by Tim Munn
Contrary to its name, Shortsville New York has a long list of historical contributions. Once the gateway for early fur traders who navigated the many streams that would transverse the land, Shortsville would be settled in 1804 by Theophilus Short. Originally referred to as Short Mill, the rushing waters of the Canandaigua outlet would provide enough power to maintain four kinds of mills(flour, paper, woolen and a distillery). Later during the 19th and the early 20th century Shortsville would house three national manufacturers, the Empire Grain Drill Company(1850), the Shortsville Wheel Company(1889) and the Papec Farm Machinery Company(1909). Throughout history many Shortsville residents have achieved national recognition with the two most notable being Myron Mason Buck, Railroad inventor and founder of the worlds largest railroad supply house in St. Louis during the building of the Great Transcontinental Railroad, and Philip Bredesen, The 48th Governor for the State of Tennessee.
Information from the district website.
Manchester-Shortsville Central School, also known as Red Jacket, is a progressive school district located 30 miles southeast of Rochester at New York State Thruway Exit #43, in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. The Thruway exit near the geographic center of the school district provides easy access to the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the cities of Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo.
The District includes a K-5 elementary building and a 6-8 middle school and 9-12 high school on a centralized campus. Recognizing the changing nature of education and the need to utilize modern research, technology and learning theory, Manchester-Shortsville is committed to a strong and active program of staff development encouraging professional growth.
Red Jacket draws its students primarily from the villages of Manchester and Shortsville. These villages, in central Ontario County, are located near the northern shore of Canandaigua Lake with its beautiful parks and recreation facilities.
When you take Exit 43 off the New York State Thruway, you're on a gateway to Upstate New York's many treasured attractions. To the south on Route 21 discover Canandaigua Lake, one of the most scenic gems of the state's five Finger Lakes; the splendor of the rolling Bristol Hills and Valley for the sightseers of brilliant autumn colors and a major attraction for winter skiers; and the grape-growing mecca for New York State's fine wines. To the north on Route 21 you can journey to a number of nearby towns and villages bordering the historic Erie Canal; view some excellent vantage points of Lake Ontario; or visit Hill Cumorah. Only minutes away to the west on Route 96, you can test your luck at the popular 777 Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack..