the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The name Penn Yan is taken from “Pennsylvania” and “Yankee” in honor of its early settlers who migrated here in the 18th century. This unique and historic village has a variety of small businesses including Birkett Mills, which is Penn Yan’s oldest industry , established in 1797. The mill is the world’s largest producer of buckwheat products. Penn Yan is also known for its agricultural industry. The area produces a large variety of crops including corn, soy beans, grapes, apples and wheat. Because of the picturesque landscape, wineries, and Keuka Lake, travel and tourism are very popular in the area. Both of these industries are the foundation for Penn Yan’s economy. Penn Yan and Yates County are home to a large Mennonite community that help support the Penn Yan area with handmade goods, services and agriculture.
The community is also supported by a Penn Yan Public Library, Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Yates County ARC and Keuka College. All of these community partners help to make Penn Yan a wonderful environment for work, play and raising a family.
Penn Yan Central School District is comprised of three schools: Penn Yan Academy, Penn Yan Middle School, and Penn Yan Elementary School. The district population is 1,570 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to twelfth grade. The district employs 360 people, which includes instructional, support and transportation staff. The district has an operating budget of $32,600,000.