“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Corfu in Genesee County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Holland Purchase

Historic New York

The Holland Purchase Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Crumlish, June 26, 2011
1. The Holland Purchase Marker
Inscription. The Holland Land Company was organized by six banking firms in the Netherlands to purchase the unsettled land of western New York State. Their agent, Theophile Cazenove, in 1792-93 bought more than three million acres, known as the Holland Purchase. It included the area west of the “Transit Line,” located 13 miles east of here, from Lake Ontario to Pennsylvania. The purchase excluded a strip along the Niagara River and six reservations established for Indians.
Joseph Ellicott, the company's agent for more than 20 years, surveyed towns and planned roads and millsites. He laid out the city of Buffalo, promoted canal construction and dominated party politics in the area.
From its main office at Batavia, the company sold most of the purchase in 360-acre lots, exacting a small down payment. Many settlers faced difficulties in completing payments because of hardships in clearing the land and marketing farm products. Some disliked company policies and rioted against them in 1836. By 1837, the company had sold all its property.
From the Holland Purchase, have been formed four counties and parts of four others, comprising 129 rural and suburban towns and 11 cities, which in 1960 had a population of more than 1,600,000.
Erected 1963 by New York Education Department & Thruway
Wide view of The Holland Purchase Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Crumlish, June 26, 2011
2. Wide view of The Holland Purchase Marker
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
Location. 43° 0.714′ N, 78° 19.76′ W. Marker is near Corfu, New York, in Genesee County. Marker can be reached from Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway (Interstate 90 at milepost 397), 4.3 miles east of Alleghany Road (New York State Route 77), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located at the Pembroke Travel Plaza on the Governor Thomas E. Dewey (New York State) Thruway eastbound. The travel plaza is accessible from 48A (Pembroke). Marker is in this post office area: Corfu NY 14036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1.5 miles away); Old Buffalo Road Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Morrot's Boulder Amusement Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); General Ely Samuel Parker 1828-1895 (approx. 3.7 miles away); Town of Pembroke (approx. 4 miles away); 1800 Brick House 1963 (approx. 4.1 miles away); Town of Alabama (approx. 4.3 miles away); In Honor of the Men Who Served in the Great War (approx. 4.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. The Holland Land Purchase of 1792 - Buffalo, NY. (Submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Pioneer history of the Holland Purchase of western New York
The Holland Purchase Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
3. The Holland Purchase Marker
View of the historical marker at the Pembroke Travel Plaza.
. Embracing some account of the ancient remains, and a history of pioneer settlement under the auspices of the Holland Company; including reminiscences of the War of 1812; the origin, progress and completion of the Erie Canal, etc., etc., etc. (1850) (Submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
The Holland Purchase Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
4. The Holland Purchase Marker
View of the historical marker at the entrance to the Pembroke Travel Plaza.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 496 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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