Macedon, New York

Coordinates: 43°04′04″N 077°18′13″W / 43.06778°N 77.30361°W / 43.06778; -77.30361
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Macedon, New York
The Charles Bullis House
"The Two Lock Town"
Location in Wayne County and the state of New York.
Location in Wayne County and the state of New York.
Coordinates: 43°04′04″N 077°18′13″W / 43.06778°N 77.30361°W / 43.06778; -77.30361
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
EstablishedJanuary 29, 1823[1]
 • TypeTown Board
 • SupervisorKim Leonard
 • ClerkKarrie Bowers
 • CourtJustice Tom L. Crowley
Justice Ron J. Reinstein
 • Total38.86 sq mi (100.64 km2)
 • Land38.68 sq mi (100.18 km2)
 • Water0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
489 ft (149 m)
 • Total9,148
 • Estimate 
 • Density232.80/sq mi (89.88/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315, 585 and 680
FIPS code36-44149
GNIS feature ID0956224

Macedon is a town in Wayne County, New York, United States. The population was 9,148 at the 2010 census.

The Town of Macedon is named after the birthplace of Alexander the Great, in Ancient Macedonia.[4] It is located in the southwest corner of Wayne County and contains a hamlet also named Macedon, formerly an incorporated village. The town is east of Rochester and west of Syracuse.


Macedon took its name from the ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon. The toponym Macedon is derived itself from the ancient Greek adjective μακεδνός (makednós), meaning "tall", possibly descriptive of the inhabitants of Macedon.[5] It has the same root as the adjective μακρός (makros), meaning "long" or "tall" in Ancient Greek.[5] The name is originally believed to have meant either "highlanders", "the tall ones", or "high grown men".[6]


Prior to early settlement, the area in and around Macedon was home to the Seneca Nation, a tribe member in the Iroquois League.[7]

The town land was acquired for settlement in 1788 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. The first settlers, Webb and Hannah Harwood, arrived in 1789.[8]

The construction and completion of the Erie Canal from 1817 to 1825 brought many new settlers to the area. The town of Macedon was incorporated during the canal construction in 1823, from what had been the western half of the Town of Palmyra.[8] The opening of the Erie Canal led to the forming of new port communities like Wayneport and the Village of Macedon, with the latter centered on Lock 30.

Remnants of the former Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 60 (also called the Lower Macedon Lock) are located along the canal trail off Quaker Road, just east of the Village of Macedon. It was built in 1841 as a single-chamber lock, but doubled in 1874. The lock had a lift of 10.02 feet (3.05 m) to the west. It was abandoned in 1914. The site is currently maintained as a park.[9] Nearby are the remains of Erie Canal Change Bridge #39 (also called Gallup's Bridge), located just west of the intersection of O'Neil and Quaker roads. A change bridge allowed towpaths to switch from one side of the canal to the other. The bridge was constructed in 1881 and had an iron lattice truss with a wooden floor. Only the foundations are still in place.[10]

The Macedon Academy, open from 1841 to 1902, set a standard for education excellence of the era. The academy provided an intermediate level of education, between the district school level and college.

Part of Company B, 160th New York Volunteer Infantry, was raised in Macedon during the American Civil War. At the time, the town had a population of only a little over 2,500.[11]

The J. and E. Baker Cobblestone Farmstead and Charles Bullis House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]

The town is part of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.[13]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.9 square miles (100.6 km2), of which 38.7 square miles (100.2 km2) is land and 0.2 square mile (0.4 km2) (0.44%) is water.

Macedon is bordered by the towns of Walworth to the north, Palmyra to the east, Farmington (Ontario County) to the south, and Perinton (Monroe County) to the west.

An East-West auxiliary branch of NY 31, New York State Route 31F and New York State Route 350 intersect east–west New York State Route 31 at Macedon hamlet.


Historical population
2016 (est.)9,005[3]−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

As of the census of 2010,[15] there were 9,148 people, 3,650 households, and 2,583 families residing in the town. The population density was 235.2 inhabitants per square mile (90.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.9% White, 0.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

There were 3,650 households, out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.5% under the age of 20, 4.7% from 20 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $76,146, and the median income for a family was $85,181. Males had a median income of $64,392 versus $41,594 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,551. About 1.0% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 0.8% of those age 65 or over.


