• Geneva is known as the "Lake Trout Capital of the World." 
  • Humphrey Bogart used to spend his summer vacations on Canandaigua Lake. 
  • Susan B. Anthony was tried for treason in the Ontario County Courthouse (Canandaigua). The women's rights leader was fined $100 for voting in the 1872 Presidential Election. She refused to pay the fine. 
  • There are ten public golf courses in Ontario County. Bristol Harbour is a Robert Trent Jones course, and Ravenwood (Victor) was selected as the 5th best new public golf course in America in 2004.
  • Myron Clark (of Naples) became the first Republican governor of the State of New York. He was the father of Mary Clark Thompson, founder of Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua.
  • Over 1200 horses are stabled at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack during the thoroughbred racing season.
  • Gideon Granger of Canandaigua was the third U.S. Postmaster General of the United States. He served under Presidents Jefferson and Madison.  His home is open today as Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum.
  • Geneva On The Lake, located in Geneva on Seneca Lake, is a four diamond historic European style hotel. From 1949 to 1974 it served as a Capuchian monastery. 
  • Hobart College (Geneva) has a storied tradition in the sport of Lacrosse. Its men's Lacrosse team won a record 13 NCAA Division III championships, before moving up to the Division I-A level in 1994. 
  • The Lady Bug is the official New York State insect, the Bluebird the official state bird, the Rose is the official flower. The NYS Bluebird trail runs along Routes 5 and 20 and the Mary Frances Bluebird Haven is on County Road 9 in Victor.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the United States to be awarded a medical degree. She received it from Geneva Medical College, located on what is now the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
  • Wizard of Clay’s Bristoleaf® line, pottery designed with impressions from real indigenous leaves, is made and sold in one place in the world, on Route 20A in Bristol. Also, the potters at Wizard of Clay are unique among only 200 potters in the world producing a line of crystalline glazed porcelain.
  • The average annual snowfall in Ontario County is 99 inches. 
  • The last surviving combat veteran of the Civil War was James A. Hard (of Victor). Mr. Hard died in 1953 at the age of 111. 
  • Bristol Mountain (Canandaigua) has the largest vertical ski drop (1200') of any winter resort between the Adirondacks and Rocky Mountain Ranges. 
  • The Smith Opera House, a turn of the century theatre, has been the site for many famous performances, and noted by Itzhak Perlman as one of the finest acoustical theatres in the United States. 
  • Clifton Springs Water Cure is the original name of the facility that was promoted for its healing waters. Today, the sulphur springs are a noticeable part of any visit – and are being revived and used in a healing spa, The Springs at Clifton.
  • In order to meet the shortage of farm hands during World War II, over four thousand German and Italian prisoners of war were allocated to the New York State Agriculture Department - many of these prisoners were sent to farm the fields of Geneva and surrounding areas. They manned local processing plants and harvested grapes, carrots and cabbage. 
  • Ontario County is home to a unique phenomenon of nature - a Burning Spring. The spontaneous water-turned-fireball eruptions are actually a result of pent-up natural gases that escape into the air. 
  • Over one hundred and fifty artists live in Naples and the Bristol Hills, drawing inspiration for everything from entrepreneurial food artists to traditional painters, glass blowers, sculptors, wine makers and more!
  • In the 1800’s, Clifton Springs became a magnet for men and women seeking a healthier life. Visitors were drawn by the natural sulphur springs - which were thought to have curative powers through drinking and bathing. The baths closed in 1956, but are being reopened today for integrated health and wellness treatments
  • Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech from the platform of his railroad car at the Victor station in 1898. Robert Kennedy was in Naples and enjoyed the festival when he was Attorney General of the United States.
  • Frost Hill in Naples is the highest point in Ontario County. It has an elevation of 2280 feet.
  • Bloomfield (1789) is older than Rochester (formed in 1817 as Rochesterville). 
  • Nathaniel Rochester, founder of the city which bears his name, once lived in Bloomfield, as did Abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
  • The crossroads of Bloomfield’s Main Street and today’s Route 444 were first built around factories and a 19th-century rail head.
  • Ontario County has several AAA four diamond properties.