Hamlin Beach became a State Park in 1938. During WWII, it served as a Prisoner of War Camp for close to 340 soldiers. These POWs were hired by local businesses to help work the farms and local food processing plants that suffered as high numbers of citizens went off to enlist in the war. Once the war was over, the camp was closed.
For more on Hamlin Beach State Park, read the Finger Lakes Travel Maven’s “Hamlin Beach State Park…Definitely a Day at the Beach.”