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The Seneca Indian village of Onnaghee (or Onaghee, aka Snyder-McClure village) was located in Hopewell and was abandoned sometime before 1750.

The Town of Hopewell settled beginning in 1789 and was originally part of a tract of land first called "District of Easton" then "Lincoln," and was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase of 1788.

In 1807, the name of the town was changed again, this time to "Gorham," in honor of Nathaniel Gorham. The Town of Hopewell was formed out of the northern section of the Town of Gorham on March 29, 1822. (History Of Ontario County, New York V2 (1893) [Lewis Cass Aldrich, George Stillwell Conover)

The Town of Hopewell strives to be a premiere community in Ontario County and the Finger Lakes Region, providing a high quality of life to its residents and an attractive location for appropriate economic development. Hopewell recognizes and understands that the primary reason people desire to live in our community is directly related to its rural quality of life, open space, and our active and vital agricultural community. It is our goal to preserve agricultural lands for our future generations.

Hopewell is home to New York State Pageant of Steam, Finger Lakes Community College, and Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC).