Honeoye Falls
Honeoye Falls, New York

Location: South central Monroe County, Route 65, Village of Honeoye Falls. Starting from the intersection of Routes 20 and 15A in Lima, drive north on Route 15A for 2.7 miles to a fork in the road. Keep to the right (northeast). In a short distance turn right (east) onto West Main Street. In 1 mile turn right into the parking lot for the offices of the Town of Mendon.

     A small handicapped accessible viewing area for Honeoye Falls is located in the northeast corner of the parking lot, next to the large three story stone office building. The building was originally a mill. It was built during the period from 1827 to 1837. In 1985 the Town of Mendon purchased the building to house the town offices.
     Measurements taken by the author establish that Honeoye Falls has a total height of 20 feet and a crest width of 120 feet. The falls faces to the northeast. In 1923, a 4 foot high curving dam was built on the crest of the 16 foot high natural falls. Honeoye Creek first falls vertically over the dam and then steeply cascades the remaining distance.
     To reach a viewing area behind the town office building walk to the northeast, along West Main Street. Immediately past the town office building and to your right is a red and white sign about Zebulon Norton. A native of Connecticut, Mr. Norton purchased land at the “Falls of Honeoye Creek” in 1791 He built a gristmill on the western bank of the creek and a sawmill on the eastern bank. A flourishing village quickly developed, and was known as Norton’s Mills. Walk down the grass covered hill to the bank of Honeoye Creek. The falls can be seen to your right. To view the falls from the East Street Bridge, located roughly 200 feet downstream from this point, return to West Main Street and walk to the northeast. The first intersection will be East Street (Route 65). Turn right and walk to the center of the bridge. The falls is illuminated nightly.
     According to a Seneca Indian legend, a brave was bitten on the finger by a rattlesnake. He immediately amputated the finger with his tomahawk. In the retelling of his experience he referred to the place as “Hay-e-a-yeh,” meaning “where the finger lies”. In 1838 the village became known as Honeoye Falls, the Seneca translation of “Hay-e-a-yeh”.

For a Map Quest map of the area click here.

For a ACME Mapper 2.0 map of the area click here.

Web site: Village of Honeoye Falls

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