A Connected Community

A Big Town with Small-Town Charm

Named for its founder, Daniel Penfield, Penfield officially became a town in 1810. It was the first of seven east-side towns to be established in Monroe County.

The town had a population of about 3,000 residents until World War II, when agriculture began to decline in the area and suburban development came into play. Today, roughly 36,000 people call this place home.

Although it certainly can’t be mistaken for a small town, Penfield has maintained a distinctly small town atmosphere. The sense of community is tangible. Since January 2010, the Town Supervisor has written and published a column every single week that details goings on in the community and keeps people connected.

There are lots of ways to meet new people who share your interests. Multiple clubs and organizations meet in town regularly, and are made up of all ages and interests. You can also get connected at any of the local places of worship in town or in the neighboring communities. Or check out the Penfield Ampitheater to see one of the free shows put on throughout the summer.

This town is an amazing opportunity to live in a growing suburban area that has maintained an appealing small-town community feeling.

Continuing to Learn

Giving Kids and Adults a Place to Thrive

Students in town are served by four different school districts. Most students attend Penfield Central School District, but roughly one-third of the town is located in the Webster Central School District. Only a handful of students from the town attend Pittsford Central School District or Wayne Central School District.

Adults can continue their education or help others learn by getting involved with the Local History Room. The public is encouraged to participate by lending items of local historical interest or by joining the committee to help make decisions about future displays.

Maybe history isn’t your passion, but math is. If you’re excited about numbers and enjoy teaching others, perhaps joining the Mathnasium, a math learning center for 1-12 graders is something you would be interested in.

If you are more enthusiastic about reading a good book, stop into the Penfield Library. Not only does the library have a plethora of excellent books, they also host programs for children and adults. Some of the programs are of a more entertaining nature, like decorating ornaments for the holidays. Others serve to educate adults on serious matters, like understanding health insurance and enrolling in the best program for your situation.

Whether you’re more interested in learning, teaching or sending kids to school, this may be the perfect place for you.

Something for Everyone

Indoors, Outdoors, All Around Town

It’s not hard to find things to do around town.

Love to spend time outdoors? There are several excellent options for the nature lover, such as Thousand Acre Swamp’s beautiful boardwalk and trails, or any of the numerous parks in town. If you want to meet up with other outdoor enthusiasts, there is a guided hike held at the one of the parks each month.

Penfield Recreation and Penfield TV have community calendars that highlight other local events featuring everything from town board meetings to cookie exchange fundraisers.

Looking for something a little less structured? Grab dinner at Hong Wah Restaurant or Joey’s Pasta House. Or check out Wickham Farms with a friend or your family. They have miniature golf, a batting cage, a jumping pillow, and a corn maze. Catch even bigger rides less than 20 minutes away from the heart of town, at Seabreeze Amusement Park.

One of the convenient things about this community is its proximity to Lake Ontario. Lazy days at the beach are only a short drive away! The town is also just a few minutes away from Rochester, meaning residents have easy access to anything in the city but can come home to their quiet homes at the end of every day.

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