Clarendon, New York

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Clarendon is a town in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 3,392 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from Clarendon, Vermont.

The Town of Clarendon is in the southeast part of the county. New York State Route 31A and New York State Route 237 intersect in the town.



The town was first settled around 1811. The Town of Clarendon was created in 1820 before Orleans County was established. It was originally known as "Farwell's Mills," a name derived from one of the first settlers, who arrived in 1810. Clarendon was once noted for its quarries and cement plants.

In late 2006, a stone church was taken down, for unknown reasons, that was built circa 1830 and served the community until 1980 when the church's contents were sold off. The church was a landmark for Clarendon for many years. The present owner of the property where the church once stood has retained the original bell which was manufactured in Troy, NY by the Meneely Bell Company.

Persons of note in Clarendon

Museum exhibitor and artist, Carl Akeley was born in Clarendon in 1864. Akely Hall in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City is named after him.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.2 square miles (91.2 km²), all of it land.

The east town line is the border of Monroe County (Town of Sweden). The south town line is the border of Genesee County (Town of Byron).

The Clarendon-Linden fault system is named in part for Clarendon; the fault produces a prominent rise in the topography just west of Route 237.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,392 people, 1,230 households, and 928 families residing in the town. The population density was 96.3 people per square mile (37.2/km²). There were 1,331 housing units at an average density of 37.8/sq mi (14.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.46% White, 0.94% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.62% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.62% of the population.

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