It was in country villages that American society flourished. This was especially true in the Genesee Country where by the 1820’s and 1830’s, some forty hamlets and villages were providing economic services and other community functions for the flood of settlers who were clearing and developing its rich lands. Each village developed its own special character and history, but all supplied urgent needs, nurturing a thriving homespun society rich with creative energies.
Villages were located and built be enterprising pioneers who seized the opportunity to provide their fellow settlers with taverns, stores, mills, tanneries, and smiths, as well as churches, libraries and academies to fit their varied tastes.
The village of Pine Hill developed at the four corners where the lands of the early settlers, Asa Babcock, Charles Woodworth, John Wyllis and Thomas Davis met. It seemed a likely spot, with the cross roads, and the traffic passing through to the lake in the north and Batavia to the south.