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‚ÄčHISTORIC PULTNEYVILLE

A PICTURESQUE “DAYCATION” DESTINATION

STEEPED IN HISTORY DATING BACK TO 1806, HISTORIC PULTNEYVILLE CONTINUES TO BE A DESTINATION FOR VISITORS WHO TRAVEL FROM BOTH NEAR AND FAR.  SITUATED ALONG THE SCENIC 454 MILE SEAWAY TRAIL ON THE SOUTHERN SHORE OF LAKE ONTARIO, PULTNEYVILLE IS A PICTURESQUE LAKESIDE HAMLET IN THE TOWN OF WILLIAMSON WITH THE QUAINT AMBIANCE REMINISCENT OF A NEW ENGLAND VILLAGE.  NESTLED ALONGSIDE SALMON CREEK WHICH FLOWS INTO LAKE ONTARIO, PULTNEYVILLE WAS ONE OF TWO SITES IN WAYNE COUNTY WHICH SAW ACTION WITH THE BRITISH DURING THE WAR OF 1812.  IT WAS ONCE A BUSTLING SEAPORT WITH STATELY HOMES BELONGING TO WEALTHY SHIPBUILDERS, SAILORS AND MAJESTIC SCHOONER AND STEAMER CAPTAINS, WHOSE NAMES ARE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED ON THE PLAQUE OF THE SAILORS MONUMENT OVERLOOKING THE LAKE.

PULTNEYVILLE IS HOME TO OVER THIRTY ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURES PLACED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES IN 1985 WHICH FEATURE AMERICAN ARCHITECTURAL STYLES, INCLUDING FEDERAL, GREEK REVIVAL, ITALIANATE, AND SECOND EMPIRE.   SEVERAL OF THE STRUCTURES REFLECT THE HAMLET’S EARLY TO MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY PROMINENCE AS A GREAT LAKES COMMERCIAL SHIPPING PORT AND MARKET PLACE FOR THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY.  IN SPITE OF THE DEMISE OF THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY IN THE LATE 1800S DUE TO THE ADVENT OF THE RAILROAD JUST 4 MILES SOUTH, THE MODERNIZATION OF OLDER STRUCTURES TODAY REFLECT PULTNEYVILLE’S INTEREST IN PRESERVATION, CONTINUED PROSPERITY AND PRIDE.  IT CONTINUES TO BE A THRIVING HAMLET AND AN IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY IN ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST RENOWNED FRUIT GROWING REGIONS IN THE COUNTRY.

THIS TINY, BUT CHARMING, HAMLET OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE YEAR ROUND  . . .  FROM ANTIQUES AND REPRODUCTIONS TO A FINE ART GALLERY . . .  FROM PUB, DELI AND DISTINCTIVE WATERSIDE DINING IN CASUAL ELEGANCE TO LAKESIDE PICNICKING AT B. FORMAN PARK TO HIKING, BIKING AND SNOWMOBILING.    ANCHORING THE COMMUNITY ALONG THE LAKESHORE ARE THE PULTNEYVILLE MARINERS CLUB AND PULTNEYVILLE YACHT CLUB, WHICH HAVE RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS WITH SEVERAL OTHER REGIONAL CLUBS.   VISITORS AND RESIDENTS ALIKE ENJOY RECREATIONAL FISHING AND BOATING, LEISURELY STROLLS AND WALKING TOURS AROUND THE HAMLET, EXHIBITS AT THE WILLIAMSON-PULTNEYVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, HIKING ALONG THE WELL-MAINTAINED TRAIL WORKS SYSTEM AND THE CORNWALL NATURE PRESERVE OVERLOOKING LAKE ONTARIO, THE ANNUAL ILLUMINATION AND COMMUNITY CAROLING EVENT IN DECEMBER, PULTNEYVILLE HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES EVERY JULY, A COMMUNITY WIDE GARAGE SALE EVERY SEPTEMBER, THE ANNUAL MOONLIGHT CEMETERY TOUR IN OCTOBER, AND GILBERT AND SULLIVAN PRODUCTIONS AT GATES HALL - THE SECOND OLDEST LITTLE THEATRE IN CONTINUOUS OPERATION IN THE UNITED STATES AS DESIGNATED BY THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

PULTNEYVILLE, WHOSE CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY CONTINUE TO REMAIN INTACT, HAS BEEN FORTUNATE TO SEE FEW CHANGES IN THE PAST 100 YEARS. THROUGHOUT ITS PAST IT HAS, HOWEVER, SEEN A COLORFUL CAST OF CHARACTERS, INCLUDING A LONG LIST OF RENOWNED JUDGES, LAWYERS, DOCTORS, ORATORS AND INVENTORS; OTHERS WHO PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, ASSISTING SLAVES ON THEIR JOURNEY TO FREEDOM; AND  MANY WHO HELPED TO SHAPE THE AGRICULTURAL FUTURE OF THE AREA NOW KNOWN FOR GROWING OVER ONE-THIRD OF THE APPLES PRODUCED IN ALL OF NEW YORK STATE WHICH IS KNOWN FOR THE BEST GROWING CONDITIONS AND BEST TASTING APPLES IN THE COUNTRY.

IN 2018, THE AREA LANDSCAPE IS DOTTED WITH HISTORIC LANDMARKS, BED AND BREAKFAST ESTABLISHMENTS, EATERIES, ACRES UPON ACRES OF ORCHARDS, FARM MARKETS BRIMMING WITH LOCALLY PRODUCED FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, A NEARBY DISTILLERY, A CRAFT CIDERY, AND WINERIES SITUATED ALONG THE WELL-TRAVELED LAKE ONTARIO WINE TRAIL.

JUST 25 MINUTES EAST OF ROCHESTER, PULTNEYVILLE IS A POPULAR AND PICTURESQUE UPSTATE NEW YORK “DAYCATION” DESTINATION WHERE FRIENDLY FOLKS DELIGHT IN WELCOMING VISITORS TRAVELING BY BOAT, BICYCLE, MOTORCYCLE, AUTOMOBILE OR AIRPLANES FLYING INTO THE WILLIAMSON-SODUS AIRPORT, A PRIVATELY OWNED, PUBLIC-USE AIRPORT JUST MINUTES FROM PULTNEYVILLE, OR INTO THE GREATER ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, JUST 25 MINUTES TO THE WEST.