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Palmyra

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Palmyra is a town in Wayne County, New York, USA. The population was 7,975 at the 2010 census. The town is named after the ancient city Palmyra in Syria.The Town of Palmyra is on the south border of the county. The town contains a village also named Palmyra. The town is about southeast of Rochester, New York.HistoryThe prehistoric Adena Culture left mounds in the area.Palmyra was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.The Town of Palmyra, originally called "Swift's Landing" after its founder John Swift and "District of Tolland," was created in 1789. The sole local encounter between natives and white settlers that resulted in deaths occurred that same year. The present name was adopted in 1796, reportedly to impress a new school teacher. There were almost one thousand people in the town in 1800.The Erie Canal was completed up to Palmyra in 1822, although the canal was not completed to its western terminus until 1825. Palmyra is part of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.In 1823, the Town of Macedon was formed from part of Palmyra's territory as part of the creation of Wayne County from Ontario County.
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