Groveland, New York

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Groveland is a town in Livingston County, New York, United States. The population was 3,853 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Groveland is centrally located in the county, south of Geneseo.



The Sullivan Expedition (1779) reached its farthest extent here. Groveland was the site of the Boyd and Parker ambush.

The first settlement occurred in 1792 and was called "Willamsburgh." The town was formed in 1789 before the creation of Livingston County. Part of Groveland was used to form parts of the Towns of Conesus (1819) and Sparta (1856).

There was formerly a Shaker settlement near present-day Sonyea.

Famous current and past residents


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.9 square miles (103.3 km²), of which, 39.2 square miles (101.4 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (1.85%) is water.

Conesus Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, forms part of the eastern boundary.

Interstate 390 passes north-to-south through the town. New York State Route 36, New York State Route 63, and New York State Route 256 are north-south highways through the town. New York State Route 408 is a highway terminating in the western part of the town at NY-63.

Groveland is on the Rochester-to-Dansville line of the Rochester & Southern Railroad. From 1882-1963 Groveland was on the Main Line of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W) and successor Erie Lackawanna Railroad. In 1963 the Main Line up Dansville Hill from Groveland to Wayland was abandoned by order of the U. S. Interstate Commerce Commission to promote highway usage. That portion of today's R&S line west and north of Groveland was originally part of the DL&W while that portion between Groveland and Dansville was part of the Dansville & Mount Morris Railroad and predecessors.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,853 people, 555 households, and 396 families residing in the town. The population density was 98.4 people per square mile (38.0/km²). There were 649 housing units at an average density of 16.6/sq mi (6.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 60.06% White, 32.44% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 6.46% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.23% of the population.

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