Discovering Alexander, NY: A Journey of History and Charm
Skip to Main Content

Discovering Alexander, NY: A Journey of History and Charm

by Lauren Humphrey

Embark on a journey to a realm of rich heritage and culinary wonders as we unveil the tale of Alexander, NY. Named after its visionary founder, Alexander Rea, the town's origins date back to 1802 when Rea acquired 28.1 acres for a mere $56.20! His pioneering spirit led to the creation of Walnut Street and Route 98. In 1812, the town of Alexander officially came into being, etching its place on the map. Set your compass toward a destination that promises an exquisite blend of delicious bites, immersive history, and idyllic landscapes.

A Nostalgic Shopping Spree at Baldwin’s Country Store

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the nostalgia of Baldwin’s Country Store. This local bulk store is more than just a shopping destination; it's an experience that connects you with the essence of a quintessential hometown venture. From baking essentials to irresistible candies and pickled treats, the store offers a treasure trove of delights. The full-service deli showcases locally cultivated beef and pork, while fresh produce and seasonal fruits add a touch of freshness. And don't miss out on their renowned beef on weck and the delightful ice cream parlor for a perfect ending to your visit.

Tasty Eats at J Dub’s Pizza and Subs

Indulge in a pizza paradise at J Dub’s Pizza and Subs. Experience an enticing menu of mouthwatering pizzas, tantalizing subs, crisp salads, and their locally-renowned signature fish fry. Each bite unfolds a symphony of flavors, whisking you away to a realm of ultimate satisfaction. For all food aficionados, this Alexander gem is an essential culinary pilgrimage.

Immersive Exploration at Randall’s Maple and WNY Gas & Steam

For those seeking immersive experiences, Alexander has you covered. At Randall’s Maple, dive into the authentic flavors of NYS Maple Syrup. Take a tour of the sugarhouse, witness captivating maple syrup-making demonstrations, and even climb aboard an antique caboose for a truly unique adventure. Visit in March during NYS Maple Weekend; when maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their “sugar houses” to experience firsthand how pure, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made. 

The WNY Gas & Steam Association's annual rally is a testament to the rich heritage of farming equipment. With exhibits showcasing antique tractors, steam engines, and gas engines, this event takes you on a journey through over a century of history. From track pulling to live demonstrations and classic fair foods, the rally is held annually beginning the Thursday before Labor Day each year and offers four days of excitement! Check their website for additional events that promise to keep you engaged and entertained year-round.

Charming Discoveries at Vintage Cow Farmer’s Market and Alexander Museum

Experience the Vintage Cow Farmer’s Market, a haven born from a shared passion for Jersey cattle. This destination offers not just fresh produce and locally sourced treasures, but also a slice of community spirit. Don't miss out on their custard ice cream and other delightful offerings.

For history buffs, the Alexander Museum is a true gem. Housed within a unique cobblestone town hall, Alexander has the only three-story cobblestone building built for educational purposes in North America and the only known cobblestone building used as a Town Hall. This museum offers a captivating journey into the past. Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of old phones, record players, and typewriters that bridge eras. The collection of farm and work tools paints a vivid picture of days gone by, allowing you to connect with history in a tangible way.

Alexander, NY, is a hidden gem that beckons travelers with its array of delights and discoveries. From immersive exploration and comfortable stays, this destination promises an unforgettable experience that caters to all preferences. So why wait? Embark on a journey to Alexander and create memories that will last a lifetime. Your next adventure awaits!

Get your FREE Genesee County

Vacation Planner

Stay Connected

Sign up for our FREE email Newsletter