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7120-7152 New York 21
Naples, NY
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Woodville
Site of steamboat landing for goods and passengers from 1827 to 1935. Boats Ontario I and II were built here in 1845 and 1867.

Erected

By the South Bristol Historical Society — 2008

What was there

The village and boat docks of Woodville, which served as the port for Naples to the south. The Woodville community of the 19th century was well-known for its handcrafted boats.  Up until 1925, when the “Maxfield Cut” road project was completed, Woodville was only accessible from the north by boat. This massive cut into the shale and limestone cliffs of the lake valley opened up the village to traffic coming from Bristol Springs and boosted tourism in the area. It was considered to be the largest road construction project of its day. The road, along with the arrival of the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Naples, led to the decline of the commercial boating industry on Canandaigua Lake.

What is there now

Cottages; a private marina; a restaurant; a small park with picnic tables (Woodville Community park), and a NY State fishing access site. State Rt 21 runs through the Maxfield cut and Woodville.

More information

Excerpts from “It Started With a Steamboat: An American Saga” by Steven Harvey, read:

Woodville, to the south was the shipping port for lumber that was cut there and shipped up the lake to built(sic) homes in Canandaigua. Woodville also served as the shipping port for the village of Naples a few miles south of the lake. Most of the shipping on the lake consisted of rafts of lumber and seasonal cargo from Naples valley bound for Canandaigua and manufacturing goods bound for Woodville and the village of Naples.
Mayor J. Clark of Naples built a wharf and steamboat hotel at Woodville to handle passengers coming down the lake on the new steamer. It was hoped that the Lady of the Lake would help bring in people that would make their homes on these majestic waters.

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Matthew Conheady



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