Victor, NY, a quiet town in Ontario County with around 14,275 residents, is named after an American hero of the War of 1812, Claudius Victor Boughton. The village also has that name - Victor.
While it is only a twenty-one-minute drive to Rochester, NY (the third-largest city in the state) and an hour from downtown, Victor has managed to retain the small-town feel.
Victor, NY is a well-kept secret, a village with a climate to be envied. It's the kind of place you'll want to come to and never leave. If there ever was such as thing as an ideal American village, it would be Victor.
See more here to get to know the town a little bit more.
Places to Visit
Victor is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, which has the perfect climate for growing grapes. This part of NY State also boasts a 4-mile strip of vineyards that line Seneca Lake's northern banks.
The town of Victor has several Revolutionary and Civil War sites. It houses a local museum, the Boughton House, that exhibits relics from this period like Colonel Boughton's sword reputed to have been used in battle and an antique rifle owned by his grandson.
Abundance Farm on Route 96, just outside of Victor village, is a nonprofit organization that grows more than 1,000 rare fruits and vegetables. This farm harvests its surplus to distribute locally through Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA).
The Federalist Revival-style building, built in 1839 for Charles Ruggles, served as a post office and was also home to local lawyers and doctors.
Once a general store, post office, inn, and stagecoach stop in 1816, the Old Stone Store is restored with many original features, including the hand-hewn beams and pegged flooring.
Other areas of interest are the Old Presbyterian Church, built in 1810 and is on the National
Register of Historic Places; Oak Ridge Cemetery, which has monuments dedicated to Civil War soldiers; and St. John's Episcopal Church, notable for its carved mahogany wainscoting.
Amish shopping can be enjoyed at Country Junction (Route 96) near the Oak Ridge exit on Route 96. The store, open every day from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., is a favorite stop for locals and tourists alike.
Food and Entertainment
Explore the many local restaurants that feature cuisines from all over the world.
David's Pizza is a popular local establishment that serves pizza, calzones, and subs. They offer meatball parmigiana, Italian sausage, salads, and appetizers such as garlic bread with cheese, stuffed mushrooms, and deep-fried pickles.
Restaurants in the area include Applebees, Longhorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Chili's Bar & Grill, and Maggiano's Little Italy.
Victor, NY, is rich in culture. Every Saturday night from May through September, there are free concerts on the Village Green at 7 p.m., presented by Victor Main Street Programs.
Previous performers at the Green include rock band America, The Smithereens, Billy Squier, and The Marshall Tucker Band.
Seasonal activities include the Victor High School graduation ceremony (in June), Victorian Festival (in May), Independence Day Parade (in July), and Holiday Tree Lighting/Carolers' Stroll (in December).
Who wouldn't want to visit Victor? With its pleasing climate, rich culture, and peaceful environment, no wonder Victor is part of the list of best places to live in Upstate New York.