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Site of steamboat landing for goods and passengers from 1827 to 1935. Boats Ontario I and II were built here in 1845 and 1867.
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.
Excerpts from “It Started With a Steamboat: An American Saga” by Steven Harvey, read:
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