Genesee Country, composed of Allegany, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Monroe and Ontario Counties near the Genesee River in western New York, is rich in local history with national importance. The Seneca and Algonkin nations once called this lush land home, and after the American Revolution, settlers came in hordes to till the soil and raise families. The region later became a hotbed of activity for abolitionists, early supporters of women's rights and religious movements that influenced the entire United States. In this book, author and local historian Rose O'Keefe chronicles the sites where these and other important events took place. Join her on a tour of Genesee Country's legacies.
About the Author
Rose O'Keefe grew up in the suburbs of New York City, except for four years spent with her family outside Paris, France. After graduating from SUNY, Postdam, Rose moved to Rochester, New York, and gradually explored the Genesee River Valley on camping outings with family and friends. Since then, she has become a local historian with a specialty in the Frederick Douglass family's years in Rochester. She enjoys presenting slide shows on Rochester's South Wedge, the southeast side of the city and the Douglass family. In order to promote neighborhood pride and area history, Rose has organized five regional history fairs and always looks forward to the next one.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Casconchiagon 13
Chapter 2 Allegany 19
Chapter 3 Genesee and Wyoming 25
Chapter 4 Livingston 35
Chapter 5 Eastern Monroe 53
Chapter 6 Downtown Rochester 71
Chapter 7 Western Monroe 85
Chapter 8 Ontario 101
Appendix. County Population Counts 117
About the Author 128