2016-10-12 Landmark Alerts

Ghost Walk tickets now available


The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk returns for its 23rd year to scare up some stories from the darker side of Rochester’s history. If you have never attended Ghost Walk, you might think: Aren’t Ghost Walks like a haunted house attraction? Or those tours where they try to summon spirits from the past? Or just for kids? You would be right on two out of three of those.


Just for kids? That’s a definite “no.” Ghost Walk is enjoyable for anyone over the age of 8.  Summoning spirits from the past?  Yes, we do that.  Our spirits are real people recently returned from the grave, who enthrall you with their experiences from the darker side of Rochester’s history.   Haunted house?  On the walk you’ll peer at amazing architectural exteriors under the cover of darkness – on the most unusual street in Rochester. We don’t know if they are haunted by ghosts – but we promise you’ll be haunted by the experience.

Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29th | First tour starts at 6:30 PM; last tour at 9 PM | tours start at Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, 597 East Avenue | Advance tickets: $20 ($14 Landmark members) | Click here for tickets

Unique heirloom apple picking opportunity!

Photo courtesy: Richard Margolis
Photo courtesy: Richard Margolis

Taste the apples our ancestors enjoyed! The Stone-Tolan House Historic Site’s apple orchard has produced enough late season apples that we are excited to offer the public the chance to pick their own heirloom apples. For a $10 donation per bag (we provide the bags) you can enjoy apples not available at the market or most commercial orchards. On Saturday, October 22nd, we plan to be open from 10 am to 3 pm. Last time we were able to offer this, the apples were picked out well before the closing time. Come early!

The four varieties that will be available: Roxbury Russets are good for cider and cooking, Rhode Island Greening for baking and eating fresh, Northern Spy is a great pie apple and Tolman Sweet is good for baking.

Please note: this fruit has not been sprayed, and will have imperfections but they are very delicious. 

Saturday, October 22 | 10 AM – 3 PM OR while supplies last! | Stone-Tolan House Historic Site, 2370 East Avenue | $10

Ribbon cutting for former Eastman Dental Dispensary


We were elated to join Home Leasing, LLC a few weeks ago for the ribbon cutting of Eastman Gardens. The long-vacant former Eastman Dental Dispensary building–one of our very first Five to Revive properties–will now provide affordable housing for seniors in our community. The adaptive use project, which utilized state and federal historic tax credits, is an amazing transformation! All of the gorgeous architectural details have been lovingly restored and new spaces have been sensitively incorporated into the building. Congratulations to Home Leasing and all involved in this most important project!

Preservation Grant Fund deadline October 28th

Gates Hall in Pultneyville.
Gates Hall in Pultneyville.

Applications are available for our next round of funding. The Preservation Grant Fund provides initial “start-up” funding to assist in saving historic resources. The grant will not pay for any “bricks and mortar” work. Only pre-construction services are eligible for funding. Specific use of funds is flexible. Examples of eligible projects include: building condition reports, code compliance studies, construction estimates, visual project renderings, measured drawings, cost comparisons.

Applications are due October 28th. Contact Caitlin Meives, Preservation Planner at The Landmark Society to determine if your project is eligible.