Avon Preservation and Historical Society

Avon Preservation and Historical Society The mission of the Avon Preservation and Historical Society (APHS) is to interpret and preserve the rich history of the village and town of Avon, NY.
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The Avon Preservation and Historical Society (APHS) was chartered in 1983. Through diverse collections and educational programs, the Society aims to promote a sense of pride in the Avon community. The APHS Museum, located at 23 Genesee Street, is home to a wide variety of collections. Many unique photographs, historical documents and local memorabilia are on display. Please come visit us on a Thursday or Sunday, between 1:00 and 4:00. The displays change on a regular basis, so come often!

Want to learn more about the Marvelous Monuments throughout the area? Join the The Landmark Society of Western New York,...
05/19/2020

Want to learn more about the Marvelous Monuments throughout the area? Join the The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc. in their virtual online event on May 23, where they will be showcasing a variety of monuments, including our very own drinking fountain in the Circle Park!

This class will run from 10:30am-12pm and is appropriate for all ages. Pre-registration is required. Please log onto www.rochesterbrainery.com to register.

Photo courtesy of the Livingston County Historian's Office, Mt. Morris

Update: Mary Phillips Hedman (1921-1975)In February, we highlighted the story of Miss Mary Phillips of Avon, who was the...
05/12/2020

Update: Mary Phillips Hedman (1921-1975)

In February, we highlighted the story of Miss Mary Phillips of Avon, who was the first African-American woman from Livingston County to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII. We were then lucky enough to get in contact with Mary’s family, who added wonderful details to her story and even shared a photograph of Mary in her WAC uniform.

According to her family, after serving in a medical unit in the WAC, Mary continued in the medical profession, working as an LPN at the Rochester Psychiatric Hospital for a number of years. Her encouragement and influence led one daughter to serve in the Army for 18 years, and a son to join the Navy. Another daughter became an LPN. Mary also had the opportunity to represent her Rochester neighborhood at the historic March on Washington in 1963, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Thank you to the Hedman family for helping us further honor Mary, her bravery, and legacy!

Oops! The webpage for the County Historian's Office was incorrect in the latest issue of the newsletter. It should be li...
05/09/2020

Oops! The webpage for the County Historian's Office was incorrect in the latest issue of the newsletter. It should be livingstoncounty.us/Historian.php.

The County Historian is requesting assistance from the public to help document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please consider sharing firsthand experiences, images, and reactions on how COVID-19 has altered your life and community. All information gathered will become part of the County Historian's permanent archival collection and made accessible to researchers. Stories and images may be used for future exhibits.

Submit your experiences directly on the County Historian's webpage.

Thank you for helping to share and preserve local history.

Here is another post from a few years ago. In this photo, we see the original Tom Wahl's.  Enjoy this look back at times...
04/27/2020

Here is another post from a few years ago. In this photo, we see the original Tom Wahl's. Enjoy this look back at times past.

What do you remember about the first Tom Wahl's, then called Twin Kiss? This photo is from about 1957.

04/18/2020

Thank you! What a wonderful response to our membership post. Our community is the best!

Our newsletter is about to be sent to the printer.  Would you like a copy?  Consider becoming a member today!The next ne...
04/17/2020

Our newsletter is about to be sent to the printer. Would you like a copy? Consider becoming a member today!
The next newsletter will have articles on the history of the Park Theater, the 1st installment of a series of articles on Avon Railroads, and tree preservation in Avon. Go to our website - www.avonpreservation.org. Become a member today!

03/15/2020

To protect the health of our staff and visitors, the AP&HS museum will be closed for the foreseeable future. Also, our monthly meeting on April 6 has been cancelled. We thank you for your understanding, and look forward to welcoming you back to our museum soon!

Due to health concerns, we have CANCELLED our March 15 program, "Discover Avon's Historic Architecture".
03/13/2020

Due to health concerns, we have CANCELLED our March 15 program, "Discover Avon's Historic Architecture".

We have another free program coming up on Sunday, March 15! This time it is about our historic structures and how they c...
03/02/2020

We have another free program coming up on Sunday, March 15! This time it is about our historic structures and how they can be preserved. Do come!

There’s a new display in the window of the APHS museum on the Scouts - take a peep and then step inside to learn more ab...
02/10/2020

There’s a new display in the window of the APHS museum on the Scouts - take a peep and then step inside to learn more about the history of scouting in Avon.

