Monroe County is the heart of the Greater Rochester Nine County Region. The City of Rochester is surrounded by 19 towns and villages.
In the City of Rochester, the Genesee River crosses paths with the Erie Canal, flowing north through on its way to Lake Ontario.
Monroe County is also considered among the 14 counties in the Finger Lakes Region.
Here are a few places to start exploring Monroe County
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Monroe County Facts
The county is along Lake Ontario’s southern shore. As of 2017, Monroe County’s population was 747,642. Its county seat is the city of Rochester. The county is named after James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county’s total area is 1,367 square miles, of which 657 square miles is land and 710 square miles (52%) is water. [source]
A Brief History
Only 200 years ago, the area was largely unsettled; Ridge Road, a mere 12 inches wide, was an Indian path through dense forests. The remaining section of the original Merchants Road, with its nine twists and curves in one mile, reflects its beginnings as the well-traveled Indian link between Canandaigua and the Genesee River.
Early settlers included the Algonquin, who were later taken over by the Seneca. The Seneca, who joined the League of the Iroquois, were known as the “Keepers of the Western Door” and controlled trade in all directions.
The Indian Landing in Monroe County’s Ellison Park marks where their major east-west and north-south routes intersected. Seneca struggled against both the French and British to retain possession of the area, but once Revolutionary settlers returned home with stories of the good soil available here, settlement began in earnest. [read more]
Monroe County is home to nine colleges and universities
Bryant & Stratton College in Greece and Henrietta
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in the city
Monroe Community College in Brighton with a campus in the city
Nazareth College in Pittsford
Roberts Wesleyan College in Chili
Rochester Institute of Technology in Henrietta
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Pittsford
St. John Fisher College in Pittsford
State University of New York at Brockport in Brockport with a campus in the city
University of Rochester in the city
Major Festivals, Concerts and Events
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