Historical Markers in
Ontario County, New York

1656 Chapel of St. Michael 1656 1788 Survey 200 Years of Peace and Friendship A Memorial Apple Orchard Athasata (Kryn) Auburn Trail Location Map Austin Steward B.P.O. Elks No. 1054 Bee Sting Death Birthplace James A. Hard Blue & White Garden Boathouse History Burning Springs Camp Site Canandaigua Carolbarb Park Cayuga-Seneca Canal Entrance City of Canandaigua Cobblestone Pumphouse at Fishers Station Cooper Shop Deceased Veterans Memorial DeNonville's Army Ambushed Deohako Dyagodiyu East Bloomfield Academy East Bloomfield to the Memory of her Sons Ezra Wilmarth Farmington Quaker Crossroads Historic District Fay & Bowen Engine Company First Church First Congregational Church First Town Hall Fisher Homestead Fishers Fishers Former Railbed Friends Meeting House Frost Town Gahayanduk Gahayanduk Gahayanduk Fort Hill Gandougarae Gandougarae Gannagaro Gannagaro Gannagaro Gannondata Gannongarae Ganondagan Gano'so:d Gayanessha'gowa Geneva Hotel Gorham Mill Granger Homestead Graves Grimes Glen Hanuwane Hathaway Home Haudenosaunee Haudenosaunee Family Herendeen Home Herendeen Homestead Historic Canandaigua Public Square Holloway's Inn Home of Sgt. Amos Woodin In Honor of All Veterans In Memory Japanese Garden Japanese Garden & Tea House Jikonhsaseh Jikonhsaseh Korean War and Cold War Memorial Lapham Home Lochland Log House Manchester Veterans Memorial Marcus Whitman Mead Square Medical College Memorial - Canesque, Chief of the Senecas Moonlight Garden Naples Naples Naples c1859 - Powered by Grimes Creek New York Central Station at Main Street Fishers Nundawahonoga Old Red Mill Old Reed Homestead Old Stone Shop Old-Fashioned Garden Onenodaji:h Onondowahgah Pabos Palisades Pansey Garden Park Place Pathmark Geneva Pathmark Geneva Pathmark Geneva Pathmark Geneva Pathmark Geneva Patriot Burials Peirce Pavillion 2 Phelps Historic District Phelps Methodist Episcopal Church Phelps World War Memorial Pioneer Cemetery Pioneer Home Pitts Mansion Pulteney Land Office Pumphouse Pumpkin Hook Rochester Area Rock Garden Routes of the Armies of General John Sullivan and General James Clinton 1779 Routes of the armies of General John Sullivan and General James Clinton, Sampson Naval Training Station Veterans Seneca Indians Seneca Trail Seneca Women as Horticulturalists Site of Home and Laboratory of Fred M. Locke Smith Farm Smith's Mill Smith's Opera House Soldiers • Sailors Memorial Library Sonnenberg Gardens Spring Squaw Island The Clearing The Frame Home The Last General Council of the United States The Peacock House/Aviary The Seneca Indian Village of Gandougarae The Steamer "Seneca" The War on Corn This Memorial Threshing Barn Totiakton Town Hall Site Town of Bloomfield Unionville Valentown Site Victor Centennial, 1913 Vietnam War Memorial War Memorial Washington Street Wenishadenyoh Wilder Cemetery Women's Rights Woodville World War I Memorial World War II Memorial
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Ontario County, located in the western region of the state of New York, has a rich and diverse history. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Seneca, Cayuga, and Onondaga. European settlement began in the late 18th century when pioneers, mainly from New England, started to establish farms and communities in the area.

In 1789, Ontario County was officially founded, named after Lake Ontario which borders its northern edge. The county's first seat was located in Canandaigua, a thriving town that quickly became a center of trade and commerce in the region. During the early 19th century, Canandaigua gained prominence as the county seat and attracted many influential figures, including political leaders and social reformers.

The region played a significant role in the women's suffrage movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Susan B. Anthony, a prominent suffragist, resided in Ontario County for several years and organized influential suffrage conventions in the area. Canandaigua was also home to the Ontario County Courthouse, where the famous trial of Susan B. Anthony took place in 1873, resulting in her conviction for voting illegally.

Ontario County has experienced growth and development throughout the 20th century and into the present day. The area's diverse economy includes agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, and tourism. Today, the county is known for its picturesque landscapes, historical sites, and attractions such as the Finger Lakes wine region, making it a popular destination for visitors and residents alike.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Ontario County, New York.

  • 1789 - Ontario County is established as one of the original counties in New York State.
  • 1790 - The first permanent settlement is established in Canandaigua, the current county seat.
  • 1794 - Ontario County Courthouse is built in Canandaigua.
  • 1802 - Rochester becomes part of Ontario County.
  • 1821 - Monroe County is created, separating from Ontario County.
  • 1823 - Yates County is created, further reducing the size of Ontario County.
  • 1840s - The railroad arrives in Ontario County, stimulating economic growth.
  • 1874 - Ontario County Courthouse burns down and is later rebuilt.
  • 1900s - Ontario County becomes known for its agricultural production, particularly grape growing and winemaking.