Yates County, New York
Businesses in the Town of Middlesex
From the History of Yates County, NY
published 1892, by L.C. Aldrich
pg. 475 - 476
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locality commonly called Vine Valley, in the town of Middlesex, is not only one
of the most interesting areas of the town, but it is one of the most fertile and
productive districts, especially in the staples, fruit and grapes, in the whole
Genesee county. By reference to the
chapter in this work which relates to the vineyards and their products, the
reader will learn something of the peculiar value of this valley as a grape
has been since its earliest settlement a peculiarly agricultural township and in
the pursuit of husbandry has the success of the town become established.
Half a century ago legitimate agriculture
was the only occupation of the people, but within the last quarter of a century
the farmer’s mind and calling has been diverted somewhat into other channels
of trade and following, in that the region bordering particularly on the lake
has been turned from farms into extensive vineyards.
For years the production of grapes and fruit has been far more pleasant
and agreeable to the landowner, and what is still better, more profitable. But this subject is made one of special and individual
mention in one of the early chapters of this work and therefore need not be
pursued further in this connection.
only settled locality in the town of any particular importance is that commonly
called Middlesex Center; which, as its name indicates, is located in the
geographical center of town. But
ever the Center has never acquired a sufficient population to entitle it to a
corporate municipal organization independent from the township at large. The Center has a population of perhaps 200 souls and its
business enterprise are confined to the neighboring saw and grist mills, the few
mercantile stores, and other necessary appendages of the settlement, the
blacksmith, harness, wagon, shoe and joiners’ shops.
But the Center has its well ordered and well governed school, and has had
three organized church societies, the Methodist Episcopal, the Baptist and the
Free Will Baptist.
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