Thanks Stephanie Dempsey for helping Geri set up!

Revitalizing Genesee Street
02/08/2020

Revitalizing Genesee Street

Because it's really about downtown, not just Genesee Street. This building is part of the King Cole Bean property. This building was originally used as a malt house. It would be great to see it be re-purposed somehow in the midst of the craft beer craze.

The structures date back to the mid to late 1800s. The brick building (see comments below) was originally a malt house, ...
02/08/2020
County auctioning off former King Cole properties over unpaid taxes

The structures date back to the mid to late 1800s. The brick building (see comments below) was originally a malt house, built with bricks made in Avon. The same brick company made the bricks for the St. Agnes Church.

AVON – Livingston County will auction off a handful of properties later this month it recently seized from their one-time owner, the King Cole Bean Company, after the company failed to pay its 2017 tax bill for three straight years.

Conesus Lake Association
02/08/2020

Conesus Lake Association

Choo-choo! Coming down the tracks to the WEC! #conesuslake #fingerlakes #fingerlakesny #trains

The museum was full of activity this morning, when Mrs. Kennell's Creative Writing class from Avon High School visited. ...
02/04/2020

The museum was full of activity this morning, when Mrs. Kennell's Creative Writing class from Avon High School visited. They were searching for primary and secondary sources for their stories about Avon. Our museum is a wonderful resource for research. We look forward to the students' stories! We'll keep you updated on their progress.

Mary E. Phillips Hedman (1921-1975) of East Avon was the first Black woman in Livingston County to enlist in the Women's...
02/03/2020

Mary E. Phillips Hedman (1921-1975) of East Avon was the first Black woman in Livingston County to enlist in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943. She reached the rank of Technical Sergeant and returned home after serving at Fort Dix. Her full story is in our latest issue of the newsletter, but no photograph of her has surfaced. Does anyone have one?

Her story is courageous and we honor her and her service to our country!

📸: Pinterest.com. An African-American WAAC unit in training at Fort Des Moines, 1943.

The historic King Cole Bean facility has been foreclosed and will be put up for auction by Livingston County.The propert...
01/29/2020

The historic King Cole Bean facility has been foreclosed and will be put up for auction by Livingston County.
The property is divided into three parcels, which will include all of the buildings except the Avon Feed business. The auction is scheduled for February 25, 2020 at 6 pm. It will be held at the Government Center, Room 205. These buildings hold an important piece of Avon's agricultural history and will be sadly missed if demolished. Can we find a buyer to help save these buildings? Please help spread the word!

Wonderful first program for the AP&HS.Thank you Jane Oakes for your program on Hop Growing and Beer Production in the Ge...
01/26/2020

Wonderful first program for the AP&HS.
Thank you Jane Oakes for your program on Hop Growing and Beer Production in the Genesee County.
Next program: March 15 - Discover Avon's Historic Architecture

What a journey this artifact has had. While we acknowledge that the Iroqouis's relationship with George Washington was b...
01/13/2020
Missing Cornplanter tomahawk from 1700s returned to Seneca Nation

What a journey this artifact has had. While we acknowledge that the Iroqouis's relationship with George Washington was bitter, the fact that the tomahawk was in Cornplanter's hands is undeniably amazing. Now the Seneca Nation has the agency to interpret its story.

President George Washington gave the pipe tomahawk to Chief Cornplanter in 1792 as a gift during discussions for the Treaty of Canandaigua.

Did you order a poinsettia from us?  Most were delivered on Tuesday.   If you did not get yours, please stop in tomorrow...
12/11/2019

Did you order a poinsettia from us? Most were delivered on Tuesday. If you did not get yours, please stop in tomorrow, December 12 from 1 - 4 to get your poinsettia. No new sales at this point. These were preordered. Thank you for your support.

Wonderful day at the museum during today's Avon Holiday Spectacular.   Many visitors at the museum.  Our hometown is ful...
12/08/2019

Wonderful day at the museum during today's Avon Holiday Spectacular. Many visitors at the museum. Our hometown is full of the holiday spirit. 🎄🎄🎅🎅

Come see us during the Avon Holiday Spectacular, Saturday, Dec. 7 at three locations: Avon Inn, the Village Hall, and ou...
12/03/2019

Come see us during the Avon Holiday Spectacular, Saturday, Dec. 7 at three locations: Avon Inn, the Village Hall, and our museum. We will be offering books, calendars and locally grown popcorn!

