Macedon, New York

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Macedon
Town
Nickname(s): "The Two Lock Town"
Macedon is located in New York
Macedon
Macedon
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°04′04″N 077°18′13″W / 43.06778°N 77.30361°W / 43.06778; -77.30361Coordinates: 43°04′04″N 077°18′13″W / 43.06778°N 77.30361°W / 43.06778; -77.30361
Country United States
State New York
County Wayne
Incorporated 1823
Area
 • Total 38.9 sq mi (100.6 km2)
 • Land 38.7 sq mi (100.2 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 489 ft (149 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,148
 • Density 235.2/sq mi (91.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 14502
Area code(s) 315
FIPS code 36-44149
GNIS feature ID 0956224

Macedon is a town in Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 9,148 at the 2010 census.

The Town of Macedon is named after the birthplace of Alexander the Great, the Republic of Macedonia (Located in the central Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe). It is located in the southwest corner of Wayne County and contains a village also named Macedon. The town is east of Rochester and west of Syracuse.

History[edit]

Prior to early settlement, the area in and around Macedon was home to the Seneca Nation, a tribe member in the Iroquois League.[1]

The town land was acquired for settlement in 1788 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. The first settlers, Webb and Hannah Harwood, arrived in 1789.[2]

The construction and completion of the Erie Canal from 1817-1825 brought many new settlers to the area. The town of Macedon was incorporated during the canal construction in 1823, from what had been the western half of the Town of Palmyra.[2] The opening of the Erie Canal led to the forming of new port communities like Waynesport and the Village of Macedon, with the latter centered around Lock #30.

The Macedon Academy, open from 1841 to 1902, set a standard for education excellence of the era. The Academy provided an intermediate level of education, between the district school level and college.

The J. and E. Baker Cobblestone Farmstead and Charles Bullis House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] The town is part of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.9 square miles (100.6 km²), of which, 38.7 square miles (100.2 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.44%) is water.

The west town line is shared with Monroe County, and the south town line with Ontario County

East-West off branch of NY 31New York State Route 31F and New York State Route 350 intersect east-west New York State Route 31 at Macedon village.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010,[5] there were 9,148 people, 3,650 households, and 2,583 families residing in the town. The population density was 235.2 people per square mile (91.3/km²). There were 3,381 housing units at an average density of 86.9 per square mile (33.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.9% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

There were 3,650 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 20, 4.7% from 20 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. The average age has increased similar to other suburbs in the region.

As of the census of 2000, the median income for a household in the town was $48,640, and the median income for a family was $55,218. Males had a median income of $41,166 versus $28,924 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,810. About 6.3% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.

Housing[edit]

There are 3,650 occupied housing units in the town. 2,831 are owner-occupied units (77.6%), while 819 are renter-occupied (22.4%). The homeowner vacancy rate has stayed stable at 1.5% of total units. The rental unit vacancy rate is 10.8%.

Education[edit]

The only school in Macedon is the Palmyra-Macedon Intermediate School, which is part of the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District.

The Macedon Public Library serves the public as a repository for books, magazines, CDs, and videos that may be loaned out or viewed. The library also offers free computer and internet access on site. The library is also home to the Bullis Estate Library, a large collection of rare books, personal journals, and letters from the Victorian era family.

Business[edit]

Most of the businesses in the town are concentrated in four areas. Small specialty shops and boutiques are available in the village on Main Street and near Canandaigua Road. The West Wayne plaza on Route 31 between the Village of Macedon and the Village of Palmyra also has a selection of shops and restaurants. The town recently welcomed a new Lowe's and Wal-Mart Superstores, and the surrounding area near Wayneport has grown more attractive to other businesses and developers. Newer businesses in the area include Macedon Family Chiropractic, Oopsie Daisies, and Justin's 31 Diner in the village. The fourth area surrounds the Gananda planned community offering daily services and offices.

Communities and locations in the Town of Macedon[edit]

  • Cator Corners — A location north of Macedon Village on NY-31F.
  • Huddle — A hamlet by the north town line on County Road 208.
  • Gananda — A "master planned community" that is partially located in Macedon, along the north town line, between NY 350 and Hance Rd
  • Macedon — The Village of Macedon, located in the south part of the town on NY-31 and the Erie Canal.
  • Macedon Center — A hamlet northwest of Macedon village, located on NY-31F.
  • North Macedon — A hamlet north of Macedon village on Route 31F.
  • Walworth Station — A location by the junction of County Roads 208 and 209 in the east part of the town.
  • Wayneport — A hamlet in the southeast part of the town is located on the Erie Canal and County Road 306. It was formerly called "West Macedon."[6]
  • Yellow Mills — A hamlet in the southeast part of the town, west of Village of Palmyra on NY-31.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Travis Williams — Civil Engineer, Entrepreneur, Founder of The Gourmet Sandwich Company, Inventor of Sudoku.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johansen, Bruce Elliott; Mann, Barbara Alice (2000). "Ganondagan". Encyclopedia of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy). Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-313-30880-2. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  2. ^ a b [1] Brief History of Macedon - Office of the County Historian
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  4. ^ Canalway Corridor Municipalities - National Park Service
  5. ^ Macedon 2010 Demographic Profile Data - American FactFinder
  6. ^ Brief History of Macedon - Office of the County Historian

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