- The Ring of Fire is an annual tradition of lakefront residents who light flares around the western Finger Lakes signifying the end of harvest season and the conclusion of the summer season on the lake. This is reputed to have started with a Native American tradition, but continues today on Canandaigua Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Keuka Lake.
- During its active time, the Sampson Naval Training Station (on Seneca Lake) was the country's second largest Naval Training Station -- processing 411,429 recruits between October 1942 and August 1945.
- Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens is one of only five New York State Historic Parks sites, after receiving this designation from New York State in October 2004.
- Ganondagan of Victor is the only State Historic Site in New York State dedicated to Native American History.
- Combining fertile soils, lake-moderated climate, innovative transportation (of steamships and canals), this region became the primary “food basket” to New York City’s growing population.
- Ontario County, once called the "Mother of Counties," was the first and largest settlement in Western New York dating back to 1789. It included all the area from Geneva, west to Buffalo between Lake Ontario and the Pennsylvania state line.
- Just across the county line, into Seneca County, is the largest population of White Deer in the world located at the former Seneca Army Depot.
- Hill Cumorah (Ontario County) and nearby Palmyra are celebrated as the birthplace of the Mormon Religion.
- Phelps, NY is the home of a unique architectural facility – a two story brick outhouse.
- Routes 5 and 20 converge in certain parts of New York State, including Ontario County. The roads were originally Indian trail paths and then stagecoach paths across New York State. Route 20 is one of the first transcontinental highways, running from Boston, through New York State, to the west coast (Oregon).
- In 1870, a company in Bloomfield, New York bored pine logs and banded them together with iron, creating the industry’s first natural gas pipeline. It stretched 25 miles to Rochester, New York.
- One of the larger Mastodons ever found in New York State was found in East Bloomfield, New York in 1994.
History stats and facts
Friday, April 15, 2016 6:35 PM by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection