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The Erie Canal brought many industries to Wayne County. The Clyde Glassworks produced window glass, jars, and bottles. In Lyons was the Lyons Pottery. The large crops of peppermint in the towns of Lyons and Galen were harvested and used to make peppermint oil at the Hotchkiss Oil Company in Lyons. The canal made it possible for these companies to receive the materials they needed to produce their products and to later transport the finished product.
|Early settlers discovered that the land in what is now Wayne County is good for farming. Fruits like apples, cherries, and pears were grown especially in the areas near the lake due to the influence of the lake on the local climate. Vegetables like potatoes, onions, and celery were grown on the low muckland. Savannah is where most of the larger muck farms are located, but they are found in many towns.||
Food processing is important to Wayne County. Fruits and vegetables are usually canned or frozen, but more fresh fruits are being shipped from Wayne County to other areas. Before factories, apples were preserved in local evaporators or dry houses, then shipped all over the world.
||Another important industry in Wayne County today is tourism. Visitors come to Wayne County each year to enjoy the many activities available all seasons of the year. Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario are favorite sites for sailing, power boating, and fishing. Boaters also enjoy traveling the Erie Canal and visiting the canal towns of Wayne County.|
In the winter visitors may downhill and cross-country ski, ice boat, ice fish, or snowmobile the trails of Wayne County. Wayne County also hosts many festivals, antique and craft fairs throughout the year.