Our Village


Ebenezer Allen, one of the first white settlers west of the Genesee River, came to the Genesee country in 1782 following the Sullivan campaigns. Allen left Mt. Morris and settled on Oatka Creek in 1786, near what is now the Village of Scottsville. In 1789, he sold to Peter Sheffer. Allan was the famous and "infamous" Indian-Allen who established a gristmill at the falls of the Genesee and thus founded the first Rochester industry. In 1790, settler Jacob Schoonover arrived in the Genesee country. His daughter, in the same year, met and was married to Peter Sheffer's son. This was the first marriage between white people west of the Genesee River. Isaac Scotts, after whom the Village is named, came in the same year and purchased 150 acres of land from the Wadsworths, which covered most of present day Scottsville. His log house stood at the southwest corner of Main and Rochester Streets.

This beginning made Scottsville one of the oldest permanent settlements west of the Genesee River. It forms part of the Town of Wheatland and its history is well told in Slocum’s Wheatland and by Carl F. Schmidt in his History of Wheatland (1953). Scottsville’s history is richly associated with the development of western New York. Its fine old homes and traditions are part of the best of the American landscape. Scottsville is a quiet, charming and restful residential village of which all who are privileged to live here are justly proud. With an enviable past, it has never stood still. Its future will equally be part of American growth.