About Middlesex, New York
A legend of the Seneca tribe states that they
originated in a village Nundawao, near the south
end of Canandaigua Lake.
The first settlers arrived around 1789. The
town was formed in 1796 while still part of
Ontario County, New York. The town was known as
"Augusta" until 1808, when the name was changed
to "Middlesex" to avoid confusion with another
location named Augusta. When Yates County was
formed in 1823, Middlesex became part of the new
The Town of Potter was formed from part of
Middlesex in 1832, and more of Middlesex was
added to Potter in 1856.
According to the United States Census Bureau,
the town has a total area of 34.1 square miles
(88.2 km²), of which, 30.9 square miles
(79.9 km²) of it is land and 3.2 square miles
(8.3 km²) of it (9.42%) is water.
The western side of the town is defined by
Canandaigua Lake, and both the west and the
north town lines are the border of Ontario
County. Middlesex is in the Finger Lakes area of
New York State Route 364 intersects New York
State Route 245 (a north-south highway) at
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,345
people, 521 households, and 376 families
residing in the town. The population density was
43.6 people per square mile (16.8/km²). There
were 732 housing units at an average density of
23.7/sq mi (9.2/km²). The racial makeup of the
town was 98.74% White, 0.37% African American,
0.15% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% from
other races, and 0.45% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.22% of the
There were 521 households out of which 33.0%
had children under the age of 18 living with
them, 59.7% were married couples living
together, 8.1% had a female householder with no
husband present, and 27.8% were non-families.
22.3% of all households were made up of
individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone
who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.52 and the average family
size was 2.91.
In the town the population was spread out
with 25.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to
24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64,
and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The
median age was 41 years. For every 100 females
there were 100.7 males. For every 100 females
age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town
was $43,618, and the median income for a family
was $47,763. Males had a median income of
$34,464 versus $23,676 for females. The per
capita income for the town was $21,241. About
3.4% of families and 6.6% of the population were
below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those
under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.
Communities and locations in
- High Tor Wildlife Management Area -- A
conservation area in the southwest part of
- Middlesex -- The hamlet of Middlesex is
at the junction of NY-245 and NY-364 near
the center of the town. The West River flows
past the community.
- Overackers Corners -- A location at the
intersection of NY-364 and North Vine Valley
- Pine Corners -- A hamlet north of
Middlesex village on NY-245.
- Rushville -- The Village of Rushville
borders the northeast part of the town on
- Valley View -- A hamlet north of
Middlesex village and south of Pine Corners.
- Vine Valley -- A hamlet on the east
shore of Canandaigua Lake at the junction of
South Lake and North Vine Valley Roads.
- West River -- A stream flowing across
the town, eventually entering Canandaigua