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 Many unique photographs, historical documents and local memorabilia are on display.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!

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!

08/09/2019

1927 Avon PTA cookbook on sale at Corn Fest. Limited quantity.

This year's calendar features Genesee Street.Only $10! On sale at the Corn Fest.
08/08/2019

This year's calendar features Genesee Street.
Only $10! On sale at the Corn Fest.

08/08/2019

Get your membership at the Avon Corn Fest.
Free gift for the first 20 people.
$10 - individual
$20 - family

Raffle items are on display at the museum.  Tickets are 6 for $5 or 1 for a $1.  Tickets can be purchased at the museum ...
08/03/2019

Raffle items are on display at the museum. Tickets are 6 for $5 or 1 for a $1. Tickets can be purchased at the museum or at Corn Fest. Thank you to Nancy Tompkins and Zach Morin for the quilt and Avon True Value Hardware for the grill.

08/02/2019

Corn Fest is Saturday, August 10
Stop by our tent near the library. See new items for sale, buy raffle tickets and memberships.

Anyone know about locally made bricks?
07/26/2019

Anyone know about locally made bricks?

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.

Dig out those great old photos and share them with your local community!
07/02/2019
Livingston County News

Dig out those great old photos and share them with your local community!

All are invited to share both historic and contemporary photographs, documents, and other records that help to capture Livingston County’s history. Staff will scan the materials and record any information the owner shares about each piece.

06/26/2019

The deadline for contribution to our next newsletter is July 7! Contact us if you have something to share.

This is the time of year businesses renew their memberships.  There are over 30 businesses in the town and village of Av...
06/14/2019

This is the time of year businesses renew their memberships. There are over 30 businesses in the town and village of Avon that support the historical society. If you see an AP&HS decal, please thank the business for supporting us.

During a recent visit to San Antonio, one of the board members was able to find Avon native, John Hubbard Forsyth's name...
06/13/2019

During a recent visit to San Antonio, one of the board members was able to find Avon native, John Hubbard Forsyth's name at the Alamo. An historical marker honoring Mr. Forsyth's contributions to Avon and our country is at the corner of Henty Road and Rt 15.

Information about Papermill prepared by our Historian's office.
05/26/2019

Information about Papermill prepared by our Historian's office.

Papermill bridge project done and looks beautiful!
05/26/2019

Papermill bridge project done and looks beautiful!

Are you a member?  If so, your newsletter is in the mail.  You'll be reading articles about D'angelo's Shoe Store and th...
05/06/2019

Are you a member? If so, your newsletter is in the mail. You'll be reading articles about D'angelo's Shoe Store and the Shaw family reunion. Only members get newsletters. Become a member today!

Come to this free program on Sunday, May 5!
05/03/2019
Avon presentation to highlight Wells Barns

Come to this free program on Sunday, May 5!

A type of barn found only in a small section of Western New York, including Livingston County, will be the subject on a talk featuring vintage photographs and original drawings on Sunday.

We have a great free program coming up soon!
04/18/2019

We have a great free program coming up soon!

Latest newsletter is in the works! There's still time to become a member and receive the newsletter - sign up securely t...
04/17/2019

Latest newsletter is in the works! There's still time to become a member and receive the newsletter - sign up securely through the website by April 21st at http://www.avonpreservation.org/membership

03/10/2019

We need your help. We are looking for photos of downtown Avon. Please message us if you any photos.

Wonderful presentation today by Steve Stephenson and Jerry Dougherty!   Informative and, at times,  entertaining.   Join...
03/04/2019

Wonderful presentation today by Steve Stephenson and Jerry Dougherty! Informative and, at times, entertaining. Join us for next presentation May 5 on Wells barns of western New York.

The Stephenson family has been in the funerary business for over 100 years! On Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm, Steve Stephenson...
02/25/2019

The Stephenson family has been in the funerary business for over 100 years! On Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm, Steve Stephenson will present our next program, Funerary History in Avon. This program is free and open to the public, at the Avon Village Hall, 74 Genesee Street.

Additional photos of our mystery item.  There are no letters or numbers on the item.  What do you think this is?
02/14/2019

Additional photos of our mystery item. There are no letters or numbers on the item. What do you think this is?

Stop in the museum and see this month's new displays.
02/07/2019

Stop in the museum and see this month's new displays.

Stop by the museum to see the display of valentines!  Some are old.  Some are new.  All are beautiful!
02/07/2019

Stop by the museum to see the display of valentines! Some are old. Some are new. All are beautiful!

What is it? This mystery item is in our museum - can you help us interpret it?
02/07/2019

What is it? This mystery item is in our museum - can you help us interpret it?

The next edition of the AP&HS newsletter is in the works! A 218-year-old letter from Col. Blakeslee will be included, as...
01/12/2019

The next edition of the AP&HS newsletter is in the works! A 218-year-old letter from Col. Blakeslee will be included, as well as a house history, family reunion memories, and more! If you become a member by Monday, January 21, you can get on the mailing list! You can join securely here: http://www.avonpreservation.org/membership/

12/13/2018

Has your family had a reunion in Avon in the past year? Would you like the photo of your extended family in our newsletter? Send us a facebook message if you'd like to participate.

12/13/2018

Family reunion - a chance to celebrate history.

12/04/2018

Congratulations to Wendy C. of Avon! She is the winner of the 1 year membership drawing that took place on December 1.

Fantastic turnout at the museum today!  It was wonderful to have so many visitors.   Thank you to the organizers of Avon...
12/02/2018

Fantastic turnout at the museum today! It was wonderful to have so many visitors. Thank you to the organizers of Avon's First Annual Holiday Spectacular!

Have you wanted a membership to the Avon Preservation and Historical Society?  One free membership will be given away in...
11/30/2018

Have you wanted a membership to the Avon Preservation and Historical Society? One free membership will be given away in December. All you have to do is stop in the museum, fill out a form, and put it in the basket. The drawing will take place at the end of the month. You will be given a free Christmas ornament for entering the drawing. Ornaments are free while supplies last. We are open from 3 -7 tomorrow.

The museum is almost ready for the Avon Holiday Spectacular taking place this Saturday.  We'll be open from 3 - 7.  Ther...
11/29/2018

The museum is almost ready for the Avon Holiday Spectacular taking place this Saturday. We'll be open from 3 - 7. There are many historical and Christmas displays to view. We have Christmas ornaments for sale. Also, tours of the opera block will be given. Stop in and visit!

On Sunday, November 11 at 2 pm, Jim Bartholomew will showcase his rare and unusual bottle collection from Avon and Livin...
11/03/2018

On Sunday, November 11 at 2 pm, Jim Bartholomew will showcase his rare and unusual bottle collection from Avon and Livingston County. He invites you to bring in your own historic glass containers to be identified, and to inspire discussion amongst attendees. This program is free and open to the public, at the Avon Village Hall, 74 Genesee Street.

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23 Genesee St
Avon, NY
14414

Opening Hours

Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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