- Darien Center
- East Bethany
- East Pembroke
- Le Roy
- South Byron
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Venues in Genesee County, New York (45)
Genesee County is a county located in Western New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 60,079. Its name is from the Seneca Indian word Gen-nis'-hee-yo meaning "The Beautiful Valley." Its county seat is Batavia.Read More
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History of Genesee County
Ancient history of man goes back to the Ice Age 10,000 to 12,000 years ago at the Hiscock Site, in Byron, New York. Together with a mastodon jaw, tusks and teeth, and assorted animal bones, researchers have found a variety of manmade tools, ceramics, metal and leather, indicating long occupation of the site. This site in Genesee County is considered among North America’s most important for archaeological artifacts from the Ice Age. Varying cultures of indigenous peoples lived in the area for thousands of years. Hundreds of years before European exploration, the Iroquoian-speaking Seneca Nation developed in the western part of present-day New York ; it became one of the first Five Nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy).
When counties were established in New York State in 1683, the present Genesee County was part of Albany County. This was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont.
On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. One of the other pieces, Tryon County, contained the western portion (and thus, since no western boundary was specified, theoretically still extended west to the Pacific). The eastern boundary of Tryon County was approximately five miles west of the present city of Schenectady, and the county included the western part of the Adirondack Mountains and the area west of the West Branch of the Delaware River. The area then designated as Tryon County now includes 37 counties of New York State. The county was named for William Tryon, colonial governor of New York.
In the years prior to 1776, most of the Loyalists in Tryon County fled to Canada. In 1784, following the peace treaty that ended the American Revolutionary War, the name of Tryon County was changed to Montgomery County in order to honor the general, Richard Montgomery, who had captured several places in Canada and died attempting to capture the city of Quebec, replacing the name of the hated British governor.
In 1789, Ontario County was split off from Montgomery.
All of the land of present day Genesee County was part of the Holland Land Purchase in 1793 and was sold through the Holland Land Company's office in Batavia, starting in 1801. All of the land in Western New York was in the newly created Genesee County, and all of that was in the single Town of Batavia.
Genesee County was created by a partition of 7,100 square miles (18,000 km) of land from Ontario County. The County wasn’t fully organized so it remained under the supervision of Ontario County until it achieved full organization and separation during March 1803.
On April 7, 1806, Genesee’s area was reduced to 5,550 square miles (14,400 km) due to a partition that created Allegany County.
On March 8, 1808, Genesee’s area was again reduced, this time to 1,650 square miles (4,300 km) due to a partition that created Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Niagara Counties.
On February 23, 1821, Genesee’s area was again reduced, this time to 1,450 square miles (3,800 km) due a complex partition that produced Livingston. and Monroe Counties.
On April 15, 1825, another partition reduced Genesee’s area to 1,030 square miles (2,700 km) in the creation of Orleans County.
On May 1, 1826, the Orleans partition was again surveyed, with 10 square miles (26 km) of land along the western half of the Orleans/Genesee border returned to Genesee.
On March 19, 1841, Genesee’s area was again reduced, this time to the 500 square miles (1,300 km) it remains to this day due to the partitioning to create Wyoming County.
In 2009, the City and Town of Batavia began exploring ways to merge or consolidate governmental systems.Read More
How to have a great event in Genesee County
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