PSA: Village Homeowners! It seems are still concerns circulating about the recent Historic Resources Survey. The bottom ...
11/02/2019
Village of Avon, New York

PSA: Village Homeowners! It seems are still concerns circulating about the recent Historic Resources Survey. The bottom line is: If a village Historic District is drawn, there will be *NO additional restrictions* on homeowners! Only current zoning and code laws will apply. For details, read on (full-length article in the Nov. 2019 issue of the APHS Newsletter):

Last fall, you might recall the announcement that the Village of Avon was the recipient of a $10,000 grant funded by the Preservation League of New York. As a refresher, this grant was being utilized to hire Tyler of the The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc. to conduct a survey of historic structures in the Village of Avon.

The Sept. 19th presentation given by Tyler and Caitlin, both of the Landmark Society, was a helpful and informative overview of the project, what the report means, and next steps for the Avon community.

The report they discussed encompasses a solid portion of Avon’s downtown area along Main Street, Rochester Street, Genesee Street, and adjacent areas, and told a story of Avon as a crossroads back to the time of Seneca occupation. The existing structural heritage of Avon, especially the heart of the Village, tells a compelling and important tale of industry and manufacturing, especially of agricultural products. The hotels, boarding houses, and residences that stemmed from that boom still stand along our streets.

The area of downtown Avon that hosts the greatest concentration of this structural heritage has been deemed eligible for a National Register Historic District designation, should the community choose to pursue it. If established, this would mean several positive things for residents within the proposed boundaries:

1) Owners of eligible homes or commercial or public structures would be able to access tax credits of 20% of the cost of eligible improvement projects on their buildings.

2) There is *no obligation* to utilize the tax credits and there are *no restrictions* for property owners who do not choose to work with the state to obtain credits. There are, however, some requirements in order to access the credits.

3) Individual National Register listings of properties can be time-consuming and standards are much higher; when Historic Districts are designated, all eligible homes within the boundaries are automatically included. That means no work for residents, and access to those tax credits!

The link to the full report by the Landmark Society can be found on the Avon Village website at www.avon-ny.org/index_village.html

Questions about community next steps can be directed to Preservation Planner Caitlin Meives ([email protected]; 585-546-7029 x27); questions about report content can be directed to Preservation Projects Facilitator Tyler Lucero ([email protected]; 585-546-7029 x23).

The Official Website of the Village of Avon, New York

East Avon Fire Department gave an excellent presentation today. We are very fortunate to have these dedicated firefighte...
10/06/2019

East Avon Fire Department gave an excellent presentation today. We are very fortunate to have these dedicated firefighters in our lives.

This year's calendar features photos of Genesee Street from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
10/04/2019

This year's calendar features photos of Genesee Street from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.

10/04/2019

Many items for sale at Sunday's program.

Come to our free program this Sunday, 2pm at the Avon Village Hall!
09/30/2019

Come to our free program this Sunday, 2pm at the Avon Village Hall!

Public meeting Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 pm, Avon Village Hall. The Landmark Society will review the results of their Histor...
09/14/2019

Public meeting Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 pm, Avon Village Hall. The Landmark Society will review the results of their Historic Survey- an inventory of the historic buildings in the village of Avon- and cover the potential benefits to the community.

Coming up on Sun., Sept. 8 at 2pm: IF KNIVES COULD TALK. This program, featuring local collector Tom Kalcevic, will teac...
08/31/2019

Coming up on Sun., Sept. 8 at 2pm: IF KNIVES COULD TALK. This program, featuring local collector Tom Kalcevic, will teach us all about the local Robeson Cutlery Co. enterprise and the important roles knives had in Victorian life and beyond. Come join us!!

Avon Village Hall, 74 Genesee St., Avon, NY 14414

2-3pm

Programs are free, open to the public, and accessible.
Light refreshments will be served.

Donations most gratefully accepted, so that we may continue to provide our programming.

08/27/2019

If you would like to join us in celebrating the life of our dear friend and Board member, Jim Brewer, you may attend calling hours at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, 350 Genesee Street on Thursday, August 29 between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Friday, August 30, at 11:00 am at the Avon Wesleyan Church, 300 Genesee Street.

