Essential Details to Know About Lima, NY

Lima is a town in Livingston County, New York, and the population was 4,305 at the 2010 census. It is in the northeast part of the county, south of Rochester. The village of Lima is located within the town. Rochester, NY can be seen here.

Here are essential details about Lima. 

History of Lima

The town of Lima was organized in 1789 (before Livingston County was established) as the “Town of Charleston.” Still, it was renamed “Lima” in 1808 to reflect that many residents had come from Old Lyme, Connecticut, and to avoid confusion with the town of Charleston in Montgomery County, New York. The Genesee Wesleyan Seminary (1830) / Genesee College (1849) in Lima village was one of the first co-educational schools in the country when it first opened in 1822. Eventually, determined by a Methodist-Episcopal convention in 1870, the college was shut in favor of the newly developed Syracuse University (1871) over the protests of the residents of Lima. Click here to read about Ogden, New York, USA, Is a Unique Community.

Education in Lima

Public schools in Lima are in the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District and include Honeoye Falls-Lima Senior High School, Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School, and Manor Intermediate School. The Lima Primary School is in the district. The school mascot is the cougar. As of June 2009, Genesee Community College had started construction for one of its satellite campuses. The campus was expected to be finished and open for the fall 2009 semester. Elim Bible Institute is located in Lima village. It is a religious college that offers a two-year degree and certifications in religious study.

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