orchards, drumlins and scenic beauty. With 35 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline we promise the visitor a wide variety of water activities and trophy fishing. We are rich in history…drive the Seaway Trail which traverses through the northern part of our county or follow the Historic Erie Canal that flows near our southern border. Our small towns and villages celebrate our history and charm with annual events throughout the year. Come visit Wayne County!

Arcadia

The town of Arcadia incorporates the Village of Newark, considered to be the commercial hub of the county. Add to that, the Erie Canal flows through the village of Newark and you have reason to make it your headquarters. Movie theater, fine restaurants, motel, canal dockage at the T. Spencer Knight Park and museums round out the appeal of the area. The hamlet of Fairville just outside Newark is home to many fine Farm Markets including the Apple Shed and Christmas tree growers.

Butler

The town of Butler is a rural community, sparsely populated with true old country charm. It was here that Antoinette Brown was ordained as the first woman minister in the United States.

Clyde

The Village of Clyde resides in the town of Galen. The Erie Canal played an important role in it’s’ development. Much of the land is used for farming. You won’t want to miss the annual community celebration held every August, the fireworks are spectacular.

Galen

The Village of Clyde resides in the town of Galen. The Erie Canal played an important role in it’s’ development. Much of the land is used for farming. You won’t want to miss the annual community celebration held every August, the fireworks are spectacular.

Huron

Bordering the eastern edge of Sodus Bay, the Town of Huron contains the spectacular Chimney Bluffs, a land formation created by a receding glacier. The landscape is dotted with orchards and in full bloom in the spring. One of the most photographed areas in the county.

Lyons

Lyons is the county seat and houses the domed County Court House that was built in 1854. An impressive building overlooking the quaint village park. The Erie Canal helped make this village prosperous and continues to be a favorite spot for boaters. The annual Peppermint Days Celebration focuses on the heritage of the peppermint industry that Lyons was noted for. The Museum of Wayne County History is just a block away form the village square where an old fashioned Farmer’s market is held every Saturday morning from mid June through October.

Macedon

So close to the city but yet so far away. Macedon is an expanding residential and commercial area, there is still plenty of open space. Historic highlights include the Macedon Academy building on Route 31F and locks of the old Erie Canal. A Lumberjack Festival is a big draw every year in September. Long Acre Farms is home to the Amazing Maize Maze which has become a major attraction.

Marion

The Dutch settlers of Marion worked the rich land and made this a farming community. The annual Marion heritage Day celebrates the highlights and contributions of these early settlers.

Newark

The town of Arcadia incorporates the Village of Newark, considered to be the commercial hub of the county. Add to that, the Erie Canal flows through the village of Newark and you have reason to make it your headquarters. Movie theater, fine restaurants, motel, canal dockage at the T. Spencer Knight Park and museums like the Newark-Arcadia Museum round out the appeal of the area.

Ontario

From Iron Ore to Atomic Power – Ontario has come a long way. Noted for the early iron ore industry and now the Ginna nuclear power plant is located on the shore of Lake Ontario. Close to the city of Rochester, Ontario is growing by leaps and bounds. Heritage Square Museum located on Ontario Center Road captures the essence of the community’s history.

Palmyra

Queen of the Canaltown Era. Canaltown Days is celebrated every September in this bustling community. Noted for the 4 churches on the 4 corners, Palmyra is home to the famous Alling Coverlet Museum – a collection of over 200 coverlets, The Phelps General Store (where time has stood still), Palmyra Historic Museum, Print Shop along with the Mormon sites that include Hill Cumorah, Grandin Building and the Joseph Smith Farm are all part of Palmyra’s history. Victorian homes abound throughout the village. Charming Bed & Breakfast’s and unique shopping will make your visit truly special.

Pultneyville

Pultneyville is a small hamlet located in the township of Williamson and situated approximately 20 miles east of Rochester, NY on the Seaway Trail. Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario with a now quiet but scenic harbor, Pultneyville has a unique and colorful history. Pultneyville’s maritime heritage, the New England style architecture, the connection to the Underground Railroad and the War of 1812 make the hamlet an interesting stop on the Seaway Trail.

Rose/North Rose

A quiet rural setting describes the Town of Rose and the hamlet of North Rose. Today the landscape is dotted with apple orchards. At the turn of the century, Rose bustled as a major dried apple shipper, shipping throughout the world.

Savannah

It is the unique topography of the land that makes this town stand out. Located near the Montezuma wetlands made the town a perfect spot for the new Montezuma Audubon Center. There are fishing and hunting opportunities within the area. Agriculture is the main industry because of the rich, fertile muckland surrounding the area.

