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

            Our normally wonderful fall season is even better than usual this year.  There are many great  programs to attend.  Keep sending in your group’s schedule.  Take some time to enjoy exploring our shared heritage.    




Jul 7-Dec 29:  "From Steamboat Landing to State Park: Public Access in the Finger Lakes." Exhibit at Geneva Historical Soc., 543 S. Main St., Geneva.  Free.


This exhibit is part of a 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. The other five exhibits are: "From Sacred to Stereotype and Back Again: Tourist Presentations of Native Americans in the Finger Lakes" at the Cayuga Museum of History and Art in Auburn; "From Toddler to Teenager: Growing Up on Vacation" at the Chemung Valley History Museum in Elmira; "From Lifeguard to Wine Pourer: Summer Work in the Finger Lakes" at The History Center in Tompkins County in Ithaca; "From Camp to Cottage: Finger Lakes Summer Homes" at The Ontario County Historical Society in Canandaigua; and "From Lake Trout to Grape Pie: Summer Food in the Finger Lakes" at the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society in Penn Yan.


For more information about this exhibit or project, call the Geneva Historical Society office at 315-789-5151 or visit the project website at:


Aug 1-Fall:  Phelps Historical Society “Harvest Food, Festivals and Fun” exhibit at Howe House museum, 66 Main St., Phelps.  Free and all welcome.


Mount Hope Cemetery tours by the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery.  1133 Mt. Hope Avenue. Rochester, NY 14620. Call (585) 461-3494 for more information or visit the website:  <www.fomh.org>

Free Guided Walking Tours of Mount Hope Cemetery.  May through October.  Saturdays at 1pm; Sundays at 2:00 PM & 2:30 PM.  Tours begin at the north cemetery gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue (opposite Robinson Drive).  Learn about Mount Hope’s historic "residents," interesting geology, art & sculpture, and more.  A free reception with lemonade and cookies follows each tour.

Twilight Tours:  $4/person · Free for members of the Friends of Mount Hope

Special Theme Tours

$4/person · Free for members of the Friends of Mount Hope.  Check tour descriptions for location. Tours last approximately two hours, followed by free lemonade and cookies.

Sep 8-Oct 27:  Ontario County Historical Soc. Exhibit, “Bugatti:  History in Miniature.  A temporary exhibit in conjunction with the American Bugatti Club’s Finger Lakes visit.  Featuring over 100 historic model Bugatti automobiles.

Regular hours.


Oct 6-7:  Cumming Nature Center Timber Sports Demonstration and Competition.  Oct. 6 set-up and demonstration.  10:00 AM-3:00 PM.  Oct. 7 competition.  10:00 AM-5:00 PM.  College woodsman teams from FLCC, Paul Smith's College, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse), SUNY-ESF Ranger School (Wanakena) compete.  Gulick Rd. Naples.

Oct 10:  Second book discussion with Henry Maus.  Sponsored by Ontario Co. Historical Soc. and Wood Library in Canandaigua.  At the library.  Call (585) 394-4975 for information.

Oct 11:  Narrated boat trip around northern half of Canandaigua Lake with Preston Pierce, County Historian.  Call Ontario County Historical Soc, 394-4975, for details and reservations.

Oct 16:  Honeoye Area Historical Soc. Meeting and program by hil Goetzman, “The History of Clark Rix, Member of Co. K in New York 44th Volunteer Cavalry—Civil War.”  7:30.  At the Masonic Temple, West Lake Rd.  Honeoye.

Oct 17:  Granger Homestead Women's Council Fall Luncheon at 12 Noon.  At the Inn on the Lake followed by a program by Elaine Kennedy “Kitchen Utensils that Grandma Used”. Luncheon menu choices are Chicken Caesar Salad and Tuna Wrap, dessert and beverage.  $14.00 with advance reservation. Call (585)394-1472 or e-mail: <info@grangerhomestead.org> before October 12th. Contact: Sherrill Parsons

585 394-1472

Oct 17:  Ontario County Historical Soc. "R Stuff" program featuring quilts in the museum collection.  At OCHS.  55 N. Main St.  Canandaigua.  7:00 PM.

Oct 18:  Farmington Historical Soc. Meeting at the Town Hall.  1000 Co. Rd. 8.  County Historian, Preston Pierce will present “Danger Close:  Ontario County and the War of 1812.”  7:00 PM.  All welcome.

Oct 18:  East Bloomfield Historical Society program, "Crossing the Greenland Ice Cap,” with Elvind Rynning.  7:00 PM.  At the Academy Museum in Bloomfield village.

Oct.  20:  Mount Hope Cemetery (Rochester) tour.  12:00 PM "Fall Foliage Tour" Meet at the north gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive.  Enjoy the variety and beauty of Mt. Hope's trees in autumn with landscape architect Ed Olinger. Call (585) 461-3494 for more information or visit the website:  <www.fomh.org>.

Oct 24:  "Primary Sources in Teaching and Learning" day-long conference at Rochester Public Library, South Ave., Rochester.  Co-sponsored by Local History Div., Rochester Pub. Library and DHP Regional Archivist, Rochester Regional Library Council.

Oct 26-27:  “Mansion Mysteries” at Sonnenberg Gardens and State Historic Park, Canandaigua.  Join Mrs. Thompson at the Grand Ball for President Theodore Roosevelt.  Tickets $20.00/person and include wine or non-alcoholic drinks and food.  Guests welcome to dress for the ball—not mandatory.  Call (585) 394-4922.

Nov 6-Feb 29, 2008:  Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, Miniatures and Dollhouse Exhibit.  Visit the Internet at <www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org>.

Nov 10:  Ontario County Historical Soc. program on historic sleigh models with Roger Allen.  1:30 PM.  Call (585) 394-4975 for information.

Nov 14:  Third book discussion with Henry Maus.  Sponsored by Ontario Co. Historical Soc. and Wood Library in Canandaigua.  At the library.  Call (585) 394-4975 for information.

Nov 15:  East Bloomfield Historical Soc. annual meeting.  Details to be announced.

Nov 15:  Ontario County Historical Soc. annual meeting.  Details to be announced.

Nov 16:  Ontario County Historical Soc. "Mapping Ontario County" exhibit opens.  At the OCHS museum.  55 N. Main St.  Canandaigua.

Nov 20:  Honeoye Area Historical Soc. Meeting and program by John Champlain, “Local Native American Artifacts.”  At the Masonic Temple building.  West Lake Rd.  Honeoye.  7:30 PM.






            Anyone having information for those inquiring should contact them directly.  Requests for information are printed for two months.  Those being published for the second time are followed by an "*".






            The Granger Homestead Festival of Trees committee is still seeking entries for the annual event. They are seeking holiday theme trees, full size and table top as well as decorative item entries for the annual holiday event mid-November to early December in the historic Granger Homestead mansion at 295 N. Main, Canandaigua.  This is an excellent opportunity to highlight your organization, business or group with a display at the Festival that draws more than 2500 visitors each year. There is no entry fee and entries may win one of three $50 “Best in Show” awards. Call 585 394-1472 entry form and details.





West Avenue from Arsenal Hill:  This photo from the collection of the Ontario County Historical Society shows West Ave., Canandaigua, as it looked about 1900.  No trees all the way to the brook and cemetery areas.  A major road construction project in 1911 produced the upper part of the street now used.