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 2019 programs, please view our 2019 Program and Membership Brochure as a downloadable and printable PDF.
The 2019 President's Letter is also available for download.
The January 3, 2019 meeting of the Honeoye Falls - Town of Mendon Historical Society will feature Bud Ripley of the Honeoye Falls Union Star Masonic Lodge #320. Bud is the Lodge Historian & Union Star Temple Association President. The title of Bud's presentation is "History of the Union Star Lodge and Temple Building" and will feature an insider's tour of the building and its history. Please note that this presentation is on-site, and will not be held in the Mendon Community Center!
In the early 1800's, Abraham Parrish built a frame hotel at this site. After it was destroyed by fire, a two-story brick hotel was erected in 1827 on the same site. Both were called The Falls Hotel. In 1861, Sylvester Wilcox and Frederick Hubbell acquired the property and added a third story. A one-story addition was built at the north end of the building to serve the needs of the Postal Department. The hotel was renamed the Wilcox House or the Wilcox Hotel (both names appear to have been used).
After serving as a hotel site for over 100 years, the building was sold to the Union Star Temple Association in 1920 by Ilez Wilcox. It is now the property of Union Star Lodge 320, F. & A. M.
After the sale, many changes were made to the inside of the building to accommodate the needs of the Masonic Lodge. The third floor balcony seen in old photographs and postcards was removed. Bowling alleys were added in the basement. Store fronts were created at street level.
Masonry was introduced to Honeoye Falls in 1825 when Union Lodge No. 26 (now #45) was moved from Lima to West Mendon (now Honeoye Falls). It returned to Lima in 1831. Union Star Lodge No. 320 was chartered on June 12, 1852.
Bud will discuss the history of the Union Star Lodge and Temple Building and will conduct a tour of the upper stories as well as the basement! As caretaker of the building, he is in a unique position to host our meeting and answer our questions.
NOTE: This special meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Thursday, January 3rd at the Union Star Masonic Lodge #320, 3 N Main St, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. The meeting is open to the public. This facility is NOT handicapped accessible. For information call 624-5655.
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