The City of Rochester, originally Rochesterville, grew up from the area around what we now call the High Falls. This 96 foot waterfall on the Genesee River drew a number of flour mills to the area in the early 1800’s. By the time the Erie Canal was built in 1825, Rochester was shipping tons of flour to New York City – thus the nickname, “Flour City”. As the milling industry declined toward the end of the 1800’s, the nursery business began booming. Due to the weather-modifying effects of Lake Ontario the area flourished as a center for seed companies and nurseries through the early 1900’s. Rochester then became known as the “Flower City.” Today, that same warming effect encourages grapes to ripen on the vines gracing the rolling hills of Western New York, the Finger Lakes region in which Rochester is located. This area boasts a thriving, award-winning, wine industry attracting crowds from all over the world for vineyard tours, wine-tastings and festivals. The lakes are rimmed with delightful small towns, first-class restaurants, hotels and shops.
In the 20th century, invention and industry combined to form Eastman Kodak Co., Bausch & Lomb, Xerox and Wegmans among others. In addition to the founders of these successful, world-renowned companies – George Eastman, John Bausch, Henry Lomb, Chester Carlson (Xerox) and John and Walter Wegman – many artists, politicians, activists and actors also hale from Rochester. A few of these include such notables as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Renee Fleming, Cab Calloway, Chuck Mangione and so many more! That a city this size continues to produce innovation and outspoken celebrity; dot.com industries and high-tech solutions would not have surprised its most-famous of residents: the innovative George Eastman.
Whether you’re new to the area or a native rediscovering the city, Rochester has so much to offer. Consider your next move to the city and give us a call for a tour of our properties. We’d be happy to share everything we love about Rochester with you!