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Town Of Farmington

Farmington was established in 1788 and was named after Oliver Phelps hometown in Connecticut.  The land stretched north to Sodus Bay, east to the Preemption line, west to the Genesee River and south about 60 miles north of the Pennsylvania border.  The first sale of land made from the Phelps and Gorham tract was to American Revolution veterans, patriots of the War and members of the Society of Friends (Quaker) faith. Most were from the Berkshire county in Massachusetts.  Township No.11, range 3, of the great tract, is today's Farmington. 

Their purchase embraced  land in parts of southern Wayne county (Macedon Center and Palmyra) and the area of Bert, Township 12, range 2 (later known as the Town of Manchester).   The first town meeting was held in 1797 at Nathan Aldrich's home.  From 1800 to 1821, the two government bodies  from range 2 and 3 met in a tavern located on State Street in Manchester.  Until incorporation, the two towns worked together  to lay out the school and road infrastructures for not only their own towns but those roads leading into Phelpstown, Palmyra and Macedon Center.   Beginning in 1821,  townships  officially incorporated and town borders were set off. 

During the time that  early settlers were formulating official townships and its government, the Society of Friends (Quakers within the northwest quadrant of range 3) and the early Baptists pioneers  established churches of their own faith. Both churches hold services today.   When the two townships incorporated, the Quaker church became the single most influential diety to Farmington's historical image.    


Office Hours Tuesday 10 am - 2 pm, other days by appointment only

Donna Hill-Herendeen

(Email:  Facebook: Farmington Town Historian

Links to recordings of the 2023 Lecture Series are located on the Historic Preservation Commission's page!

Available Information

We are adding to archival information continually.  Available to researchers and the public includes the following:

  • Cemetery inventories for  North Farmington, South Farmington, Hathaway, New Salem and Power
  • Military records beginning with the Revolutionary War
  • Cobblestone buildings: histories and photos 
  • Maps
  • Farmington history (several authors) 
  • Personal papers of the families: Allen, Lapham, Gardner, Hathaway, Herendeen, Comstock, Power, Padgham, Payne, Aldrich, Bowe, Allen  and so many more......
  • Genealogical files
  • Oral Interviews 
  • Churches
  • The Quaker influence
  • Books (old and new)
  • Photo Albums
  • Artifacts (Quaker bonnets, bottles, journals and more!)
  • Scrapbooks, letters and documents

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