The City of Canadaigua was the site of the principal village of the Native American Seneca Tribe. It was located on West Avenue where the West Avenue Cemetery is today. On November 11, 1794, the Treaty of Canandaigua was signed there. The treaty was constructed in hopes of establishing peace and friendship between the United States of America and the Six Nations of the Iroquois and is still recognized by the federal government today.
In 1807-1808, Jessie Hawley, a flour merchant from Geneva, New York, who became an early and major proponent of building of the Erie Canal, spent 20 months in the Canandaigua debtors' prison. During that time he published fourteen essays on the idea of building the canal that were to prove immensely influential.
Illinois senator and 1860 Democratic Party presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas spent three years as a student at Canandaigua Academy.
In 1873, women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony was tried in the Ontario County Courthouse, located in the City of Canandaigua, for voting. She was found guilty and fined $100, which she did not pay.
Visit restaurants, hotels, shops, wineries, museums and other local businesses around Canandaigua Lake. It's a great place to add to your Finger Lakes Experience.
Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens, a Victorian mansion and 50 acres (200,000 m²) of gardens, is now a state historic park and is open to the public after payment of an admission fee from May through mid-October.
Kershaw Beach at the north end of Canandaigua Lake (Lakeshore Drive) is open to the public for a small fee.
At 116 Gorham Street is located one of the relatively few remaining Octagon Houses in New York, popular for a time in the state.
Every year just outside of town, in the town of Hopewell, New York a steam fair called the Pageant of Steam is held in August.
On the campus of Finger Lakes Community College is the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center.
Canandaigua Farmer's Market is located in the Beeman and Lafayette Street Parking Lot and runs from June through October.