James BrewerIt is with great sadness that we at the AP&HS report the passing of our friend and longtime board member, Ji...
08/26/2019

James Brewer

It is with great sadness that we at the AP&HS report the passing of our friend and longtime board member, Jim Brewer. Jim was a tireless worker for us, in many ways, the face of our organization. He was at our museum on a daily basis doing so many things to keep us up and running. He helped with every one of our events - Corn Fest, programs, and sales. He was the first to arrive and the last to leave. I used to joke that on the days we were open I could never beat him there. Sometimes I would get there 15 minutes to a half hour early only to find the sidewalk sign out, the door open, and James sitting there with a big grin as if to say " what took you so long?".
James was truly one of a kind. We will feel his loss in so many ways. Our hearts go out to Geri and her family.
We are so sorry for their loss, and may I say ours.
Bob Westfall
President
Avon Preservation and Historical Society

The AP &HS is pleased to announce a 2nd printing of the very popular Avon PTA cookbook originally published in 1927.  We...
08/17/2019

The AP &HS is pleased to announce a 2nd printing of the very popular Avon PTA cookbook originally published in 1927. We sold out at the Corn Fest! Facebook message us if you'd like us to set aside a copy for you.

08/17/2019

The raffle winners are....
Katie Cochrane won the grill.
John Barrett won the wall hanging.
We appreciate everyone's support !

Thank you to the DiBacco family whose quick thinking saved the Historical Society tent from tipping over yesterday.🌬🌬
08/11/2019

Thank you to the DiBacco family whose quick thinking saved the Historical Society tent from tipping over yesterday.🌬🌬

Corn fest was a success! Thank you to everyone for your support.
08/11/2019

Corn fest was a success! Thank you to everyone for your support.

We will be selling locally grown popcorn at our Corn Festival tent!
08/09/2019

We will be selling locally grown popcorn at our Corn Festival tent!

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Avon, NY
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I hope this is ok to post, im looking for more info about a brick I found in Avon, any info would help such as when it was made or what company made it.
To me Memorial day is the most Sacred of our national holidays. It's the day we honor the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for not only our great country but also the human rights of oppressed people everywhere. I have not always agreed with every conflict we have participated in but when I haven't I have blamed our leaders, NEVER our fighting men and women. I have walked through Arlington Cemetery, watched the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I have stood before the the Vietnam memorial awestruck looking at the enormity of names listed there, realizing they all paid the ultimate price. I have found names of friends and people I've known . These things have left a lump in my throat and yes, a tear in my eye. So let's enjoy the unofficial start of long awaited summer, the picnics, the friends and parades but please take a minute to bow our heads and remember our fallen. 🇺🇲
Avon Preservation and Historical Society friends - For high resolution 1872 and 1902 Livingston County Town Maps, our own Livingston County Historian Amie Alden has made them available for free at the Livingston County Historian's Office web-site. To see them and download them, go to:1872 Maps https://www.livingstoncounty.us/gallery.aspx?AID=19 1902 Maps https://www.livingstoncounty.us/gallery.aspx?AID=13
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What a wonderful turn out for our 3/18/18 program on the Avon Churches. Nearly 100 people came to hear our 8 speakers. Thank you to all. More details on this wonderful event will be in our next newsletter but I wanted to thank all of our speakers and all who helped with this wonderful program. We are blessed to have such a strong faith community here in Avon.
From the family archives. I would like to donate a bunch of stuff like this. Please contact me.
Anyone remember my maternal Grandfather, James Green? He was a Principal and later went on to become Superintendent. he is seen third from the left, center row.
Humanities Center Public Lecture Series: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich November 16, 2017 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library Laurel Thatcher Ulrich presents "Curiosities: History in Odd Things" Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University where she teaches courses in American history and in women’s studies. In some circles, she is best known for A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991 and became the subject of a PBS documentary. Others know her for a now ubiquitous sentence that escaped from her first scholarly article onto coffee mugs a bumper stickers, a phenomenon she explored in Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History (2007). In The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth (2001), she pioneered in the the use of textiles and other common-place artifacts as sources for history, a topic she explored further in her 2010 American Historical Association Presidential Address “An American Album,” and in a co-authored catalog, Tangible Things: Making History Through Objects (2015). Recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities for her work in public history, she has consulted in museums and historical societies nationwide. Her newest book, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870, explores the emergence of female activism within a stigmatized religious minority.
The article about late 1800's builders Long and Watkins written by Kyle Leonard in your August newsletter was very interesting. I enjoyed all the details about the buildings they constructed in our area and their falls, as well. Please keep these articles coming!