200 Years Young

200 Years Young

Many know that 1834 is celebrated as the year of Rochester’s birth. Centennial celebrations were held in 1934 and sesquicentenial celebrations in 1984. April 28, 1834, does indeed mark the act incorporating Rochester as a city. But before a city can be created…it takes a village.

In the late winter of 1817, Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, representing the growing community at the Falls of the Genesee, carried a petition from the Village Incorporation Committee to Albany On March 21, 1817, the New York State Legislature passed “An Act to incorporate the village of Rochesterville, in the county of Genesee.” Thus, the first government of what would eventually become Rochester was formed for the 700 or so people living on the west side of the river.

Later that year, the trustees of the new village adopted a village seal. Young Lion has adapted this long forgotten emblem and will be introducing new art and other items over the course of the year. Check back for updates on this 200th birthday celebration!