Newark (New York)
About five miles northwest of Newark is the hamlet of Hydesville, regarded by many as the birthplace of Spiritualism, in a home at the northwest corner of Parker and Hydesville Roads in the Town of Arcadia (Newark). Here, in Hydesville, stood a cottage where a peddlar was murdered, and where the Fox family came to live in 1847. On March 31, 1848, the two daughters of John D. Fox claimed they could communicate with the dead through a series of 'intelligible rappings.' Margaret Fox (1834-1893) and Kate Fox (1836-1892) soon took to holding seances in nearby Rochester, where their older sister lived. The rappings were thought to have been produced through a variety of tricks, including a snapping sound from their toe joints.
Biking, Hiking, and Fishing on the Erie Canal Path
There is a great section of the Erie Canal Path that runs from T. Spencer Knight Park to Swifts Landing Park. The path starts on the North side of the Canal in T. Spencer Knight Park and runs about 6 miles West to Swifts Landing. T. Spencer Knight Park is just northeast of the intersection of routes 31 & 88. It is a great trail for biking & walking. Lots of people also enjoy fishing along the canal. The Erie Canal Path goes all the way to Buffalo, NY but there are some unfinished sections. The path between Swifts Landing & Palmyra is still under construction.
Boating on the Erie Canal
Newark is a nice stop on the Erie Canal for boaters. Docking is free at T. Spencer Knight Park, along with electricity, water, laundry and shower facilities. The dock is very close to a movie theater, very cheesy mini golf, some restaurants, a pharmacy, and a discount grocery store. Wegmans, a much nicer grocery store is a 1.5 mile walk from the dock.