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Honeoye Falls
Small waterfall on Honeoye Creek
Small waterfall on Honeoye Creek
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York.
Location in Monroe County and the state of New York.
Location of New York in the United States
Location of New York in the United States
Country United States
State New York
County Monroe
Township Mendon
Incorporated 1791
 • Total 2.60 sq mi (6.72 km2)
 • Land 2.54 sq mi (6.59 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
668 ft (204 m)
 • Total 2,674
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,082.97/sq mi (418.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 585
FIPS code 36-35364

Honeoye Falls ( hun-EE-oy) is a village within the town of Mendon in Monroe County, New York, United States. The population was 2,674 at the 2010 census. The village includes a small waterfall on Honeoye Creek, which flows through the village and gives it its name. The name Honeoye comes from the Seneca word ha-ne-a-yah, which means lying finger, or where the finger lies. The name comes from the local story of a Native American whose finger was bitten by a rattlesnake and who therefore cut off his finger with a tomahawk.


The Village was founded in 1791 by Zebulon Norton when he purchased 1,820 acres (7.4 km2) of land for the price of 12½ cents per acre. He built a grist mill and later a saw mill, at a waterfall on Honeoye Creek. The area was originally known as Norton Mills. In 1827, Hiram Finch built a second mill, which would come to be called the Lower Mill to differentiate it from the earlier mill. On May 17, 1973, the Lower Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Honeoye Falls Village Historic District, St. John's Episcopal Church, Totiakton Site, and United States Post Office are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Village presidents and mayors
Name Title Term Name Title Term
Harry Allen President 1838
James Heath President 1918–1923
Henry Lockwood President 1839 James S. Brown President 1924–1925
Edward Downs President 1840 F.F. Jobes President 1926
Stephen Barrett President 1841–1842 William Despard Mayor 1927
Richard Ostrander President 1845–1864 Basil Moore Mayor 1953–1963
C.R. Hyde President 1867 Bernard Drowne Mayor 1963–1968
William Burberry President 1868 Squire Kingston Mayor 1969–1971
J.F. Kellogg President 1870–1872
William E. Clark Mayor 1972–1973
W.G. Starr President 1873 William Mantegna Mayor 1973–1981
Milo Case President 1884 Mary Louise Meisenzahl Mayor 1981–1990
W.R. Yorks President 1887
Anne R. Morton Mayor 1991 – October 2000
Seymour Pierce President 1888
Stephen R. Gustin Mayor October 2000 – 2005
H.A. Tripp President 1889 Richard B. Milne Mayor 2005 – present
J.W. Flick President 1890
John Martin President 1894
William Lay President 1897
Martin Pierce President 1899–1900
A.H. Holden President 1906
Levi Hill President 1907–1914
C.S. Lange President 1915–1917

Honeoye Falls experienced an epidemic of scarlet fever in April 1893.


The village is located on the falls of Honeoye Creek. It is the primary outlet of Honeoye Lake.

Honeoye Falls is located at 42°57′23″N 77°35′14″W / 42.95639°N 77.58722°W / 42.95639; -77.58722 (42.956331, −77.587353). The village is in the most southeastern corner of Monroe County, about 13 miles outside of the City of Rochester.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 921
1880 1,098 19.2%
1890 1,128 2.7%
1900 1,175 4.2%
1910 1,169 −0.5%
1920 1,107 −5.3%
1930 1,187 7.2%
1940 1,274 7.3%
1950 1,460 14.6%
1960 2,143 46.8%
1970 2,248 4.9%
1980 2,410 7.2%
1990 2,340 −2.9%
2000 2,595 10.9%
2010 2,674 3.0%
2019 (est.) 2,754 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,595 people, 1,114 households, and 672 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,000.3 inhabitants per square mile (386.8/km2). There were 1,156 housing units, with an average density of 445.6 per square mile (172.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.15% White, 1.00% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Out of 1,114 households, 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 24.2% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $47,413 and the median income for a family was $66,818. Males had a median income of $46,136 versus $35,299 for females. The per capita income for the village was $27,987. 2.5% of the population and 0.6% of families were below the poverty line. 2.3% of those under the age of 18 and 4.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Quick summary:

  • Males (44.5%), Females (55.5%)
  • White (96.5%), Hispanic (1%), Black (1%), Two or more races (.7%)
  • Median resident age – 41.2 years old
  • Median household income in 2000 – $47,413
  • Median house value in 2000 – $123,500


  • Autumn Festival of Ales – Custom Brewcrafters annual tasting of beers they produce


Public schools in Honeoye Falls are part of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District. Schools within the village include Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School, Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School, and Manor Intermediate School. The Lima Primary School is in the district but located in the Town of Lima. The School mascot is the Cougar.

93.2% of the population 25 years and older hold a high school diploma or higher, 43.5% a bachelor's degree or higher, and 16.4% a graduate/professional degree.

Notable people

  • David Francis Barry, 19th century photographer of the American West
  • Truddi Chase, author of "When Rabbit Howls"
  • Charles A. Goheen, Medal of Honor recipient for the American Civil War
  • Marty Reasoner, hockey player

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