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Town of Avon - 1789

Livingston County, New York

A VON---was formed, as "Hartford," in Jan. 1789. Its name was changed in 1808. Rush (Monroe Co., NY) was taken off in 1818. It is the center town upon the N. border of the co. Its surface is rolling and moderately hilly upland, terminating in flats on the Genesee River. Deming Hill, on Lot 192, is the highest point in the town. The principal stream is Conesus Creek, or Outlet, a tributary of the Genesee River. The soil upon the uplands is sandy and gravelly loam intermixed with clay, and on the flats, a deep, rich alluvium. Avon, (p.v.) in the w. part, a station on the G. V., and B., N.Y. & E. R.R.'s., celebrated for its medicinal springs , was incorp. June 13, 1853. It contains 3 churches, 5 large hotels, and 879 inhabitants. East Avon, (p.v.) near the center, contains 2 churches and about 35 houses. South Avon, (p.o.) in the S. part, contains 9 houses. Littleville, 1 1/2 mi. S. of Avon, contains a church, gristmill, furnace, and 23 houses. The first settlement was made in 1785 . The first church (Presb.) was organized in 1795; Rev. Daniel Thatcher was the first preacher. There are 6 churches in town .


SIZE +/-
Avon   North of the village square. +5000
Bronson Hill   Southwest corner of town, on Bronson Hill Rd. +250
East Avon   In East Avon, just south of four corners on Rte.15 +1000
Johnson   South of village on Pole Bridge Rd, near Agar and Henty Rd. +50
Littleville   South of village off Littleville Rd., adjacent to Conesus Creek. +200
St. Agnes   South end of Avon village, on Linden Street.  
South Avon   South of Avon village on Rte 39 to Geneseo +150


TOWN CLERK : Town Hall Offices, Opera Block Building, 23 Genesee St., Avon, NY 14414
TOWN HISTORIAN : Maureen Kingston, 585-226-2425, Avon Historical, office hours: Tuesdays 2-6 pm. eMail:
LIBRARY Avon Free Library , 143 Genesee St., Avon, NY.


  • Doty, Lockwood R., A History of Livingston County, New York , Geneseo,NY, E.E. Doty, 1876.
  • Doty, Lockwood R., History of the Genesee Country , Chicago, S.J. Clark Publishing Co., 1925.
  • Hatch, Alden, The Wadsworths of Geneseo , New York, Coward McCann, 1959.
  • Preston, Marie, Avon, Heart of the Genesee Country , Avon, Avon Herald-News, Inc., 1958.
  • Smith, James H., History of Livingston County, New York , Syracuse,NY, D.Mason & Co., 1881.
Avon Preservation and Historical , 74 Genesee Street, Avon (585) 226-8118.
American Legion , Joseph Gallipeau Post 294, Box 132, Avon
Veterans of Foreign Wars , Avon Post No.5292, 74 Genesee Street, Avon


Avon United Methodist , 130 Genesee Street, Avon, NY 14414 (585)226-8600
Avon Wesleyan Church , 300 Genesee Street, Avon (585)226-3577
Central Presbyterian Church , Genesee Street, Avon (585)226-2626
First Presbyterian Church , 5605 Avon-Lima Rd, Avon (585)226-6460
Lutheran Church of the Epiphany , 6050 Avon-Lima Rd, Avon (585)226-2200
New Horizon Christian Fellowship , 2219 Bronson Hill Rd., Avon (585)226-2845
St.Agnes Catholic Church , 108 Prospect Street, Avon (585)226-3232
Zion Episcopal Church , 10 Park Place, Avon (585)226-3722


[medicinal springs] These springs-two in number and about one-fourth of a mile apart- are located about 1 mile S.W. of the village. The lower spring discharges about 54 gallons of water per minute. The quantity of water from both srpings continues about the same during the year. Several large hotels have been erected for the accommodation of vistors, large numbers of whom visit the springs annually. ( back )

[in 1785] Among the early settlers were Gilbert R. Berry, at the river, W. of Avon Village, and Timothy Hosmer at Littleville, Capt.Thompson, and Mr. Rice in 1789. Giblert R. Berry kept the first inn, and established the first ferry across the Genesee River, in 1789. The first sawmill was built by Timothy Hosmer, at Littleville, in 1790, and the first gristmill by the Wadsworths, in 1792. The first school was kept by Pedie Jonier, at Avon in 1792. ( back )

[churches in town] 2 M.E., Prot. E., Bap., Presb., and R.C. ( back )

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