The Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of local history and the education of the community. The Society operates a museum located at One Harry Allen Park, which is open to the public Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4.
Both the museum and one-room schoolhouse (pictured above) provide educational programs to first and fourth grade classes from the HF-L School District as well as other local districts. The Society conducts eight educational meetings, held at the Mendon Community Center, each year (open to the public) and co-sponsors the annual Festival-on-the-Green. The Society also sponsors an annual Christmas social at the schoolhouse.
The Society was chartered by the New York State Education Department on July 28, 1961 and is classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations to the Society are tax-deductible.
For a complete listing of our 2017 programs, please view our 2017 Program and Membership Brochure as a downloadable and printable PDF.
The 2017 President's Letter is also available for download.
The May 4, 2017 meeting of the Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society will feature Dr. George McIntosh, Director of Collections and Curator of Geology, Rochester Museum and Science Center. Dr. McIntosh will present a program entitled "The Geology of Mendon Ponds Park."
Approximately 12,600 years ago, the last of the great continental glaciers momentarily halted its retreat to the north. For several hundred years the winter snow accumulation equaled the summer melt. As a consequence, rock debris carried in the base of the glacier gradually built up in the Rochester area, extending from the Pinnacle Range (Mt. Hope cemetery, Highland Park, Pinnacle Hill & Cobbs Hill) to Mendon Ponds Park. The Kame-moraine hills, kettle lakes and eskers are all evidence of this period of glacial standstill. Dr. McIntosh's presentation will cover a period of time extending from approximately 900,000 years ago when great continental glaciers started to repeatedly cover this region, until the last retreat of ice from the area about 10,000 years ago.
Dr. McIntosh is the Director of Collections and Curator of Geology at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). He earned a B.S. in Geology at the University of Buffalo followed by M.S. & PhD degrees in Geology from the University of Michigan. He became the Curator of Geology at the RMSC in 1981 and Director of Collections in 2001. His research has taken him to more than 20 countries. This in turn has sparked an interest in more recent historical events of the past 10,000 years. Locally, he added two mastodons to the museum's collection.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 4th at the Mendon Community Center, 167 North Main Street, Honeoye Falls. This facility is handicapped accessible. The meeting is open to the public. For information call 624-5655.
The museum is located in an historical building - namely the carriage barn of the Wilcox House, an early hotel at the four corners of Honeoye Falls. The museum has an excellent display of Indian artifacts dating from the Lomoka Period (2500 BC) through the Iroquois Period when the Seneca inhabited this area. Pioneer days of Honeoye Falls through the present day are well documented depicting the lifestyles of the times since 1791.
1 Allen Park Dr.
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
Open Sundays, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Open other times by appointment.
P.O. Box 26
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472