Historic Sites

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Grange Hall (House of Guitars)

645 Titus Avenue

By 1898 the farmers of Irondequoit had cultivated the fertile land and created a prosperous “market gardening “community. Twenty-one farm couples decided to become part of a national movement developing across the country, the Grange movement. The object of the grange was developed to improve farm life and to provide a facility for socialization of farm families. The brothers and Sisters , as they were called, of Irondequoit Grange No.849 first held their meetings in the Women’s Christian temperance Union Hall which then stood where the United church of Christ now stands on Titus Avenue. The Grangers not only provided a social life for farm families but also pushed for community projects as piped water, improved roads, better mail delivery, and other community needs. They organized support for political candidates that embraced their platform.. Their social and political programs attracted over 400 members and these members needed a meeting place. In 1910 they constructed a hall across the street from United Church of Christ. The members both men and women did most of the work themselves. Only one mason supervised the laying of 7000 cement blocks hauled from Brighton.

For over 50 years the Grange was the center of the town’s social life. With its dances, community suppers, card parties, its amateur theatricals, and its sales of produce fresh from the farms. But with the transformation of Irondequoit from a farm community to a suburban town the Grange membership dwindled and the building was sold. Today it is the home of the famous House of Guitars known for its vast collection of recorded music and musical instruments.

 

Seabreeze Amusement Park

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Over a Century of Family Fun!
4600 Culver Road

Like many historic amusement parks, Seabreeze did not begin with rides or attractions but as a trolley park that provided a park and picnic grounds at the end of the trolley line. With Seabreeze's prime location and with its scenic views of Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario, rides were added beginning in 1900.

Seabreeze opened on August 5, 1879 and is the twelfth-oldest operating amusement park in the world (fourth-oldest in the United States). Its most celebrated ride is the Jack Rabbit, a roller coaster that opened in 1920, and is the oldest continually operating roller coaster in the United States!

Its popularity was such that during the early part of the twentieth century, it was often referred to as the "Coney Island of the West." The park was known as Dreamland for approximately thirty years during the post-World War II era.

 

Whispering Pines Miniature Golf

 

Whispering Pines Miniature Golf Course

The Oldest Miniature Golf Course in the Country!
4353 Culver Road
Built in 1930, Parkside Whispering Pines Miniature Golf is in the National Register of Historic Places and is considered the oldest in the United States. It was designed with rock from the Erie Canal.

 

Swayne's Tavern / Forest House

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The beginning of Irondequoit Government
Northeast corner of East Ridge Road and Culver Road

Irondequoit's first official meeting was held in 1839 in what became Swayne's Tavern, located where Walgreen's is today. The tavern served as the original center of local government and society for the new town. Mr. Swayne arrived in Irondequoit in 1840 and went on to serve in several governmental capacities over a span of the next twenty years.

A new owner replaced Swayne's Tavern with the opulent Forest House. The place remained the center of town government with the first courts and voting places being established there and the first post office followed.

The building burned down in 1906. After the fire, a more modest Forest House was built on the same site.

 

Hiram Pardee 

Hiram Pardee House

180 Pardee Road

The Hiram Pardee house looks much the same as it did after Mr. Pardee moved his 1884 wooden structure to the highest ridge on the road and built a cobblestone addition onto the front of it at his farm.

While Mr. Pardee was credited in 1834 with producing the first commercial peaches in the area, it was the Rudman Family who made a big success of farming peaches in Irondequoit, helping make the town's peach crop famous throughout the United States.

 

Smyles Homestead

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Irondequoit's first doctor
214 Empire Blvd.

Dr. John Smyles, Irondequoit's first physician, built his home on Empire Blvd. in 1850.

Dr. Smyles was also a farmer, journalist, and abolitionist. A man of true dedication, he was also active in the new town government, serving three terms as Supervisor in the mid-1850's.

 

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Glen Haven Resort

Western shore of the Irondequoit Bay, South of Bayview

The Glen Haven Resort (1899-1928) was a popular establishment. The area boasted the Glen Haven Hotel and the Glen Haven Amusement Park.

The hotel was one of the largest in the area. Its dining rooms and verandahs could accommodate about 400 people. The facility went through several ownerships by various railroad companies.

