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Honeoye Falls, New York

Honeoye Falls
Small waterfall on Honeoye Creek
Country United States
State New York
County Monroe
Township Mendon
Elevation 668 ft (203.6 m)
Area 2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
 - land 2.6 sq mi (7 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 2,674 (2010)
Incorporated 1791
Mayor Richard B. Milne (2007)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14472
Area code 585
FIPS code 36-35364
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York.
Location of New York in the United States

Honeoye Falls is a village in Monroe County, New York, United States. The population was 2,674 at the 2010 census. The village includes a small waterfall on Honeoye Creek, which flows through the village and gives it its name. Honeoye (pronounced ‘hʌ.ni.,ɔɪ or HONEY-oy)[1] is a Seneca word translated as "a lying finger," or "where the finger lies."[2][3]

The Village of Honeoye Falls is within the Town of Mendon.

Honeoye Falls is currently in the process of developing a "Borgne, Haiti.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
  • Education 5
  • Notable natives 6
  • Events 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The Village was founded in 1791 by Zebulon Norton when he purchased 1,820 acres (7.4 km2) of land for the price of 12½ cents per acre. He built a grist mill and later a saw mill, at a waterfall on Honeoye Creek. The area was originally known as Norton Mills. In 1827, Hiram Finch built a second mill, which would come to be called the Lower Mill to differentiate it from the earlier mill. On May 17, 1973, the Lower Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4] The Corby Farm Complex near Honeoye Falls in Livingston County was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[4]

Village presidents and mayors
Name Title Term Name Title Term
Harry Allen President 1838
James Heath President 1918–1923
Henry Lockwood President 1839 James S. Brown President 1924–1925
Edward Downs President 1840 F.F. Jobes President 1926
Stephen Barrett President 1841–1842 William Despard Mayor 1927
Richard Ostrander President 1845–1864 Basil Moore Mayor 1953–1963
C.R. Hyde President 1867 Bernard Drowne Mayor 1963–1968
William Burberry President 1868 Squire Kingston Mayor 1969–1971
J.F. Kellogg President 1870–1872
William E. Clark Mayor 1972–1973
W.G. Starr President 1873 William Mantegna Mayor 1973–1981
Milo Case President 1884 Mary Louise Meisenzahl Mayor 1981–1990
W.R. Yorks President 1887
Anne R. Morton Mayor 1991 – October 2000
Seymour Pierce President 1888
Stephen R. Gustin Mayor October 2000 – 2005
H.A. Tripp President 1889 Richard B. Milne Mayor 2005 – present
J.W. Flick President 1890
John Martin President 1894
William Lay President 1897
Martin Pierce President 1899–1900
A.H. Holden President 1906
Levi Hill President 1907–1914
C.S. Lange President 1915–1917

Honeoye Falls experienced an epidemic of scarlet fever in April 1893.[5]


The village is located on the falls of Honeoye Creek. It is the primary outlet of Honeoye Lake.

Honeoye Falls is located at (42.956331, −77.587353).[6] The village is in the most southeastern corner of Monroe County, about 13 miles outside of the City of Rochester.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2).


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 2,595 people, 1,114 households, and 672 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,000.3 inhabitants per square mile (386.8/km²). There were 1,156 housing units with an average density of 445.6 per square mile (172.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.15% White, 1.00% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Out of 1,114 households, 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $47,413 and the median income for a family was $66,818. Males had a median income of $46,136 versus $35,299 for females. The per capita income for the village was $27,987. 2.5% of the population and 0.6% of families were below the poverty line. 2.3% of those under the age of 18 and 4.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Quick summary:

  • Males (44.5%), Females (55.5%)
  • White (96.5%), Hispanic (1%), Black (1%), Two or more races (.7%)
  • Median resident age – 41.2 years old
  • Median household income in 2000 – $47,413
  • Median house value in 2000 – $123,500


Honeoye Falls village hall

The village is governed by a board consisting of a mayor and four trustees, all elected by registered village voters.

The Board of Trustees are: Mayor Richard B. Milne, Trustee James Alfieri, Trustee Shari Stottler, Trustee and Deputy Mayor Gerard Pavelsky, and Trustee Stanley E. Worboys Jr. Mayor Milne's current term expires in April 2017.[10]

Justice Sheldon Boyce presides over the Village Court.[11]


Public schools in Honeoye Falls are part of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District. Schools within the village include Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School, Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School, and Manor Intermediate School. The Lima Primary School is in the district but located in Town of Lima. The School mascot is the Cougar.

93.2% of the population 25 years and older hold a high school diploma or higher, 43.5% a bachelor's degree or higher, and 16.4% a graduate/professional degree.

Notable natives

  • Marty Reasoner – Professional hockey player
  • Charles A. Goheen, Medal of Honor recipient for the American Civil War, was buried in Honeoye Falls.
  • Truddi Chase – Author of "When Rabbit Howls". Childhood sexual abuse survivor


  • Festival on the Green – Popular music and art event for local talent
  • Autumn Festival of Ales – Custom Brewcrafters annual tasting of beers they produce


  1. ^ Honeoye Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, accessed March 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Early History of the Town of Richmond,, accessed March 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 160. 
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  5. ^ State and Vicinity. April 23, 1891. The Holley (NY) Standard. 1.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^
  11. ^

External links

  • Village of Honeoye Falls, NY webpage
  • Lehigh Valley railroad Station, Honeoye Falls, NY.
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