Wayne County celebrated its 200th anniversary with a series of events on Tuesday, including a Founders Day ceremony in Lyons, which featured performances and tributes showcasing local pride. The county plans to host additional events throughout the year to honor this significant milestone.
Phil Eygnor, Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors, emphasized the importance of reflecting on the county’s rich history and the achievements of its residents over the years. Eygnor’s own family has been in the area since the early 1800s.
Brian Stratton, Director of the NYS Canal Corp, highlighted the role of the Erie Canal in the county’s early development. The canal, which opened two years before the county’s establishment, facilitated the transportation of apples and agricultural products and spurred the growth of towns along its route.
A complete schedule of upcoming bicentennial events is available on the county’s website.
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