Greece was originally known as Northampton. The town was re-named ?Greece? because of the increased sympathy for the Greeks who had been fighting for independence from the Turks.
Early settlers took full advantage of Greece?s ideal location. Its proximity to Lake Ontario, the Genesee River and Erie Canal perfected its agricultural foundation in 1822. These bodies of water encouraged commerce and transportation. After World War I, Greece?s economy expanded and agriculture became less important.
Greece today is the gateway to recreational paradise. Nearby ski areas like Brantling and Bristol Mountain and state parks like Darien Lakes, Hamlin Beach, Oak Orchard Marine and Lakeside Beach cater to a variety of recreational needs. Locals partake in camping, biking, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling at Hamlin State Park. More adventurous residents hike Lake Ontario?s Waterfront Trail, which spans 218 miles.
Niagara Reservation State Park, a few hours away, is the home of the famous Niagara Falls, Prospect Point and plenty of islands. In addition, a scenic trolley, a discovery center and an observation tower enhance visitors? outdoor experience. Shoppers embrace the Greece Ridge Center Mall, which has numerous department stores and more than 200 specialty stores. Greece?s Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Museum and Rochester?s International Museum of Photography enrich the area?s culture and history. Students can choose from many local colleges and universities including Roberts Wesleyan College, University of Rochester and State University of New York College
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