Naples, New York ... a ‘grape’ place to visit

Staff Writer
The Steuben Courier Advocate

The town was established in 1779 along with Ontario County, and settlement began the following year.

 The town, known at one time as "Watkinstown" (after Captain Nathan Watkins, a Revolutionary War veteran and early settler) and "Middletown," was finally given the name "Naples" in 1782.

Naples was not quickly settled due to its hilly terrain. Grapes, first planted in the 1760s, led to the modern grape and wine industry of the town and also led to the annual grape festival which began in 1861, one of which was broadcast on the World Food Network.

Courtesy of Wikipedia