About Perinton

About Perinton

The Town of Perinton is located on the Eastern border of Monroe County, adjacent to Ontario County. The Town is 12 miles East of Rochester, NY, 88 miles East of Buffalo, NY and 79 miles West of Syracuse, NY.

Bordering Monroe County towns include: East Rochester (West), Pittsford (West) and Penfield (North). Ontario County towns include Victor (South) and Macedon (East). Eastview Mall is in Victor, but only 4 miles from the center of Perinton.

The hamlet of Egypt – featuring Lollyop Farm – is in the Southeastern portion of Town. Bushnell’s Basin is a picturesque hamlet in the Southwestern portion of Town.

The Village of Fairport runs along the Erie Canal in the middle of Town.

The estimated population of 46,713 feeds 5 area school districts – Fairport, Victor, East Rochester, Penfield, and Pittsford.

In 1788, Oliver Phelps and Nathaniel Gorham purchased 2.6 million acres of land in the wilderness of Western New York. William Walker of Canandaigua purchased 36 square miles of the land and hired his brother Caleb and his cousin Glover Perrin (1762-1830) to survey and divide the land into 66 equal lots. The area was known as Township 12, Range 4, in the governmental unit of Northfield.

In 1793, Glover Perrin, his family, and his six siblings and their families, became the first permanent white settlers in the area. They settled in the flat and well-watered areas, specifically in the hamlet of Egypt and Perinton Center. Early commercial ventures included mills, blacksmith shops, taverns, and inns.

By the late 1820s, the village of Fairport, located within the town on the Erie Canal, was becoming a booming canal town. Fairport, however, was not incorporated as a village until 1867.

The town of Perinton, outside of Fairport, remained essentially rural until the 1950s. Today farms still exist in Perinton, but are surrounded by suburban subdivisions, office and industrial parks, and an impressive number of parks and open spaces. The village of Fairport still maintains the ambience of a canal town and capitalizes on the recreational aspects of that canal.

Fun facts

About Perinton

  • 46,713 residents
  • 17,591 households
  • 12,964 families
  • 34.6 square miles (34.2 square miles of land, 0.35 square miles of water)
  • 12 miles East of Rochester, NY
  • Named one of the top 100 best places in live by RelocateAmerica.com
  • Designated a Trail Town USA by American Hiking Association

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Festivals & Events

  • Center Stage Concert Series at Center Park (Sundays, July-September)
  • Gazebo Concert Series in Kennelley Park (Thursdays, June-August)
  • Fairport Canal Days (June)
  • Fairport Music Festival (August)
  • Fairport Oktoberfest (October)
  • Fairport Scarecrow Festival (October)
  • Halloween Parade (October)

Family Friendly Attractions

  • Perinton Community Center includes full gym, workout rooms, Olympic-size pool and Water Park.
  • More than 35 miles of hiking trails
  • Erie Canal pathway and docks
  • Humane Society’s Lollypop Farm
  • 15 parks with many amenities, including fishing, soccer, baseball/softball, basketball, volleyball, and tennis

Explore the Outdoors

  • Nearly 1,000 acres of land for parks, open space, and trails
  • Crescent Trails Hiking Association at crescenttrail.org

Hidden gems

  • Bushnell’s Basin is a hamlet in the Southwestern portion of Perinton. The Erie Canal winds through the hamlet, which includes boat docks with overnight facilities. The Bushnell’s Basin Fire Department is housed in the middle of the hamlet. Businesses include: Abbott’s Frozen Custard (right on the canal near the docks), The Basin Pub, Branca, Bruegger’s Bagels, Dunkin’ Donuts, Fruit & Salad Co., Hilton Garden Inn, Pontillo’s, Richardson’s Canal House, Seven Story Brewing, Speedy’s Cleaners, Tim Hortons and Tom Wahl’s.
  • Egypt is a hamlet in the Eastern portion of Perinton. Egypt Park, the Egypt Fire Department and the Humane Society’s Lollypop Farm are features of the hamlet. Businesses include: Mark’s Pizzeria, Egypt Chili, Park Ave Day Care East, Precision Pool & Spa and Goodwill Donation Center.
  • Fullam’s Corners is thriving corridor featuring Jefferson Avenue, O’Connor Road and 31F. Perinton Park is the largest landmark along the strip.
  • Macedon Center Road corridor includes many small businesses before heading into Macedon, Wayne County. The Fairport VFW Post 8495 is featured on this strip of Town.
  • The Whitney Road Corridor features many small businesses and restaurants just outside the Village of Fairport. The Whitney Town Center, which includes Steve’s Diner, is one of the most thriving business areas in Town.