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Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon
Historical Society

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.

Complete 2017 Program, Membership Brochure and e-Calendar

For a complete listing of our 2017 programs, please view our 2017 Program and Membership Brochure as a downloadable and printable PDF.

In addition, a handy, single iCalendar file that will populate your e-calendars (Outlook, Gmail, mobile phone, tablet, etc.) with all ten 2017 programs automatically.

The 2017 President's Letter is also available for download.

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I. The Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society has a number of activities planned to recognize the anniversary. The Society's latest display in the Mendon Town Hall has a WW I theme. A special display planned for the museum prior to the Festival-on-the-Green weekend in June and a second display in the Mendon Town Hall case will follow.

Next Program: September 7, 2017

Conversations with DeWitt Clinton
by Donovan A. Shilling, retired teacher and school principal

The September 7, 2017 meeting of the Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society will feature Donovan A. Shilling. Don will present a program entitled "Conversations with DeWitt Clinton."

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The presentation will be in the round, and Don will be bringing "the Erie Canal" with him for our education.

Donovan Shilling is the author of a number books about Rochester in the "Images of America" series: Rochester's Lakeside Resorts and Amusement Parks, Rochester's Downtown, Rochester Labor and Leisure, and most recently, Rochester Transportation.

The retired middle school science teacher and administrator has taught classes on local history to adults at the Rochester Museum and Science Center for more than 25 years. He continues to give educational talks across the region today.

Don is the chronicler for the New Society of the Genesee. He wrote about the fabulous gatherings of the earlier Society of the Genesee and suggested to the contributors to The Crooked Lake Review who were getting together occasionally for conversation that they should become the New Society of the Genesee.

Don regularly portrays DeWitt Clinton, and creates fascinating miniature scenes of the Rochester area.

Don and his wife Yolanda live in Penfield.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 7th 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.

Visiting the Museum

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.

Museum address:
1 Allen Park Dr.
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

(585) 624-5660

Open Sundays, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Open other times by appointment.

Writing Us

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 26
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472