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History in Victor

History in Victor

From the earliest days of the 20th century, Victor’s unique geography, access to transportation, and industrious citizens marked it as a place about business. In modern times, three railroads and a trolley car system coursed through the valley that held the village of Victor, located midway on the road from Rochester to Canandaigua, New York. Farm wagons traversed the dirt roads to Victor’s railhead to ship produce.

Today, Victor’s Valentown Museum showcases the early part of the 20th century with period stores, blacksmith shop, and pharmacy as well as a ballroom where many townspeople from surrounding farms met and danced each week.

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Roll the clock back past the late 18th century, the time settlers came to the township, and visit Ganondagan State Park, the only park east of the Mississippi devoted to Native American history. Here you can imagine Victor’s rolling hills as native Seneca and Iroquois nations once found it. Visualize in the grassy fields of the park Indian longhouses, scores of them, at the place called Gannagaro. A peaceful, beautiful place today, these fields around Victor are also the site of one of the great battles in early American history.

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In 1687 a French general, the Marquis de Denonville, led an invading army of over 1,600 men across Lake Ontario and south to Victor, targeting the heartland of the Seneca nation. Denonville defeated a force of 800 Senecas, mostly old men, women, and children, caught as their young men explored the Ohio region.

Even the Senecas were latecomers in a region inhabited as far back as 3500 BC. Whether you are interested in primitive cultures, colonial history, the industrial revolution or the modern transformation of New York State by the automobile, Victor’s rich history will speak to you.

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