This is the online edition
of the Western New York Travel Guide published by Clarion
Publications of Geneseo, Livingston County N.Y. It covers the 17 county area
of Western New York, especially Rochester, the Genesee Valley and the Western
WNY is approximately the size of Massachussetts and Connecticut
combined. For purposes of this guide, we have broken Western New York up into
6 regions. Our map is the best place to start your
This area was called the "Western Door" by the Seneca
Indians who inhabited WNY before the coming of the Europeans. They were the
westernmost of the five nations of the Iroquois Confederation, thus the "Keepers
of the Western Door"
We have a Table of Contents
and a search feature if you're looking for something in particular.
A short introduction to Western New
Western New York is a land of great scenic beauty. Most of
the dominant features including the Finger Lakes,
the spectactular waterfalls, gorges and glens were sculpted by the unique geology
of the glaciers. One of the best places to enjoy this beauty is Letchworth State Park, "The Grand Canyon of the East."The
many lakes, including the surrounding Great Lakes of Ontario and Erie make Western
New York a water wonderland.
Those same geological
forces also created a land of great agricultural potential. The Genesee Country,
once "The Granary of the Nation," is still a highly productive farm
area. There are many agricultural attractions .
region also has a colorful history. The earliest Western
New Yorkers were believed to be the Clovis people around 10,000 B.C. In the 1600s,
European explorers, missionaries and traders began to visit the area. Contact
with the White Man's diseases and military methods was devastating to the Iroquois
Following the defeat of the British and their Iroquois allies in
the Revolutionary War, settlement of the region proceeded
rapidly. Opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 was a boon
to business and emigration. In the 1800s waves of religous fervor swept through
the pioneer settlements, thus earning the region the title of the burned
Western New York was subsequently swept by a social
convulsion. Abolition sentiment and support for the Underground Railroad ran
high. The modern Womens' Movement was born in tiny Seneca
Falls. In the modern era, the region has become a center for high tech industry.
The innovations that George Eastman brought to the photgraphic business with the
Kodak plateless camera, started Rochester on its way to its current status as
"The World's Image Centre."
The culture of the mound builders, based
in the Ohio Valley, was known to have spread to the Hopewell Indians of Western
New York around 300 A.D. This artist's conception of an early burial mound is
part of the Western Door Exhibit at the Rochester
Museum and Science Center.
2003 WNY Travel Guide was the last print version of our travel guide. It also
included our popular Erie Canal Travel Guide.
Country: The Magazine of Western New York is no longer being published. However,
we have limited supplies of the 32 back
issues published from 1993-2001. Order by calling 800-346-9770.
(All prices include shipping and handling and
we accept most major credit cards)