Sodus

Home to Sodus Bay, often described as the crown jewel of Lake Ontario. Fruit orchards and cobblestone structures dominate the landscape and town. Sodus Point is a resort community featuring fine restaurants, marinas, beaches, charter boat services, golf, Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum and quaint shopping. Everything a visitor could ask for!

Sodus Point

Home to Sodus Bay, often described as the crown jewel of Lake Ontario. Fruit orchards and cobblestone structures dominate the landscape and town. Sodus Point is a resort community featuring fine restaurants, marinas, beaches, charter boat services, golf, Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum and quaint shopping. Everything a visitor could ask for!

Walworth

The past and present have blended to make a truly unique community. Open farmland, modern industries and the expanding area of Gananda – a planned community.

Williamson

The town slogan states that Williamson is the “core” to apple country. Spring brings a burst of apple blossoms and the town incorporates that with the annual Williamson Apple Blossom Festival. Farther north on the shore of Lake Ontario is the hamlet of Pultneyville, an old lake port and terminal on the Underground Railroad. The area is rich in history and agriculture.

Wolcott

Port Bay dominates the northern border of this town where the visitor will find ample campgrounds, fishing services, lodging and restaurants. Downtown Main St. provides an old fashioned shopping experience. At the center of town is the famous statue known as Venus or Aphrodite, only one of eight across the U.S.

 

 

 

 

History

Wayne County, originally included in lands of Ontario and Seneca Counties, became a separate county on April 11, 1823. The county's history actually begins long before 1823. Little has been written about the early Indians who lived in and around Wayne County. When the first white pioneers arrived in 1789, it does not appear that there were any major Indian settlements in this area. Rather, the Indian made hunting and fishing trips into this region where bear, wolf, deer and a wide variety of fish could be found in large quantities. Sodus Bay was a favorite fishing spot and a well-worn trail extended from its shores to the head of Cayuga Lake, where the Indians had permanent homes.

Artifacts found throughout the county, and especially in the town of Savannah, indicate that Indians, at one time, did have permanent or seasonal camps in the area. In fact, as far back as 10,000 years ago, Indian hunters, following the retreating glacier, moved into the area to hunt such animals as mastodon and moose elk. Once agriculture was introduced into the Indian Society, permanent settlement moved to the south of Wayne County, into the area around the Finger Lakes.

The Indians had an appreciation of their natural surroundings, which has become part of our heritage in the names which they used: for example, Sodus, a shortened form of the Cayuga work meaning "silvery waters"

County Historian
Peter Evans
9 Pearl Street, Suite 3
Lyons, NY 14489
(315) 946-5470
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www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/ny/Wayne/state.html

Sodus Point History - www.historicsoduspoint.com

County Map

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Erie Canal

The "Era of the Erie"

The Erie Canal is a major attraction and recreational resource in Wayne County. The canal had a huge impact on the surrounding villages of Macedon, Palmyra, Newark, Lyons and Clyde. The canal provided inexpensive and easy transportation of goods, which allowed agriculture and industry to develop. Local museums depict the "Era of the Erie" in many exhibits and remnants of the old canal are plentiful throughout the county. The canal takes center stage at numerous community events throughout the year.

Today, the Erie Canal provides recreation for the whole family. Whether you'd care to fish, boat, canoe, kayak, hike or bike, Wayne County's 35 miles of the Erie Canal is waiting for you. Modern facilities such as marinas, hiking/biking paths, and canalside parks will make your experience a pleasant one.

Come and enjoy the "Era of the Erie"

Marina & Boat Rentals

MID-LAKES ERIE MACEDON MARINA
1865 Canandaigua Road
Macedon, NY 14502
(315) 986-3011
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Web Address: www.macedonlanding.com

Full service marina. Seasonal and transient slips, fuel, pump out, repairs, travelift, ramp, laundry, showers. Self-skippered Lockmaster canalboat rentals, charter by the week. Pontoon boat/kayak/canoe rentals.

Mural Mania

A new, innovative murals trail that features the Erie Canal as well as several canal villages has come to life in Wayne, Cayuga and Onondaga counties. The trail, which runs 75 miles from Macedon to Syracuse, features historical murals on buildings and canal abutments.

In 2016, Mural Mania will be hosting the Global Mural Conference. Go to www.muralmania.org.

New York State Canal System

The New York State Canal System is a navigable 524-mile inland waterway that spans upstate New York. The waterway connects the Hudson River with Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, and Lake Erie via the Niagara River.

The Canal System includes four Canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca; canalized natural waterways, plus five lakes: Oneida, Onondaga, Cross, Cayuga and Seneca; short Canal sections at Ithaca and Watkins Glen; feeder reservoirs, canals and rivers not accessible by boat from the Canal; and Canal terminals on Lake Champlain. The Canal System passes through 25 counties and close to 200 villages, hamlets and towns.

