Webster's past is a struggle for land. Population surges caused growth in some areas and population declines led some villages to be all but abandoned. The last 10 years have been a remarkable time of constant expansion in the area. Webster presently includes several important communities.
Some of those communities are:
Forest Lawn... northwest of town where many upscale homes and wealthy mansions are being built or renovated
Glen Edith... west side of town, on Irondequoit Bay where you'll find Glen Edith Inn and the historic old center of town
Union Hill... hamlet east of town; this area has had the least change in the last decade
West Webster... west of town where much of the new growth of homes and apartments and strip malls has occured
Webster Farmers' Market
Behind the Baptist Church in Webster, from June to October, you will find fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, local craftworks, and friendly Websterians on Saturday mornings.
There is a wide selection of freshly picked crops depending on the season. The pies and jams and honeys are always good. The artisans in the colorful striped tents are like any you find at local crafts shows; they are busy making more of whatever it is they are selling, so you can buy something or just stand and watch them do their thing.
to get there:
route 250 in webster (59 south avenue) just south of route 404 (main Street)
Webster Village Days
It is August and you are in Webster. Time for the Webster Village Days celebration.
The Webster Business Improvement Committee sponsors a festival on Saturday and Sunday to promote the local sales. (See the website below for the exact dates this year).
Fifty artisans line the Main Street ready to exhibit their crafts and sell their wares. Street carts of food and the local restaurants have plenty of things cooking to whet your appetite and quench your thirst. Performers will be singing and dancing at the town gazebo.
There are a whole list of activities (see the website below) like sand painting, martial art demonstrations, flea market, a young-ladies' fashion show, sand castle building, fishermens' demonstrations, etc. etc. Adults can enjoy the car show and kids can participate in sidewalk grafitti. If you are in good shape you can enter the chair race or the bed race for prizes.
See the website for parking.
Webster, NY (suburb of Rochester)
The year is 1812 and The Stage Coach Inn is opened in the open fruit farm country that would later be Webster, NY. Soon there were Presbyterian and Baptists churches near the tavern on Ridge Road and Nine-Mile Road and the name of the town was "North Penfield". By 1850, the German and Dutch immigrants who settled and farmed the land changed the name to "The Village". Commerce grew in the area which was near the main roads and the Erie Canal and the New York Railroad. By 1900, a trolley connected the village to the larger city of Rochester and as the area population grew, the village was incorporated into the town of Webster in 1905. With progress came more industry and money and facilities (Webster Gas, Webster Fire Department, fruit canning plants, basket plant, dried apple factory). During the depression the population and industry greatly reduced in Webster. A resurgence to the area came with the building of the Xerox installation in the 1950's. Fruit farming and Xerox are the main industries today but a population boom began in the 1990's as people spread out from the crowded Rochester area into the more-open spaces of Webster.
Official website for Webster is:
38000 inhabitants in 15000 households (60% of those are families). Household income is a substantial $60000 (and is rising dramatically recently due to the housing boom of the last 10 years).
my aunt used to live here for many years.
ZIPCODE 14580 is Webster in Monroe County
Area Code 585
fire department motto is: "WE ARE THERE WHEN YOU NEED US"
town motto is: Where Life Is Worth Living
A couple of famous singer/song-writers born in Webster are Lou Gramm of the band "Foreigner" and Wendy Williams of the "Plasmatics"
town named after local explorer and statesman Daniel Webster