Naples, New York
|Town Supervisor||Frank G. Duserick (D, R)|
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The Town of Naples contains a village, also called Naples. The town is in the southwest corner of Ontario County.
History and other information
Naples was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.
The town was established in 1779 along with Ontario County, and settlement began the following year. The town, known at one time as "Watkinstown" (after Captain Nathan Watkins, a Revolutionary War veteran and early settler) and "Middletown," was finally given the name "Naples" in 1782. Naples was not quickly settled due to its hilly terrain. Part of the new town was used to form the Town of Italy in 1815, and another part was used to form part of the Town of Springwater in 1816.
Grapes, first planted in the 1760s, led to the modern grape and wine industry of the town and also led to the annual grape festival which began in 1861, one of which was broadcast on the World Food Network.
The Widmer's Winery produces Manischewitz wine.
Naples Academy was founded in 1860. The main building of the current Academy was built during the New Deal program during the Great Depression by one of the public works programs set out by FDR. The school district currently serves grades Pre-K through 12, with grades Pre-K through 6 being in the Elementary School and grades 7 through 12 in the Jr/Sr High School across the street.
Notable past residents
- Myron Holley Clark, New York governor and Prohibitionist.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.5 square miles (102.3 km²), all of it land.
The very hilly land, once thought to be nearly worthless, was sold to the original settlers for twelve cents an acre.
The town of Naples holds quite a distinction. Since the town is located just inside a 75-mile (121 km) radius of Syracuse, New York, if the Buffalo Bills do not sell out an NFL game and it gets blacked out, the game is not shown in Naples because the town is within 75 miles (121 km) of both Orchard Park and Syracuse, which is the secondary market for the Bills. If a game does not sell out, it cannot be shown in the home city region as well as any secondary regions as long as that region's television signal goes within 75 miles (121 km) of the home team's stadium.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,441 people, 986 households, and 674 families residing in the town. The population density was 61.8 people per square mile (23.9/km²). There were 1,112 housing units at an average density of 28.2 per square mile (10.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.91% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.
There were 986 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $36,813, and the median income for a family was $42,566. Males had a median income of $34,508 versus $23,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,944. About 8.9% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.9% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in the Town of Naples
- Garlinghouse – A hamlet in the west part of the town.
- High Tor Wildlife Management Area – A conservation area partly in the east of Naples.
- Hunt Hollow – A hamlet in the northwest corner of the town on County Road 36.
- Naples – The Village of Naples, on NY-21.
- Semans Corners – A hamlet in the northeast corner of the town, west of Woodville.
- Woodville – A hamlet at the northeast corner of the town at the foot of Canandaigua lake on NY-21.
- Read all about ... pie, and more September 24, 2009 Daily Messenger /MPNnow.com
- "Consider the grape pie, whose unique flavor inspires thousands to take the spectacular drive to Naples each autumn for a bite — and more. In fact, we’d bet more people these days think of grape pies than they do Widmer wines when contemplating Naples." In Naples. the grape will still reign supreme September 29, 2009 Daily Messenger
- The Great Grape Pie Escapade September 14, 1988 Washington Post
- Craig Goldwyn Pie is Naples' purple passion Oct 23, 1978 Chicago Tribune page E3
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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