Canal Organizations

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the National Park Service, collaborates with communities and organizations to preserve and interpret the nationally significant heritage of New York’s canal system, invite visitors to explore what makes the Corridor unique, and ensure a vibrant future for the 2.7 million New Yorkers who call the Erie Canalway home. The National Heritage Corridor extends the full expanse of upstate New York and includes the present day canal system and its historic alignments. www.eriecanalway.org

The New York State Canal Corporation operates, maintains, and promotes the New York State Canal System, which includes the Erie, Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca, and Oswego Canals. The Canal Corporation is a subsidiary of the NYS Thruway Authority. www.canals.ny.gov

  • New York State Canal System Cruising Guide - The Canal Corporation publishes, The Cruising Guide to the New York State Canal System, a comprehensive guide to boating along the Canal System.  It includes information on the services and amenities along the Canal System, bridge clearance information, as well as tourism and Canalway Trail information. The Cruising Guide is highly recommended to those planning a trip on the Canal System. Click here to learn about purchasing the guide.

Parks and Trails New York works statewide to expand, protect, and promote a network of parks, trails, and open spaces throughout the state for all to use and enjoy. PTNY advocates for completion of the Canalway Trail System and promotes the trail through annual events, including Cycling the Erie Canal bike tour and Bicyclists Bring Business roundtables. PTNY supports an Adopt-a-Trail maintenance program, in conjunction with the Canalway Trails Association New York. www.ptny.org

Canal New York Marketing and Business Alliance is a statewide membership organization whose mission is to serve as the one generally accepted private sector entity dedicated to tourism, marketing, legislative advocacy, and business collaboration in support of existing and new business opportunities within New York State's canal communities. www.canalny.com

Canal Society of New York brings together canal scholars from across New York to protect historic canal sites and features; support the revitalization of canals and the development of canal ports, recreational facilities, canal trails and other related amenities; and present and interpret canal history. www.newyorkcanals.org

Western Erie Canal Alliance (WECA) serves as a conduit and partner to regional communities in an effort to support New York State's Management Plan for the Western Erie Canal Heritage Corridor. The organization helps preserve, maintain and promote the integrity of the 136 mile stretch of the corridor along the Erie Canal, including the communities in the counties of Erie, Monroe, Orleans and Wayne.www.westerneriecanal.com

 

Visitor Information

ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR
833 West Union Street, Newark, NY 14513
(315) 331-1122; (800) 736-8222
www.enterprise.com

WILLIAMSON/SODUS AIRPORT (SDC)
5502 Route 104, Williamson, NY 14589
(315) 483-6011
www.williamsonflyingclub.com

Group Tour Services

Group Tour Friendly Accommodations

Palmyra Inn
955 Canandaigua Road , Palmyra , NY 14522
(315) 597-8888 - www.palmyrainn.com

60 guest rooms. Indoor Jacuzzi, fitness center, free wi-fi.
Finger Lakes region, near the Erie Canal and Hill Cumorah.

Contact: Carrie Green

Newark Garden Hotel
125 North Main Street , Newark , NY 14513
(315) 331-9500 - www.newarkgardenhotel.com

107 guest rooms. Indoor heated pool. Full service restaurant. Jacuzzi suites available. Fitness center, banquet facilities, near Lake Ontario , Hill Cumorah and the Erie Canal.

Chamber of Commerce

Lyons Chamber of Commerce

www.lyonsny.com
PO Box 39, Lyons, NY 14489 
(315) 573-8170

Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce
Macedon, Palmyra & Walworth
www.canal-connection.com
PO Box 146, Macedon, NY 14502
(800) 975-8676

Newark Chamber of Commerce
www.newarknychamber.org
199 VanBuren Street, Newark, NY 14513
(315) 331-2705

Ontario Chamber of Commerce
www.ontarionychamber.org
PO Box 100, Ontario, NY 14519
(315) 524-5886

Savannah Chamber of Commerce
(315) 945-5760
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Sodus Chamber of Commerce
www.sodusny.org
PO Box 187, Sodus, NY 14551
(315) 576-3818

Williamson Chamber of Commerce
http://www.williamsonchamberofcommerce.com
P.O. Box 907
Williamson, NY 14589
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Wolcott Chamber of Commerce
www.wolcottny.org
PO Box 132, Wolcott, NY 14590
(315) 594-6002

Wayne County Business Council
www.waynecountybusinesscouncil.com
PO Box 337, Palmyra, NY 14522
(315) 597-4468