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Canandaigua, New York, USA - Historical Museum and Wood Library

The name Canandaigua (pronounced Can-an-DAY-gwa) is derived from a Native American word meaning the chosen spot.

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Historical Museum and Wood Library
Canandaigua, New York, USA

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Canandaigua, New York, USA

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Canandaigua, New York, USA

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1854 - Canandaigua
Canandaigua, a post-township of Ontario county, New York, on the West shore of Canandaigua lake, 195 miles W. by N. from Albany. It is intersected by the Rochester and Syracuse railroad. Population, 6143.

Canandaigua, (kan-an-da gwa) a beautiful post-village, capital of Ontario county, New York, situated at the northern extremity of a lake of the same name, and on the Rochester and Syracuse railroad, 29 miles S. E. from Rochester, and about 220' miles by milroad W. by N. from Albany. Lat, 42° W N. ; Lon. 77° 17' W. It is equally distinguished for the picturesque beauty of its situation and the elegance of its buildings. The ground descends gently from the upper part of the village towards the lake, of which it commands an extensive prospect. Many of the residences are surrounded by gardens and ornamented grounds. Canandaigua contains, besides the county buildings, churches of the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Baptists, and Methodists, an academy, 2 banks, and 2 printing offices. A ... Read MORE...

From the Albany Journal, June 15.

The second steamboat express train from the West, due here at 9:20 last evening, met with a serious accident about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Canandaigua by the spreading of the track. The train was run off, and the result was a frightful destruction of cars.

There was a large number of passengers on the train, who were thrown together promiscuously, and many of them buried up in the broken cars. For a time the wildest excitement prevailed, and those who escaped uninjured immediately set to work extricating those who were buried up in the ruins. After the unfortunate had been extricated and conveyed to comfortable quarters, the work of removing the debris was commenced. Although this work was carried on with energy, so great was the destruction of property that the 1:15 P.M. train from here was detained there three hours, and even up to 10 o'clock this morning the south track was not in running order. By this accident a large number of... Read MORE...

1870 - A man gave himself into the custody of the Philadelphia police the other evening, representing that he had, on the 20th of November, killed his mother by a blow at Canandaigua, N.Y.
He was searched, as is usual, and put into a cell, and subsequently it was discovered that he had a razor, and was in the act of cutting his throat. On the day following the sister of the prisoner waited upon Detective Gordon and said that her mother was alive and well.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 8, 1870
1870 - At Canandaigua, N. Y., on the 13th, the juries in the cases of General Starr and Colonel Thompson,
tried for violation of the Neutrality laws, for being connected with the Fenians, rendered verdicts of guilty on two counts of the indictments, with a recommendation to mercy.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 23, 1870
1895 - Canandaigua
Canandaigua, a beautiful post-village, capital of Ontario co., N.Y., is situated in a township of its own name, at the northern end and outlet of Canandaigua Lake, and on the Auburn Branch of the New York Central Railroad, which connects here with the Northern Central Railroad, 28 miles S.E. of Rochester, 222 miles W. by N. from Albany, and 69 miles N.N.W. of Elmira. It is also the east terminus of the Batavia Branch of the New York Central Railroad. The site is elevated, and commands a beautiful view of the lake, which is navigated by steamboats. Here are many handsome residences, with gardens and ornamental grounds, Canandaigua contains a fine court-house, 6 churches, the Canandaigua Academy, a female seminary, a union school, a national bank, several other banks, a hospital for the in sane, the Ontario Orphan Asylum, a Catholic orphanage, a brewery, a spoke-factory, a tin-factory, &c. Three weekly newspapers are published here. Pop. in 1890, 5868.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1907 - DOCTOR AND 3 WOMEN DIE IN AUTO CRASH. Motor Car, Driven by Rochester Physician, Hit by Trolley. COLLISION OCCURS AT CROSSING.
Accident Happened on Steep Grade and Passengers Say the Car Was Going at a Rate of Fifty Miles an Hour.

Canandaigua, N. Y. - DR. GEORGE WALDRON, a venerable physician of Rochester, took three of his oldest women patients for a health-giving auto jaunt in the country. At the Fresh Hour Crossing, four miles from here, the machine was struck by an express trolley car of the Rochester and Easton Railway, and all four were instantly killed.

Another woman patient, who was to have joined the auto party at the crossing, alighted from the trolley car to step upon the body of the doctor. It is said she will die from the shock.

The dead are:
DR. GEORGE WALDRON, fifty-four, No. 408 Plymouth avenue, Rochester.
MRS. CATHARINE FARNSWORTH, seventy-five, No. 11 Eagle street, Rochester.
MRS. WILLIAM SCANDLING, sixty-seven, Hopewell Hamlet.
MRS. JANE HOBBS, seventy, of Hopewell Hamlet.

DR. WALDRON, one of the oldest medical men in Rochester, numbered among his patients the richest and... Read MORE...

Canandaigna, a banking post-village and resort, cap ital of Ontario co., N.Y., is situated in a township (town) of its own name, at the northern end and outlet of Canandaigna Lake, and on the New York Central and Hudson River and the Northern Central Rs., 28 miles SE. of Rochester. The site is elevated and commands a beautiful view of the lake, which is navigated by steamboats. Here are many handsome residences with gardens and ornamental Rounds. Canandaigua contains a court-house, various collegiate institutions, lunatic and orphan asylums, and has manufactories of spokes, agate-ware, farming-implements, wire-fence, pressed bricks, canned fruits, cigars, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 6151.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Canandaigua:
Canandaigua Lake: Start your visit with a stroll along the scenic Canandaigua Lake. You can take a boat tour or simply enjoy the breathtaking views. The lake is perfect for water activities like kayaking or paddleboarding.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park: Explore the stunning gardens and mansion at Sonnenberg. The mansion, a 40-room Queen Anne-style house, is surrounded by nine historic gardens. It's a great place for a leisurely walk and to learn about the history of the area.

Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum: Step back in time at the Granger Homestead, a historic house with beautifully preserved rooms and furnishings. The Carriage Museum showcases an impressive collection of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs.

Canandaigua City Pier: Head to the City Pier for a relaxing time by the water. You can take a walk, have a picnic, or just enjoy the serene atmosphere. The pier often hosts events and festivals, so check the local calendar for any special... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Canandaigua, New York, USA

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male ancestorJohn SALISBURY (15 July 1757, Glocester, Rhode Island, USA (West Glocester) (Chepachet) (Harmony) - 18 February 1837, Canandaigua, New York, USA)
male ancestorWilliam SALISURY (1763, , Rhode Island, USA - 5 October 1806, Canandaigua, New York, USA)
male ancestorNickolas W. STUYVESANT (1788, , New York, USA - 27 September 1876, Canandaigua, New York, USA)
male ancestorRussell BENEDICT (1798, Danbury, Connecticut, USA - 26 September 1880, Canandaigua, New York, USA)
male ancestorEllis E. BEEBE (10 May 1817, Canandaigua, New York, USA - 4 September 1867, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)
male ancestorWilliam CHESEBRO (1832, Canandaigua, New York, USA - 13 March 1873, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights))
male ancestorGeorge Hiram MACK (4 August 1832, Naples, New York, USA - 15 October 1912, Canandaigua, New York, USA)
male ancestorMatthew Tallman DENNIS (1834, Ledyard, New York, USA (Aurora) - 28 April 1898, Canandaigua, New York, USA)
male ancestorAugustus S MACK (22 December 1857, Middlesex, New York, USA - 11 July 1933, Canandaigua, New York, USA)

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