Wayne Village is in the northeast part of Steuben County with part of it in Schuyler county. Wayne township is situated upon Lake Keuka on the east border of the county. It was formed as Fredericktown, March 18,1796, and its name was changed to Wayne, in honor of Gen. Anthony Wayne, on April 6, 1808. Reading, was taken off in 1806, Orange in 1813 and Barrington and Tyrone in 1822. Reading and Orange have since been added to Schuyler county, and Barrington and Tyrone to Yates county. A part of the township of Wayne was annexed to Tyrone, April 17, 1854. The surface of the town is a rolling upland from four to five hundred feet high, forming a plateau of rich and well cultivated farms and descending abruptly to the lake, on the west and north. The northern end of the town alone the lake shore being opposite the highlands of Pulteney and sheltered by them from the northwest and west winds, is particularly adapted to fruit, and contains some of the finest vineyards in the grape-growing section of the county. The soil is a slaty and gravely loam, resting upon a sub-soil of hard-pan. Lake Waneta, lying upon the east border is, a beautiful sheet of clear water, three miles in length by half a mile in width. Lately it has been demonstrated that the town in the vicinity of this lake is well adapted to the culture of grapes as that portion along Lake Keuka. In some seasons the fruit has ripened a week earlier at lake Waneta

By Dolores A Kirch

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