The Rochester Street Railway decided to increase passenger traffic on its Glen Haven line by supplementing the attractions of the Glen Haven Hotel with an amusement park. To do this, they built carnival courts and midways that turned the park-like area into a Coney Island that attracted fortune tellers; sideshow barkers that hawked such attractions as bearded ladies, fortune tellers, weight guessers; amusement–type rides; and vendors selling balloons, red hots, peanuts and popcorn.

In the evening, free attractions were offered to patrons of the park and the hotel. These included trapeze performers, high divers, vaudeville acts and even burlesque ladies from big city theaters.

The entertainment intrigued the crowds until late in the evening, which would end with fireworks that in 1900 cost from $2,000 to $3,000 per week.

Despite the record crowds, the resort operated in the red due to the cost of new buildings, salaries, bands, vaudeville acts, fireworks and the interest on loans, coupled with the taxes.

By 1915, the era was over. The buildings burned down in 1928.

 

Newport House Resort

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Irondequoit's First Hotel and Resort
500 Newport Road

Converted from an old sawmill in 1841 by its owner (Joseph Vinton), the Newport House Resort was the first of  many hotels and resorts that populated the Irondequoit side of the Bay shore. The Newport House served the town for over 170 years and is now being redeveloped.

 

The Pioneer House 

The Pioneer House

Town Hall Campus - 1280 Titus Avenue

The Pioneer House was probably built around 1835. There are no property records since Irondequoit did not become a town until 1837. Ransford Perrin, owner of the Cobblestone Blacksmith shop had the house built next to the shop to attract a blacksmith for the shop. Through the years the little four room bungalow was a various times rental property then owned outright. It is believed that the first family was a farmer, his wife and seven children. II has survived three moves. In 1957, Donald Twitch ell moved the house to a lot at 1517 East Ridge Road. In 1974, the house was moved again when it was acquired by Dorothy Villard, who had it moved to Portland Avenue where she renovated it then opened it as the Strawberry Salt Box gift shop.

In 1994, Mrs. Villard donated the house to the Irondequoit Historical society for a town museum. The town agreed to accept the ownership of the house and it was placed on the western town Hall campus. For the third time Matthews building Movers transported the valiant little house to its new location on July 4th 1995. It is now the town museum, a reminder to residents of the pioneers who established this community. The house is open from May to the end of September on Sundays when there are concerts in the Gazebo and on Thursday nights during Farmers’ Market. Groups can schedule tours at other times by calling the office of the Town Historian at 336-7269.

Green Initiatives - Weblinks

Global Databank of not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations for environmental protection and social justice (Click here).  
Local recycling programs: click www.monroecounty.gov, go to "departments" then "environmental services" then one of the various recycling categories under “solid waste.” 
Variety of information on green living from National Geographic's Green Guide.
Green Vehicles Guide from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Reduce "junk" mail from the Direct Marketing Association.  
Click here to learn how to remove yourself from direct-mail lists. 
Energy saving tips from the NYS Public Service Commission
The Union of Concerned Scientists has oodles of good information on living green on their website including a great interactive game on environmental impact "The Great Green Web Game."  
Leading websites on business and the environment
Solid waste reduction guide for schools
Passive Houses
NY Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control
Stormwater Best Managment Practices from the Center for Watershed Protection

Education

  • East Irondequoit School District

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    600 Pardee Road
    Rochester, NY 14609
    585-339-1200
    Susan K. Allen, Superintendent
    http://www.eastiron.org/

    At each grade level the East Irondequoit Central School District is committed to providing every student with the best possible learning experience. The district offers full-day kindergarten and is working towards the goal of having all six of its schools authorized as International Baccalaureate World Schools. As of right now the two intermediate schools; Laurelton Pardee and Durand Eastman, as well as Eastridge High School, have achieved this distinction. Both primary schools, Ivan Green and Helendale Road along with East Irondequoit Middle School are in the candidacy phase. For more information on the International Baccalaureate Program please click here: http://www.ibo.org/

    The IB program is just one example of the challenging and rewarding curriculum we offer in order to help our students succeed, especially once they are in high school. There is also a variety of Advanced Placement classes, Project Lead the Way- a pre-engineering program in conjunction with RIT, dual credit courses through MCC and many other opportunities to prepare our graduates for whatever path they choose after high school.

    The district also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities including awarding winning arts and music programs and championship athletic teams. A recently completed capital improvement project means our students have some of the most state of the art facilities in the area.

