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History of Wheatland

Town Historian

Wheatland Historical Association


Located in Western New York, Wheatland was once the home of the Seneca Indians. When members of the Sullivan Campaign of the Revolutionary War came through this rich and fertile country, they decided to return after their discharge.

Wheatland's earliest settler was Ebeneezer "Indian" Allen who came in 1786, obtaining land through the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. Peter Sheffer and his family arrived in the fall of 1789 and spent the winter with the Allens. In 1790, they purchased the lands of Ebeneezer Allen while he moved to the site of Rochester to build the first mills there. The Sheffers became the first permanent settlers.

Isaac Scott came in 1790, purchasing approximately 150 acres of land which embraced most of the area which is now the Village of Scottsville. It was named in his honor.

Wheatland was originally a part of Ontario County (1789), then Genesee County (1802), and in 1821 it became part of Monroe County when it and Livingston County were formed from Genesee County. There are several hamlets in Wheatland including Garbutt, Mumford and Belcoda.

Mumford was first known as "McKenzies Corners," named after one of the owners of the first mill built there. It was later called "Slab City" because of the materials used in building the first houses. Later it became "Mumfordville" in honor of one of its prominent citizens. Finally it became Mumford.


As Town Historian, Barb is charged with keeping files on all types of historic materials pertaining to Wheatland from the earliest times of settlement to the present day.

Their services are available to assist researchers in genealogy and history and to provide information on economic, educational, environmental and governmental data which has been given to them for safe keeping.

Much of the information is quite extensive and detailed. It needs to be looked at individually to ascertain which parts pertain to the seeker's needs. This calls for personal scanning by the inquirer. The Town Historian's office is open on Tuesdays from 1 until 3 P.M. in the Wheatland Municipal Building. Other times are available by appointment please call 585-889-1553, extension 112 for more information.


Wheatland is a town rich is history and in 1972 a group of concerned citizens in an effort to help preserve that history formed the Wheatland Historical Association. The Association's mission is to promote, preserve and to display the historic nature of our Town.

The Association helps maintain the Skivington Local History Room in the Sage-Marlowe House.

For more information on the Association please call Kip Finley, President, at (585) 889-4574.