In 1983, a Bushnell’s Basin Community Plan was jointly drawn up. The plan encouraged rehabilitation of buildings and an organized approach to future development while recognizing the unique nature of this canal hamlet and farming community.
Richardson's Tavern, potentially the largest bar in the East, was among the most well-known in the area. The tavern was scheduled for demolition in the 1960's, but Bushnell's Basin and Perinton saved it. It's now is the centerpiece for Bushnell Basin's historic district and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In the early 1900's the "Orange Limited Line" trolley, a private, high-speed, electric interurban (electric radial railway) served the communities between genesee valley and Canandaigua, Seneca, and Cayuga Lakes.  The trolley made several stops on it's trip to Canandaigua; including the Hamlet of Bushnell's Basin.  For the area, the Orange Line helped transform the Basin; providing a means of communicating with the real world and more efficient transportation to the surrounding communities. Today the Orange Line is gone but you can still see the remnants of the old interurban by visiting the NY State Transportation Museum in Rush, NY.  See the Basin train station which once occupied the Binder Building, in Bushnell's Basin or the cement bridge supports beside the Erie Canal just behind Richardson's Canal House.
During the construction of the Erie Canal(1821-23), many engineers and laborers lived, worked, and shopped in the confines of Hartwell Basin. William Bushnell, an entrepreneur, bought out the Hartwells and built a series of boatyards, warehouses, stores, and stables along the embankment. The expansion led to the area being newly referred to as "Bushnells Basin".
By 1820, John Hartwell and his son Oliver purchased land in southwest Perinton and constructed a store, warehouse, and boatyard. They also built an embankment for the canal to pass; the area quickly became known as Hartwells Basin.
In 1812, Ketchum Road was opened to provide a link between Canandaigua, Victor, and Rochester. Most of the commercial activity revolved around offering shops and taverns for travelers.