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Fredonia, New York

The selectable maps and pictures below show facts related to Fredonia, New York. Fredonia is a village in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. The population was 11,230 as of the 2010 Census.

The Village of Fredonia is in the Town of Pomfret south of Lake Erie. The village borders the City of Dunkirk and is the home of the State University of New York Fredonia (in the northwest part of the village).

Fredonia is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.


The area which is now Fredonia was most likely first occupied by early Mound Builders, then the Eries (13th to 17th centuries), then the Iroquois (that is, the Seneca). In 1791, Robert Morris purchased the Fredonia land from Massachusetts and sold it to the Holland Land Company. Parcels were sold to pioneers around 1800, and the first settlers came around 1803 or 1804.

In 1821, William Hart dug the first well specifically to produce natural gas in the United States in the Village of Fredonia on the banks of Canadaway Creek in Chautauqua County, New York. It was 27 feet deep, excavated with shovels by hand, and its gas pipeline was hollowed out logs sealed with tar and rags. It supplied enough natural gas for lights in two stores, two shops and a grist mill (currently the village's Fire Station) by 1825. Expanding on Hart's work, the Fredonia Gas Light Company was eventually formed in 1858, becoming the first American natural gas company. The site of the first gas well is marked by a stone monument in downtown Fredonia.

The Village of Fredonia was incorporated in 1829. The original name for the area was Canadaway (from the Indian word Ganadawao, meaning among the hemlocks). The name "Fredonia" was coined by Samuel Latham Mitchill, coupling the English word "freedom" with a Latin ending. He proposed it as a replacement name for the United States. It failed in that regard, but became the name of many towns and cities (Stewart, pg. 173).

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Fredonia High School (New York) (0 km)

Fredonia High School is a public high school in Fredonia, New York. The Fredonia Central School District owns two campuses, Wheelock and the Main Campus, but the entire student population is currently at the Main Campus due to declining enrollment. The Wheelock building housed the entire school district until there was not enough room for the large incoming classes. When the school was at Wheelock, Fredonia's mascot was the Hilltopper, but after moving to the current location, the High School's mascot is the Hillbilly.

WDOE (3.11 km)

WDOE is an AM radio station located in Dunkirk, New York. It is owned by Alan Bishop and George Kimble, who also own sister station WBKX in Fredonia, and operates on a frequency of 1410 kHz. On December 7, 2012, WDOE began simulcasting on an FM translator at 94.9 MHz. WDOE operates a mostly automated oldies/adult standards format, with a local newsman, Dave Rowley. Dan Palmer hosts the morning show from 6:00-9:00 AM, and Dave hosts "Viewpoint," a daily 15-minute public affairs program.

Laona, New York (3.16 km)

Laona is a hamlet in Chautauqua County, New York, United States, near the village of Fredonia. It is part of the town of Pomfret, New York and New York State Route 60 runs through it. Laona is at an elevation of 850 ft (259 m) above sea level. Laona has been an area of importance to Spiritualist groups since the mid-19th century. Spiritualism began there in the winter of 1844-45 and over the next several years, a number of mediums converged there. The Laona Free Association organized soon after 1850 and the First Spiritualist Society of Laona was formed in 1855.

List of power stations in New York (5.69 km)

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