Dansville, Livingston County, New York

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Dansville is a village in the town of North Dansville in the eastern part of Livingston County, New York, United States. As of the as of 2000 census, the village population was 4,832.[1] The village is named after Daniel Faulkner, an early settler.[citation needed] Interstate 390 passes next to the west side of the village.



Daniel Faulkner founded the village in 1795. When Livingston County was created, the village was in the town of Sparta. Dansville became an incorporated village in 1845.

A spa, which opened in 1854, drew many prominent people for the water cure. Located in the "Castle on the Hill," the spa operated for many years under several owners.[2]

Past residents of note

Clara Barton visited Dansville in 1866 to deliver a lecture and again in 1873, during which time she stayed at the Home On the Hillside to recuperate from the toil of nursing soldiers in the Franco-Prussian War. Between 1876 and 1886, she maintained a residence in Dansville. From here she ran the effort to form the American Red Cross, to achieve for it recognition from the United States government and join the Geneva Convention, which would make it a part of the International Red Cross. Thus, the first American Red Cross chapter was established in the village[3] in 1881[citation needed] and is still located at 57 Elizabeth Street.[3]

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