Penn Yan, New York

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Penn Yan is a village in Yates County, New York, USA. The population was 5,219 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Yates County.[1] The name is an invention of the early settlers for their community. It is derived from the shortening of "Pennsylvania Yankee". It houses the Penn Yan Central School District.

The Village of Penn Yan is primarily in the Town of Milo, but a small section is in the Town of Benton. A smaller section is in the Town of Jerusalem.

Penn Yan Airport is south of the village.

WYLF-AM 850 broadcasts from Penn Yan and provides local news and weathers, as well as "Timeless Favorites".



Penn Yan is located at 42°39′36″N 77°03′20″W / 42.660089°N 77.055447°W / 42.660089; -77.055447[2] and lies at the north end of the east branch of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (2.58%) is water.


The first frame dwelling at Penn Yan was built in 1799. The village became the county seat in 1823, when Yates county was created, and was incorporated in 1833.

The first settlers were chiefly followers of Jemima Wilkinson (1753-1819), a religious enthusiast, born in Cumberland Township, Providence County, Rhode Island, who asserted that she had received a divine commission. Wilkinson preached in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Obtaining a large tract (which was called Jerusalem in 1789) in the present Yates county, she founded in 1788 the village of Hopeton on the outlet of Keuka Lake about a mile from Seneca Lake. Many followers settled there, and she herself lived there after 1790. Some of her followers left her before 1800, and then the community gradually broke up.

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