It is so nice to see you back again for part 4 of our tour of Rochester, NY. If you missed one of the previous parts just hover over and click on “Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 1, Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 2 or Rochester, NY – Our Back-Yard part 3” and you’ll be up to speed. Please remember if you get lost just click on the “USA Through Our Eyes” heading and you will be brought back to the home page.
Our travels this week took us back to Holley, NY to Holley Falls located West of Rochester. It is not far from the Clarendon Falls we shared with you February 25th. Holley is a village in the town of Murray in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 1,811 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area. The village of Holley was incorporated in 1850. Originally named “Saltport”, the name was changed to honor Myron Holley, a commissioner of the Erie Canal. The village of Holley had, since 2007, hosted an annual “Hazzard County Squirrel Slam,” a squirrel hunt that raised funds for the village’s fire department. The event went off without incident for six consecutive years until the 2013 edition drew the sudden ire of a coalition of wildlife rehabilitators, animal rights activists and gun control advocates. The squirrels are still being sought after for their meat (taste like chicken) and pelts but Holley no longer calls their festivity by the same name.
To get to Holley Falls just take interstate 490 west to route 531 and follow that for 8 miles until it ends in Brockport. Continue route 31 west for 6 miles and follow it as it turns north, then west, then north again leading into the village of Holley. Holley Falls is one major waterfall, which is a 35-foot classic cascade over red Medina Sandstone and surrounded on each side by lush wooded landscape. Just above it is a split in the waterway that yields a few small drops. This place is truly a gem that few know about or if they do don’t make the time to see it. You probably already know but if you click on any of these photos you will be able to view them full screen as a slideshow. Enjoy.
Here is a little video of the Holley Waterfall, Holley, NY.
Here is a bit more trivia about Rochester, NY and the region,
- Captain America wouldn’t be around if not for Rochester native Joe Simon. Joseph Henry “Joe” Simon was an American comic book writer, artist, editor, and publisher. Simon created or co-created many important characters in the 1930s–1940s Golden Age of Comic Books and was born in Rochester, NY.
- The Pledge of Allegiance was written by native Francis Bellamy.
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