HONEOYE FALLS is a village in the town of MENDON in MONROE COUNTY NEW YORK.
The village derived its name from the small waterfall which flows through the village on HONEOYE CREEK.
Motto: ‘Come for the charm, stay for the experience’
Wikipedia informs me: The name Honeoye means lying finger or where the finger lies
it comes from the Seneca Indian word ha-ne-a-ya.
The name comes from the local story of a Native American whose finger was bitten by a rattlesnake and who therefore cut off his finger with a tomahawk.
Now I ask, Are rattlesnakes prevalent in Upstate NY?
So, I consulted google and the answer is: Yes, we do have rattlesnakes in the Rochester region.
The article quotes: “Rochester region is along the northern edge of where Timber rattlesnakes are known to live, and they’re typically active from mid-May to October, according to the State Dept Environmental Conservation fact sheet.”
FACTS: Honeoye Falls
#1-Located a 25-minute commute from Rochester, NY
#2-Jim Cheney states: “The portion of Honeoye Falls where the waterfall is located was the first area settled in the village.” In his March 8, 2022 article: How to Get to Honeoye Falls in Monroe County, NY
#3-The village was founded in 1791 by Zebulon Norton when he purchased 1,820 acres of land for the price of 12½ cents per acre. He built a grist mill and later a sawmill at a waterfall on Honeoye Creek.
#4-In 1827, Hiram Finch built a second mill, which would come to be called the Lower Mill.
Note: On May 17, 1973, the Lower Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
#5-The Honeoye Falls Historic District, St, John’s Episcopal Church, Totiakton Site, and US Post Office are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
#6-The village is in the most southeastern corner of Monroe County, 13 miles outside of the City of Rochester.
#7-The village has a total area of 2.6 square miles.
#8-The school mascot is the Cougar.
EVENTS: Honeoye Falls
#1-Good Vibes Flowing
Tuesday Evening Summer Concert Series
Location: Harry Allen Park Village
#2-Festival on the Green and 5kRun and Walk
popular music and art event for local talent.
No Dates Available
#3-Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School’s Fall Weekend in Honeoye Falls
No Dates Available
#1-Mendon Fireman’s Carnival
June 1-3 2023
#2-Mendon Foundation’s Black Diamond Trail Races
August 28, 2022 Half Marathon starts 8:00am| 5K starts 8:20am
Location: Lehigh Valley Trail
More Details: https://www.blackdiamondexpressraces.org
PARKS: Honeoye Falls
#1-Harry Allen Park N. Main St (in the heart of the village)
#2-Mendon Ponds Park 95 Douglas Rd
#3-Monroe Street Park Monroe Street (on the western edge of the village)
#4-Rotary Park 214 N. Main St (just north of the cemetery)
#5-Village “Vest Pocket Park” W. Main St (directly across from the Norton St.)
Note: Home of the famous Honeoye Falls Totem Pole
#1-Driesbach Fields Semmel Road (.87 miles east of Quaker Meeting House Road)
#2-Great Bend Park State Route 65/Clover St (.43 miles south of Stoney Lonesome Rd)
#3-Lehigh Valley Trail (Chamberlain Road| Quaker Meeting House Road| Clover Road)
#3-Mendon Center Park State Route 251/Rush Mendon Rd (.1mi east of Mendon Center Rd)
#4-Semmel Road Park Semmel Road (.37 miles east of Quaker Meeting House Road)