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 2018 programs, please view our 2018 Program and Membership Brochure as a downloadable and printable PDF.
The 2018 President's Letter is also available for download.
The April 5, 2018 meeting of the Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society will feature Michael Boester. The topic of Michael's talk will be "Mount Hope Cemetery as an Evolving Cultural Landscape".
Michael is an engaging and entertaining speaker who has previously spoken to our society. He is an Associate Professor of Geology in the Department of Chemistry at Monroe Community College. He is a broadly trained Geographer and teaches a wide variety of courses within the Human, Physical and Regional Geography fields. His specialization is Human Geography. His research and writing interests include Socioeconomic Geography and the Cultural Landscape. Michael is a member of The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery where he conducts several tours throughout the year.
Human Geographers view cemeteries as evolving cultural landscapes because they reflect the beliefs, behaviors and styles of the place and time they were built. Burial grounds are considered tangible microcosms of the realities and perceptions of the cultures that built them. Michael has explored and studied countless burial sites over his career from urban graveyards in New England to memorial parks in California. However, his research focuses on the rural cemetery movement. His local laboratory for the past 17 years has been the Mount Hope Cemetery. This program will summarize his research on the evolution of Mount Hope from America's first municipal rural cemetery to meeting today's trends in natural burial and cremation.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday, April 5th 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.
For those who were unable to attend our January presentation "The Creation of Mendon Ponds Park" by Bill Lane, it will be repeated at the Mendon Public Library on March 27th at 7:00 PM. Check the library's website as reservations may be required due to their limited seating capacity.
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