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Penn Yan is an incorporated village in Yates County, New York, United States. The population was 5,159 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Yates County and lies at the north end of the east branch of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.The Village of Penn Yan is primarily in the Town of Milo, but a small section is in the Town of Benton. A smaller section is in the Town of Jerusalem. The Penn Yan Airport is south of the village. The name "Penn Yan" is a syllabic abbreviation of "Pennsylvania Yankee". It houses the Penn Yan Central School District.HistoryThe first frame dwelling at Penn Yan was built in 1799. The village became the county seat in 1823, when Yates county was created. It was incorporated in 1833.The first settlers were chiefly followers of Jemima Wilkinson (1753–1819), a religious enthusiast, born in Cumberland Township, Providence County, Rhode Island. She asserted that she had received a divine commission after surviving typhoid fever. Wilkinson preached in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. After obtaining a large tract (which was called Jerusalem in 1789) in the present Yates county, she founded the village of Hopeton on the outlet of Keuka Lake about a mile from Seneca Lake. Many followers settled there, and she lived there after 1790. Some of her followers left her before 1800, and the community gradually broke up.Penn Yan is in Finger Lakes. With our world travel planner, United States vacations can be built around trips to Penn Yan and other destinations in United States.
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