The Holland Land Company

Land Rich with Cash Poor Customers

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Today the Holland Land Office building is a museum at Batavia, NY.
Joseph Ellicott managed the 3.3 million-acre Holland Land Company tract that today is Western New York from this building in Batavia.  A large creek flows behind this building that - if Ellicott's plan had been accepted by the early Canal Commission - would have been the headwaters for the Erie Canal West of Rochester.  Fortunately, the decision-makers chose a route that relied on Lake Erie Water directly instead (learn more).
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