Brief History of Wayne County, New York

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Temporary Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment Plan for January 1, 2016- December 31, 2018 is available for public comment at Wayne County Workforce Development @ 1519 Nye Rd. Suite 600 Lyons, NY. The plan can be viewed Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm.

Wayne County, originally included in lands of Ontario and Seneca Counties, became a separate county on April 11, 1823.

The county’s history actually begins long before 1823.

Little has been written about the early Indians who lived in and around Wayne County. When the first white pioneers arrived in 1789, it does not appear that there were any major Indian Settlements in this area. Rather, the Indian made hunting and fishing trips into this region where bear, wolf, deer and a wide variety of fish could be found in large quantities. Sodus Bay was a favorite fishing spot and a well-worn trail extended from its shores to the head of Cayuga Lake, where the Indians had permanent homes. Read More