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75+ Reasons to Celebrate 75 Years: Stone-Tolan Historic Site

To help us celebrate 75 years of service to western New York, we put together 75+ Reasons to Celebrate The Landmark Society’s 75 Years, a publication that highlights just some of the preservation and revitalization successes the organization has helped achieve since 1937. (Thank you to former Landmark Society trustee, Richard Reisem, for researching and writing this impressive collection of achievements.) Over the next year we’ll be featuring some of those 75+ reasons in greater depth. Visit our Success Stories page to see other reasons to celebrate!

With our annual Full Moon Flashlight Tours at Stone-Tolan coming up in July and August, now was the perfect time to reflect on this important preservation success story.

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1956 Buys and restores 1792 Stone-Tolan House, oldest building in Monroe County.

The Landmark Society purchased the oldest house in Monroe County, the Stone-Tolan House, built in the 1790s. This four-acre site reflects the life of Orringh and Elizabeth Stone’s family 200 years ago and the formation of the town of Brighton. Because the Stone farm was on the major route (now East Avenue) from the east to western New York State, the house also served as a tavern and inn to travelers. The Landmark Society undertook the restoration of the farmhouse, orchard, and gardens, all of which serve to this day as an historic site with ancillary buildings and grounds that offer the public a variety of cultural activities throughout the year.

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Archaeological investigations at Stone-Tolan in 1965.

 

In addition to the house, the Stone-Tolan Historic Site also features an orchard, herb and kitchen gardens, smokehouse, privy, and a late 19th century barn that was adapted to a contemporary orientation facility in 1976.

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Stone-Tolan has long been a gathering space for the community. Below are some of the events The Landmark Society has hosted at the historic site:

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Children and adults gather around the fire to munch on s’mores and share campfire stories at the Full Moon Flashlight Tour.

 

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Homeowners attend The Landmark Society’s Your Old House Workshop in 2008.

 

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Students tour the Stone-Tolan grounds.

Here’s a peak inside Stone-Tolan’s tavern. Come visit the Site in person for a closer look.

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Want to learn more about the Stone-Tolan Historic Site?
>>Visit our Stone-Tolan webpage
>>Or join us for the Full Moon Flashlight Tours on July 17 and August 14.

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