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Williamson

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Williamson is an Upstate New York town on the south shore of Lake Ontario in the northwest part of Wayne County, New York, in the United States. The population was 6,984 at the time of the 2010 census. The town is named after Charles Williamson, a land agent of the Pultney Estate. Its primary ZIP code is 14589, and telephone exchanges 589 and 904 in area code 315.The town has a hamlet (and census-designated place), also called Williamson. Government offices for the town are located there.HistoryThe area around Pultneyville — a hamlet on the town's Lake Ontario shore – was a frequent meeting ground for Iroqouis people. In 1788, the area became part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase, a 6000000acre tract of land sold to Oliver Phelps and Nathaniel Gorham by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.The first white settler, Daniel Russell, built a log cabin in Pultneyville in 1794. This hamlet briefly enjoyed prominence as one of the few ports in the area until the opening of the Erie Canal in the southern part of the county in 1823. It did continue to be an important Great Lakes port, however, well into the 19th century.
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