** NOTICE ** The Town of Gaines website will be undergoing a redesign in the coming days and weeks. Some information may be out of date as this redesign occurs. Please pardon our dust!
The next regular Town Board meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on April 9th, 2018
New York State Parkway Survey
NEW: 2017 Town of Gaines Final Assessment Roll, click here
UPDATE: Gaines residents can now pay their water bills online using a credit card. This system allows you to pay your bills online using Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. A 2.45% convenience fee will be added to each transaction. Minimum service fee is $3.00. Please be assured that every precaution has been taken to ensure that your transactions are safe and secure. Click the button below to pay online.
Gaines residents can now view and print their tax bills online. Paid tax receipts are also available from 2008 through the present. Simply click the button below.
The Town of Gaines was formed from the Town of Ridgeway on February 14, 1816. It is 9 miles across from east to west and 3-3/4 miles across from north to south. It is located in the center of Orleans County just north of the Town of Albion. The Village of Albion's northern most part is in the Town of Gaines.
Village of Gaines: The village developed around the intersection of Ridge Road and the original Oak Orchard Road (today Rt. 279). The village was established in 1832.
West Gaines: This small community developed around the intersection of the Ridge Road and Kenyonville Road.
East Gaines: This community existed at the intersection of the Ridge Road and the Kent Road.
Five Corners: The intersection of three roads: Oak Orchard Road, Route 279 (Old Oak Orchard Road), and Bacon Road gave the name to this community.
Childs: This community developed around the intersection of the Ridge Road and the second meridian survey line of the Holland Land Company (today’s Rt. 98). It was originally referred to as Proctor’s Corners and then Fair Haven until its name was changed to Childs.
Gaines Basin: This hamlet developed on the Erie Canal where a turn basin was dug for canal boats to turn around in their direction of travel—it was the basin in Gaines.
Eagle Harbor: This village developed as a shipping site on the Erie Canal.