Kendall, New York

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Kendall is a town in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 2,838 at the 2000 census. The Town of Kendall is in the northeast corner of the county and is northwest of Rochester.



The town was part of the Connecticut Tract also called the 100,000 Acre Tract.

The first settlers arrived around 1812. The Erie Canal opened in 1825 making a ready market for wheat and lumber. It also made the way easier for more settlement. The first Norwegian immigrant community in the United States was begun at the Kendall Settlement in 1825. They settled in a body along the lakeshore in the northeast part of town. Norwegian-American pioneer leader Cleng Peerson subsequently founded a settlement in the Fox River Valley of Illinois during 1834 near the community of Norway, Illinois. [1]

The Town of Kendall was incorporated from the Town of Murray. On April 7, 1837, about half of the Town of Murray became the new Town of Kendall. It was formerly called "North Murray" and was settled slowly due to swampy terrain, being called the "Black North," due to the bogs and forests. The town was named after Amos Kendall, the U.S. Postmaster General under Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.0 square miles (85.4 km²), of which, 32.9 square miles (85.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.24%) is water.

Kendall borders Lake Ontario on its north. The east town line, marked by New York State Route 272, is the border of Monroe County, New York (Town of Hamlin).

The Lake Ontario State Parkway parallels the shore of Lake Ontario. North-south highway New York State Route 237 (Kendall Highway) intersects east-west highway New York State Route 18 (Roosevelt Highway) south of Kendall village.

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