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New Volunteers Winter Gathering

March 6 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for an informal chat to find out what it’s like to be a docent at the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site, or a garden volunteer at Ellwanger Garden or on the Stone-Tolan landscape: refreshments, short presentation, and a chance to talk with current volunteers.

To RSVP for the gathering, contact Cindy Boyer at If you have questions before the gathering, please contact Beverly Gibson for your garden questions at or Cindy for your Stone-Tolan docent or special event volunteer questions.

A new year brings many new opportunities, including the chance to learn about what volunteers do at our Stone-Tolan House Historic Site in the house or on the grounds, or at our beautiful Ellwanger Garden. We’re planning a “happy hour” gathering where you can find out the details and consider if one of those activities is right for you.

If you are a gardener or someone with a little gardening experience who is willing to learn, we need you! The Landmark Society has some beautiful gardens that could use more hands to help keep them that way. And whether you’re interested in vegetable gardening, herb gardening, working with native plants or heirloom perennials, we have something for you. The landscape at the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site is comprised of a collection of native trees and shrubs, an heirloom apple orchard, the kitchen garden (including the vegetable and herb gardens), the pollinator garden recently donated and planted by the Allyn’s Creek Garden Club, a grape arbor, and a small wildflower garden located along East Avenue in front of the house. Our greatest need for help is in the vegetable garden as it requires constant tending to impress groups of schoolchildren and adults who visit the Stone-Tolan property. We usually gather there on Friday afternoons throughout the gardening season. Prefer working with flowers? You may want to volunteer in Ellwanger Garden, a half-acre heirloom perennial garden now over 150 years old. It was the private garden of noted nurseryman George Ellwanger. The garden was continually maintained for 115 years by the Ellwanger family until 1982 when it was bequeathed to the Landmark Society. There are over 80 perennials that bloom from February until November. We start tending the garden in April and work through October. Volunteers work either Tuesday afternoons or evenings depending on their schedules.

Would you rather spend your time sharing Stone-Tolan’s incredible stories? Docents help school groups and adult visitors discover the activities and objects throughout the 225-year-old tavern and farmhouse. Stone-Tolan Special Event Volunteers welcome attendees and orient them to the site during our special events.


March 6
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Landmark Society Offices
133 S Fitzhugh St.
Rochester, NY 14608 United States
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