Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What's a Penn Yan, anyway?

Location:   Penn Yan, New York
Year:   1799

The village of Penn Yan, on Keuka Lake (one of the Finger Lakes) was established by Jemima Wilkinson and a group of her religious followers during the Second Great Awakening. Originally called "Jerusalem" and then "Hope Town," the name Penn Yan was finally chosen because so many area settlers came either from Pennsylvania or were New England Yankees. 

The town has been a center for light manufacturing throughout its history; more recently, wine production has become a mainstay of the local economy. 

Beginning in the 1970s, Amish, Mennonite, and Dunker communities have been established around Penn Yan.    

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