Near Corfu in Genesee County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Holland Purchase
Historic New York
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
Erected 1963 by New York Education Department & Thruway Authority.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Historic New York State series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
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. 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). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corfu NY 14036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away); Site of First Permanent Settlement (approx. 2.6 miles away); Old Buffalo Road Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Morrot's Boulder Amusement Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); Schafer Farms (approx. 3.7 miles away); General Ely Samuel Parker 1828-1895Town of Pembroke (approx. 4 miles away); Birthplace of Emory Upton (approx. 4 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. 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,036 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on August 10, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.