Vol. XXV December 2007         Published by the Ontario County Historian *******************************************************************************

            The fall season has finally become winter, a time when many local societies take a break. There are still some great programs to attend, however.  Keep sending in your group’s schedule. Take some time to explore heritage as the winter months slow out pace.    




Jul 7-Dec 29:  Six-museum collaborative project entitled "Summer in the Finger Lakes" that examines the history of summertime leisure on Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka,
Owasco, and Seneca Lakes.  Each museum is hosting an exhibit that addresses a different aspect of summer in the Finger Lakes.  At Ontario County Historical Soc. and Geneva Historical Soc. museums.  For more information see:




Nov 17-Feb 24, 2008:  Miniature and dollhouse exhibit.  Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, NYS Rt 54, Hammondsport.  Normal museum hours.  Phone (607)569-2160.


Dec 9:  Celebrate the Christmas season in an old-fashioned setting at the Geneva
Historical Society’s annual Holiday Open House
.  2:00-4:00 PM. The 2007 Open House will include ornament making for children and their parents to enjoy,
refreshments, and music for the season. A special holiday tour of Balmanno Cottage will also take visitors back to Christmas in the 1960s. Tours will leave from the Prouty-Chew House at 2:30 and 3:30, and last about one-half hour.  Admission to the Holiday Open House is free of charge, as are all activities and refreshments. For more information about the program, please call 315-789-5151.


Dec 14:  Ontario County Historical Soc. holiday open-house.  6:00-9:00 PM.  All welcome.  55 N. Main St., Canandaigua.

View exhibits including "Mapping Western New York", shop for gifts in the Book Shop, refreshments and seasonal music.


Jan-Mar, 2008:  Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides - Sunday Afternoons at the Granger Homestead. This popular activity will be offered every Sunday afternoon 1:00-3:00 PM, weather permitting, on the grounds of the Granger Homestead, 295 North Main Street, Canandaigua. The Sleigh Ride season usually begins about mid-January and continues until mid-March providing Mother Nature gives us adequate snow cover and frozen ground.

Due to the unpredictability of weather, it is advised to call the Homestead (585)394-1472 on the weekends to listen to a recorded message about conditions and availability.

Adults $5.00, Children $3.00 (ages 4-12) and Children under age 4 Free - No reservations required.



Jan 16:  Ontario County Historical Soc. presentation of "R-Stuff."  Old photographic images of the People, Places and Events from Ontario County's Past.  Presented by photographic expert Michael Hagar of Museum Photographics.  Bring your historic photos to share.  7:00 PM.  At the museum, 55 N. Main St, Canandaigua.

Feb 6:  Ontario County Genealogical Soc. meeting at the Ontario County Historical Soc.  55 N. Main St.  Canandaigua.  7:00 PM.  All welcome.  Program by County Historian, Preston Pierce, "Histories of the Three Male Patriotic Societies Whose Membership is Based Upon Service in the Revolution."


Feb 19:  Clifton Springs Historical Soc. meeting at the Public Library.  Program on "Histgory of Tinsmithing" by Jim Nicoll, a tinsmith at Genesee Country Village.  Free and public invited.  7:30 PM.


Feb 20:  Ontario County Historical Soc. presentation of "R-Stuff."  Soutwest "Indian" Baskets from the collection of Mary Clark Thompson of Sonnenberg Gardens.  7:00 PM.  At the museum. 55 N. Main St, Canandaigua.




            Here are a couple of suggestions for winter reading or gifts for the holidays:


Cornplanter:  Chief Warrior of the Allegany Senecas, by Thomas S. Abler, was recently published by Syracuse University Press.  A biography of one of the most prominent Seneca leaders in the 1790s.  $19.95 in paperback.


Syracuse University Press has also published The Collected Seeches of Sagoyewatha, or Red Jcket, edited by Granville Ganter.  More than 50 speeches by one of the most famous Native American speakers.  $39.95 in cloth cover.




The NYS Office of Parks, RFecreation and Historic Preservation has notified the County Historian that the following properties will be considered by the State Review Board for nomination to the National and State Registers of Historic Places:


Farmers' and Merchants' Bank

(Geneva Savings Bank)

24-26 Linden St.



Smith Observatory and

Dr. William Brook House.

620 Castle St.




"Johnson Crossing" on Rt. 332.  Here, just down the road from Calvary Chapel, both the Rochester and Eastern trolley and the NYC Railroad crossed Rt. 332.  What a change in 75 years!  From the collection of the Ontario County Historical Society.




Intersection of Rt. 96 (Main St.) Victor and Plastermill Rd.  This photo from the "Rochester Images" collection of the Rochester-Monroe County Public Libraries shows the first bridge over the old Lehigh Valley RR mainline.  The third bridge in that location will shortly be replaced.


NYS Route 96 through the Town of Victor will shortly be under construction.  From Victor through Farmington the road has seen many changes in the past century.  The picture above was taken in 1920 and shows the intersection of Rt. 332 (branching off to the right) and Rt. 96.  This photograph, and some additional information, can be found on the "Rochester Images" website of the Rochester-Monroe County Public Libraries.




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