Village of Macedon
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Village History

  • Lock #30, Canal Park located right off Routes 350 and 31. Visitors can view an operating lock.
  • Lock #30, Canal Park is a NYS Canal Corporation designated Free Camping site for travelers.
  • The first Village lots were purchased in 1830.
  • October 1842, Bickford and Huffman was formed. They were the pioneer builders of fertilizer grain drills in America.
  • The first grain drills were made in 1849, about twenty in number and were almost entirely hand made.

The Universalist Church

The Church of the Good Shepherd (Universalist) of Macedon was legally organized in March 1874.  In March 1889, a pipe organ costing $2,500 was placed there.

Anyone interested, please view the beautiful renovations of the Universalist Church (now known as 7 Center) near the corner of Center Street and Bickford Street.

The Erie Canal - Village of Macedon

The Erie Canal opened in Macedon in 1823. Construction had begun in Rome, NY, in 1817, and was completed to Buffalo in 1825. There were many who thought New York Governor DeWitt Clinton’s idea for the canal was ridiculous, and they named it “Clinton’s Folly” or “Clinton’s Ditch”. When in 1801, President Thomas Jefferson was asked to fund the project, he said “…making a canal 350 miles long through a wilderness! It is a little short of madness to think about it.

Nothing like this had been built before; no one had experience in designing and building locks.  It was an engineering marvel at the time, and many lessons were learned, which became the basis for training of future engineers. It took over 9,000 men to complete it. Much of the digging was done by hand, cutting through both rough terrain and swamps, and building the locks to manage travel over the varying heights of land.

"Indian" Charlie Cook

The Seneca Indians primarily inhabited this area until 1789, when the New Enland pioneers arrived to what is now Macedon.  "Indian" Charlie Cook was a descendent of these Native Americans, and a friendly, colorful character in Macedon's past.  Living in a cabin on the canal at the base of Lapham's Hill, he had the rare view of the three paths of the Erie Canal: the original from 1823, the expansion in the early 1850's and the Barge canal of 1911.  He made baskets, which some residents to this day still have and are in great condition. He peddled door-to-door, from logs he carried from Magog swamp. He was so skilled, that some of these baskets were waterproof.  Remembered as "everyone's friend" by residents of his era, it was not unusual for him to pay a visit to a sick child's house, bearing an herbal or plant-based remedy, or make a special call to cane a broken chair seat. He died in February 1939, and is buried in St. Patrick's cemetery in Macedon.