There were 3,381 housing units at an average density of 86.9 per square mile (33.6/km2); a total of 6.0% of housing units were vacant.

There were 3,650 occupied housing units in the town, of which 2,831 were owner-occupied units (77.6%), while 819 were renter-occupied (22.4%). The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.5% of total units. The rental unit vacancy rate was 10.8%.[15]


The only schools in Macedon are Palmyra-Macedon Intermediate School, which is part of the Palmyra-Macedon Central School District and the Gananda Central School District, serving households on the western edge of Macedon.

The Macedon Public Library serves the public as a repository for books, magazines, CDs, and videos that may be loaned out or viewed. The library also offers free computer and internet access on site. The library is also home to the Bullis Estate Library, a large collection of rare books, personal journals, and letters from the Victorian era family.


Most of the businesses in the town are concentrated in four areas. Small specialty shops and boutiques are available in the old village on Main Street and near Canandaigua Road. The West Wayne plaza on Route 31 between what was the Village of Macedon and the Village of Palmyra also has a selection of shops and restaurants. To the west, Lowe's and Wal-Mart Superstores, and the surrounding area near Wayneport has grown more attractive to other businesses and developers. Newer businesses in the area include The Purple Painted Lady®, Macedon Family Chiropractic, Twisted Rail Brewing, and Cherry Creek Siding & Windows L.L.C. The fourth area surrounds the Gananda planned community offering daily services and offices. Macedon is also home to the American regional headquarters of New Delhi-based Jindal Films.

Communities and locations in the Town of Macedon[edit]

  • Cator Corners — A location north of Macedon hamlet on NY-31F.
  • Huddle — A hamlet by the north town line on County Road 208.
  • Gananda — A "master planned community" and Title VII new town that is partially located in Macedon, along the north town line, between NY 350 and Hance Road
  • Macedon — The hamlet of Macedon, located in the south part of the town on NY-31 and the Erie Canal. It was formerly an incorporated village.
  • Macedon Center — A location northwest of Macedon hamlet, located on NY-31F.
  • North Macedon — A location north of Macedon hamlet on Route 31F.
  • Walworth Station — A location by the junction of County Roads 208 and 209 in the east part of the town.
  • Wayneport — A hamlet in the southeast part of the town is located on the Erie Canal and County Road 306. It was formerly called "West Macedon."[16]
  • Yellow Mills — A hamlet in the southeast part of the town, west of Village of Palmyra on NY-31.

Notable person[edit]

  • John L. Bullis — decorated American soldier and real estate entrepreneur


  1. ^ Wayne County Office of County Historian - Town of Macedon History, Retrieved Jun. 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 195.
  5. ^ a b Liddell and Scott 1940.
  6. ^ Engels, Johannes (2010). "Macedonians and Greeks". In Roisman, Joseph; Worthington, Ian (eds.). A Companion to Ancient Macedonia. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-4051-7936-2.; Borza, Eugene N. (1995). Makedonika. Regina Books. p. 114. ISBN 0-941690-65-2.; Eugene N. Borza writes that the "highlanders" or "Makedones" of the mountainous regions of western Macedonia are derived from northwest Greek stock; they were akin both to those who at an earlier time may have migrated south to become the historical "Dorians".
  7. ^ Johansen, Bruce Elliott; Mann, Barbara Alice (2000). "Ganondagan". Encyclopedia of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy). Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-313-30880-2. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
  8. ^ a b [1] Brief History of Macedon - Office of the County Historian
  9. ^ The Erie Canal (Lock 60 - Lower Macedon Lock), Retrieved Jan. 21, 2015.
  10. ^ The Erie Canal (Change Bridge #39 - Gallup's Bridge), Retrieved Jan. 21. 2015.
  11. ^ New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center, The Communities of New York and the Civil War: Wayne County
  12. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  13. ^ National Park Service - Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Brochure, New York, Retrieved Jan. 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  15. ^ a b Macedon 2010 Demographic Profile Data - American FactFinder
  16. ^ Brief History of Macedon - Office of the County Historian

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