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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 2018 Program, Membership Brochure and e-Calendar

For a complete listing of our 2018 programs, please view our 2018 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 2018 programs automatically.

The 2018 President's Letter is also available for download.

Next Program: October 4, 2018

Honeoye Falls Railroads
by David J. Monte Verde, President, Genesee Valley Transportation Company

The October 4, 2018 meeting of the Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society will feature David J. Monte Verde. The title of David's presentation is "Honeoye Falls Railroads."

David's program will look at two of the three railroads that served Honeoye Falls: The New York Central's Peanut Branch and the Lehigh Valley.

David was born in Dansville, NY. After earning a BS degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, he spent his formative business years at the General Railway Signal Company. He left to become a Program Manager for New York City Subway contracts. He then began a railway equipment leasing company which led to his founding the Genesee Valley Transportation Company (GVT RAIL).

His first GVT railroad was on the small Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad in Western New York in 1988. Mr. Monte Verde has seen the GVT grow from a humble 3-mile weed grown railroad with no customers to a system of five railroads. GVT operations in New York and Pennsylvania are now traversing over 300 miles of track and handling over 12,000 freight cars yearly. In addition, GVT operates tourist trains on three of its railroads.

Mr. Monte Verde is President of the Genesee Valley Transportation Co., Inc. He is the current Secretary of Regional Railroads of New York, He is also a Director for the Railroads of Pennsylvania Association. He resides in the City of Rochester.

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

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