Introduction to Newark, New York
Settlement in the area dates back to the 1790s, but the community of Newark was not founded until 1819. Development is credited to the "digging of a ditch" which ultimately became the Erie Canal. Governor DeWitt Clinton decided to construct this ditch, which was deemed a "crazy idea". The settlement was originally known as "Miller's Basin" in honor of Captain Joseph Miller who constructed part of the Erie Canal. In 1853, Newark was officially incorporated, and it included the neighboring village of Lockville. The arrival of the New York Central railroad, boosted local industry. In 1864, the C.W. Stuart Nursery was established, followed by the Jackson & Perkins Company in 1872. These nurseries were famous for their roses, and gradually Newark became the industrial center of the Town of Arcadia.
Newark and Nearby Attractions
- Arcadia Historical Museum
- Ganondagan State Historic Site
- Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
- Canandaigua Lake State Marine Park
- Seneca Park Zoo
Things To Do In Newark
Newark is home to the Hoffman Clock Museum, and the Arcadia Historical Museum. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, situated upon more than 7,000 acres, features a 2-mile walking trail, observation towers, and a visitor center. This refuge offers opportunities to see wildlife such as great blue herons, Canada geese, shorebirds, warblers, Bald eagles, fox, and ducks. Rochester Public Market, which has been in operation since the early 20th century, provides a varied cultural experience. Newark also offers easy access to several historic sites like the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, the Ganondagan State Historic Site, and the Belhurst Castle. In addition, the community hosts the Rose Parade in July every year.
Air transportation is available from the Greater Rochester International Airport.
Newark Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Finger Lakes Community College, New York Chiropractic College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.