The town of Macedon was created from the town of Palmyra on January 29, 1823. Macedon has an area just over 23,000 acres with a gently rolling, irregular surface. It is located in the extreme southwest corner of Wayne County.
Macedon’s first settlers, Webb and Hannah Harwood, arrived in what is now Macedon in the late spring of 1789, after a forty-six day journey from Adams, Massachusetts in an uncovered wagon drawn by a team of oxen.
The Erie Canal was an important factor in the settlement and growth of Macedon. Its two ports on the canal were Wayneport, formerly called West Macedon, and the village of Macedon itself. Today, Lock #30 of the Barge Canal System is located just off Route 350. Here visitors can view an operating lock.
Education was important to the early residents of Macedon. The Macedon Academy was well known throughout the area for its exemplary standard of higher education. Founded in 1841, the Academy was designed as an intermediate level of education, between the district school and college. The Academy adhered to very strict doctrines, and for more than fifty years had a great influence in guiding the morals and the higher education of young men and women in the area.
Today, Macedon is a growing community with an increase of almost eighteen percent in population from 7,375 in 1990 to 8,688 in 2000.
* Bullis Homestead, Canandaigua
– Private home.
J.E. Baker Homestead, 815 Canandaigua Road
– Private home.
Macedon Academy, 2257 Academy Street
– Built in 1854, the academy was a prestigious, private intermediate school for young ladies and gentlemen until 1902. Local artifacts from the town of Macedon on display. Open by appointment. (315) 986-5694
(* Listed on New York State and National Registers of Historical Places)