A Place of Options

There’s Something for Everyone

Pittsford started out like many places along the Erie Canal—as a small canal town that eventually blossomed into a thriving area of commerce. The area immediately surrounding the canal is still the Village of Pittsford, bordered on all sides by the town.

Something interesting about the area is that it was the home to some important “firsts”. As the oldest village in Monroe County, it was the home of the first school, library, newspaper, post office, permanent church, and practicing doctor in Monroe County.

The area is still first-rate today. Commerce has flourished in the area, with an emphasis on supporting local artisans and small businesses. Public school students in the area are given an excellent education at Pittsford Central School District. There are two college campuses right in town: Nazareth College and St. John Fisher College.

The beautiful neighborhoods of Pittsford are just seven miles away from the city of Rochester. The village hosts many small businesses while lots of popular commercial shopping and dining is available in town as well. It’s the best of both worlds, whatever your lifestyle and dwelling preferences may be!

Drawn to the Water

The Pond that Grew Into a Village

Life is impossible without water.

It’s showcased in the history of settling America. In fact, a spring fed pond is what first attracted European Americans to the area. The first settler, Israel Stone, built a log house next to the pond in 1789 and others followed suit in the years after.

Another draw to the area was the opening of the Erie Canal in 1822. The village quickly grew into an important shipping center, while surrounding lands were used for agriculture. The development of Rochester diverted and slowed growth in Pittsford for a time, but in the late 1800s, wealthy Rochesterians began to establish country estates in the village. It was the beginning of the area’s transaction of farmlands to welcoming suburban neighborhoods.

Today, the main draw to the canal is shopping and dining at Schoen Place. Free summer concerts are held at the small park on the south side of the canal, and Sam Patch canal tours also offers kayak and canoe rentals. Stop in any time of year to get a delicious bite to eat at Aladdin’s Natural Eatery or sample some beer at Lock 32 Brewing Company. Shops like Mostly Clay offer artisan goods while Pittsford Lumber sells materials to do your own woodworking.

Life near the water flourishes, and this prosperous village is no exception.

Community Connections

Commerce and Education Draw People to the Area

Pittsford covers a smaller area than some of the surrounding towns, but that just means residents are closer to conveniences! Most of the neighborhoods feature gorgeous trees, and the houses are spread out enough to ensure residents don’t feel clustered in too tightly.

Because the town is slightly smaller than surrounding communities, it has a lot of contact with other towns. Students from the towns of Perinton, Penfield, Mendon, Brighton and Victor are mixed in with local kids. It’s a great way to stay in touch with other communities.

Kids aren’t the only ones coming to town! Pittsford Plaza caters to everyone. Glaze some pottery at Color Me Mine or catch a movie at Pittsford Cinema 9. You can visit Trader Joe’s to do your grocery shopping, or pick up some gorgeous hand-made goods at One World Goods’ fair trade marketplace.

Local options for incredible shopping, dining and entertainment experiences are in abundance in the village and town. And if you can’t find something to do in town, it’s a quick venture up the road to the city of Rochester, or a nearby drive to the Finger Lakes for a day at the beach or a wine tour. Residents will find that living here is a treat, with easy access to everything and friendly neighbors!

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