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Corfu's Oldest Village – Guide and Where to Stay

Corfu Village NY | Corfu’s Oldest Village GR

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Yes, there are two Corfu’s, one in Greece and one in New York, USA. In researching about Corfu’s Oldest Village (Old Perithia in the north east of the island) we discovered about Corfu Village in New York which on uncovering its history, feels rather like reconnecting with an old friend.

Here is a little information on Corfu NY. With thanks for his contribution from the historian of  Corfu Village in New York,  Mr Allan Starkweather.

“Corfu is a small rural community located in Western New York State about 25 miles from Buffalo and 35 miles from Niagara Falls. It is in the township of Pembroke, most of the town has a Corfu address. Currently the village itself has 2 churches, 3 taverns, 3 restaurants, a school, and about 20 other businesses. There are several others within 5 miles of the village. The village itself has a population of 795 [2000 census]. It covers about 1 square mile.
What is now the Village of Corfu was first settled in 1807 [a youngster compared to your village in Old Perithia]. At first it was known as Longs Corners. In 1839 it received a post office. There already was a Longs Corners in New York State so the name had to be changed. The residents chose “Corfu” after the Greek island of that name. It is the only Corfu post office in the United States. In 1868 it was incorporated as the Village of Corfu. From the 1870’s-1990’s the main industry was the cultivation of flowers. At one time there were 6 greenhouse companies with about 20 greenhouses in Corfu. One of these companies was the largest importer of Holland tulip bulbs in the U.S. Now there are only two small companies left. The village is now mainly the home for people who work elsewhere.”

I’ll expand on the history of Corfu Village, and other ‘coincidences’ in an upcoming post – but hope this whets your appetite!

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Written by oldperithia

March 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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