Hopewell, New York

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Hopewell is a town in Ontario County, New York, United States. The population was 3,346 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Hopewell is in the north central part of the county, east of the City of Canandaigua.



Significant portions of this section is sourced from Conover, Chapter XXV.

Settled beginning in 1789, the town of Hopewell, New York, was originally part of a tract of land first called "District of Easton" and then "Lincoln" and was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase of 1788.

The original settlers in the area were former New Englanders. According to The History of Ontario County New York, some of the earliest pioneers included "Daniel Gates, Daniel Warner, Ezra Platt, Samuel Day, George Chapin, Israel Chapin, Jr., Frederick Follett, Thomas Sawyer, Benjamin Wells and Mr. Sweet, all of whom were from Massachusetts, while William Wyckoff who was another pioneer, was from Pennsylvania."

In 1807, the name of the town was changed again, this time to "Gorham," in honor of Nathaniel Gorham. The Town of Hopewell was formed out of the northern section of the Town of Gorham on March 29, 1822.

On April 17, 1823, the first town meeting was held and the first town officers were elected. They were:

  • Supervisor - Nathan Lewis
  • Town Clerk - John Prince
  • Assessors - Elisha Higby, George Brundage, and James Birdseye
  • Highway Commissioners - Joel S. Hart, Erastus Lamed, and William Canfield
  • Overseers of the Poor - Rufus Warner and Lemuel Babcock
  • Commissioner of Schools - William Buchan, Jason Angel, and Joshua Case
  • Inspector of Schools - Joseph Merrill, William Bodman, and Joel Amsden
  • Constables - Timothy Dunham, Hiram Dillon, William Lamed, and Joseph Parker
  • Collector - Walter Wells
  • Justice of the Peace - Nathaniel Lewis, John Price, Amos Jones and Elisha Higby

Between 1830 and 1890, the population of Hopewell ranged from 2,202 (1830) to 1,655 (1890).

In 1825 the County Board of Supervisors purchased farmland in the southeastern part of the town and established a home for the county poor. That land today is still owned by Ontario County and is used to house the County Health Facility, County Historian and Archives Center and other County facilities.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.7 square miles (92.4 km²), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

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