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History[ edit ] Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the land Wayne County encompasses was originally part of the Iroquois Confederacy, which had existed from around August 31, Inafter numerous acts of subdividing, Seneca County was formed by the splitting of Cayuga County, which, in turn, was reduced in size by combining portions of Seneca and the remainder of Cayuga County to form Tompkins County in This highway left the future Wayne County region somewhat isolated and settlers desiring to locate there came by way of streams and lakes lying to the north of the road.
It was only a few years after that the "new road" came west, passing through the county, opening up the fertile Ganargua lands to easier settlement.
In May of that year a small colony made up of the Stansell and Featherly families located at the junction of Ganargwa and the Canandaigua Outlet, calling the place Lyons, from a "fancied likeness of that city's location on the Rhone". After Pulteney's death in the land was known as the Pulteney Estate.
InWilliamson, a Scotsman, came to the unsettled wilderness in upstate New York to develop the land by building roads, selecting sites for towns, dividing land into lots, and building gristmills, taverns, stores and houses.
In he had roads built from Palmyra to Phelpstown present-day Phelps. Sodus quickly passed from having an uncertain future to the head of the towns of the region. Yeo's fleet had already successfully raided Oswego to the east and unsuccessfully attacked Rochester to the west before attempting to obtain stores from Pultneyville.
An agreement with the hamlet's residents was made, permitting the invaders to seize supplies without resistance. A dispute broke out, however, and weapons fire began on both sides, including cannon bombardment from Lake Ontario. A few citizens were killed or wounded and two were taken prisoner as the British fled.
From about through the s when the customs office closedshipping in this small hamlet extended to the Atlantic Ocean and the world via the Saint Lawrence River. During the early years of the 19th century, activity in Pultneyville focused on agricultural commerce from the surrounding region as far south as Canandaigua and the maritime trade on the Great Lakes.
Init was home to nearly 30 lake captains, and many sailors from both Pultneyville and Sodus Bay crewed on whalers around the world.
Wayne County and the Second Great Awakening[ edit ] Kate and Margaret Fox Wayne County played host to key events in the development of significant American religions during the country's Second Great Awakening period of the early 19th century.
The Fox Sisters heard rappings from a dead peddler in Hydesville and spawned a movement that eventually garnered a million followers at its peak.
The site provided convenient access to travel by water on the Great Lakes Ontario and Erie, for visits to Shakers who lived in Ohio. This site might also have been useful for abolitionists moving former slaves to freedom in Canada via the Underground Railroad. With 72 converts during their first year, they soon had acres under cultivation.
Bythe community had grown to almost The Shakers responded by selling their land and 23 buildings to the canal company and moving inland to the 1, acres they purchased at Grovelandin Livingston County, New York.
However, the canal was never built; two years later, the Shakers were asked to take their property back, but, having reestablished their village elsewhere, and knowing that the land could later be taken for the same purpose, they refused.
Founder Joseph Smithwhose family lived on a farm that straddled the line between Palmyra and Manchesterclaimed to have been visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ inan event known as the First Vision.
In the Book of Mormon was first published in the village of Palmyra by E. Spiritualism and the Fox sisters[ edit ] Spiritualists often set March 31, as the beginning of their movement.
On that date, Kate and Margaret Foxof Hydesvillereported that they had made contact with the spirit of a murdered peddler. What made this an extraordinary event was that the spirit communicated through audible rapping noises, rather than simply appearing to a person in a trance.
The evidence of the senses appealed to practical Americans, and the Fox sisters became a sensation. Demonstrations of mediumship seances and automatic writingfor example proved to be a profitable business, and soon became popular forms of entertainment and spiritual catharsis.
The Foxes earned a living this way, as did many others. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the th took the second highest casualties as a regiment of the entire battle. Throughout the war, the regiment took a total of casualties, of which were Killed in actionwere Wounded in action of whom recovered to some extentand Missing in action.
Erie Canal[ edit ] The Erie Canal transits the southern edge of the county. The villages of Clyde, Lyons, Newark, and Palmyra all became homes to canal locks when the Albany to Rochester section of the canal opened on September 10, On that day these communities became part of a direct water-link between the eastern seaboard metropolises of New York City and Baltimore and America's expanding western frontier.
Hoffman essays[ edit ] Wayne County high school seniors are offered the opportunity to win a scholarship by The Augustus L. Hoffman Foundation Scholarship Essay Program. Established in to encourage the study of local history, students research and write essays on some aspect of Wayne County history or civic affairs.
Between its inception and over essays have been submitted.
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