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Canandaigua is a city in Ontario County, New York, of which it is the county seat. The population was 11,264 at the 2000 census. The name Canandaigua is derived from the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) word "Kanandarque" which means "chosen spot."

Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens, a Victorian mansion and 50 acres of gardens, is now a state historic park and is open to the public after payment of an admission fee May thru mid-October.


Canandaigua was the site of the principal village of the Seneca. The Seneca village of Canandaigua was located on West Avenue and stood where the West Avenue Cemetery is today.

On November 11, 1794, the Treaty of Canandaigua was signed in the town. The treaty was constructed in hopes of establishing peace and friendship between the United States of America and the Six Nations of the Iroquois and is still recognized by the federal government today.

In 1807-1808, Jessie Hawley, a flour merchant from Geneva, New York, who became an early and major proponent of building of the Erie Canal, spent 20 months in the Canandaigua debtors' prison; during this time he published fourteen essays on the idea of building the canal that were to prove immensely influential.

Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas spent three years as a student at Canandaigua Academy.

In 1873, women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony was tried in the Ontario County Courthouse, located in the City of Canandaigua, for voting. She was found guilty and fined $100, which she did not pay.

1945: Canandaigua Wine Company is founded by Marvin Sands. The company undergoes rapid expansion through acquisitions in the 1980s & 90s. The companies eventually join together to form Constellation Brands and becomes the world's largest wine & spirits distributor. In 2006, Canandaigua Wine Company rebrands as Centerra Wine Co.

On March 14, 2006, President George W. Bush came to Canandaigua Academy, the public high school, to talk about Medicare Part D for senior citizens and pointed at Joseph James Micheal Mosher.

Canandaigua is home to one of the relatively few remaining Octagon Houses in New York, popular for a time in the state.


Jason Hawes, founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, as well as the Sci Fi Channel's hit series Ghost Hunters
Myron Holley Clark, Governor of New York (1855-1857)
John Raines, NYS senator
Ryan Lochte, American Olympic swimmer was born here.

Danny Wegman, Founder of Wegmans

Points of Interest

Sonnenberg Gardens
Granger Homestead


Canterra Wine Country

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