  • West Irondequoit School District

    westirondequoit321 List Avenue
    Rochester, NY 14617
    585-342-5500
    Jeffrey B. Crane, Superintendent
    www.westirondequoit.org

     

    The West Irondequoit School District features ten outstanding schools which enjoy a statewide and national reputation for excellence. K-3 students flourish in six neighborhood schools, where they receive individualized attention in a close-knit environment. Two 4-6 schools introduce students to a larger environment, while still offering the support needed for each student to succeed. At the 7-8 grade level, students enjoy a wide array of course offerings in addition to focused, integrated core courses. Irondequoit High School serves grades 9-12 population with a comprehensive program of offerings, including a highly acclaimed Advanced Placement program. The district Snapshot provides an overview of achievement. Students benefit from strong community support through the West Irondequoit PTSA and the West Irondequoit Foundation.

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    We believe that each child belongs to all of us…

  • Bishop Kearney High School
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    125 Kings Highway South
    Rochester NY 14617
    585-342-400
    Tom O'Neil, President
    http://www.bkhs.org/

    Bishop Kearney High School | a Golisano Education Partner is a private, Roman Catholic, co-educational high school located in suburban Irondequoit. It offers educational opportunities for students in grades 7-12 in the tradition of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and School Sisters of Notre Dame.

    Bishop Kearney is nationally recognized for providing a quality college preparatory program in a family environment. The school of about 460 students boasts a championship athletic program, a music program, and a student-run television station all situated on a picturesque 42 acre campus.

    Vision Statement
    Bishop Kearney High School is a vibrant community dedicated to providing an environment in which high academic expectations, spirituality, and a strong sense of Catholic community enhance the education of the whole person.

    Mission Statement
    The mission of Bishop Kearney High School is to empower young men and women to reach their full potential - academically, spiritually, and socially - by providing a college preparatory, values-based Catholic education in a student-centered family atmosphere, in keeping with the tradition of the Christian Brothers and the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

  • Irondequoit Cooperative Nursery School
    ICNS is a collection of families drawn together by a common interest: taking an active role in their children's education.  The school is governed by parents and employs a highly qualified, certified teacher who directs the educational program.

  • Summerville Nursery School
    Summerville Nursery School prides itself on embracing the whole child and family. Through a cooperative learning environment, top notch teachers and careful attention to the child’s development through the preschool years, our program is built on play.

  • St. Kateri School
    St. Kateri School (formerly Christ the King) is a Middle States Accredited School educating Pre-K-5 students. St. Kateri strives to develop each child's relationship with God, providing an excellent academic education infused with gospel values. As a Catholic School, St. Kateri teaches students how to respect each other as well as the underlying reason, why we respect each person.

  • Area Colleges and Universities
    • Bryant and Stratton College
    • Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
    • Eastman School of Music
    • Everest Institute (formerly Rochester Business Institute)
    • Finger Lakes Community College
    • Monroe Community College
    • Nazareth College
    • Osher Institute for LifeLong Learning
    • Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Roberts Wesleyan College
    • St. John Fisher College
    • SUNY Brockport
    • SUNY Empire State College
    • SUNY Geneseo
    • University of Rochester

Green Initatives

What is Sustainable Development?

towngreenlogosmallIn 1987, the United Nation’s World Commission on Environment and Development met to create a vision called “Our Common Future” that was based upon sustainability. From this effort, the definition of sustainable development emerged as:
  • Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Sustainable development measures success in terms of economic, environmental, and social benefits. Various industries latched on to this concept and created terms such as “sustainable technology” or “green building”.
 
In general, the adjectives “sustainable” and “green” are used interchangeably to send a message that the purpose of the object or process being described is to reduce human impacts on the natural environment, while improving our quality of life and economic well-being.
 
Towards a Sustainable, Green Irondequoit
 
For the Town of Irondequoit, the definition of sustainable development continues to evolve.
 
The framework for sustainability is Irondequoit’s Comprehensive Environmental and Energy Policy, adopted by the Town Board in 2007 and updated in 2009. The Policy presents the Town’s goals for improving the quality of life in Irondequoit for current and future generations, including: 
  • Connected and healthy communities
  • Modern infrastructure
  • Healthy natural habitat and clean waterways
  • Energy efficiency
Implementation of our comprehensive policy is guided by the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Council.
 
The Town’s ongoing update of its Comprehensive Master Plan includes the development of strategies to help guide us towards a more sustainable future. Please get involved!
 
Irondequoit was also one of the first communities in the nation to sign the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to advance the goals of the Kyoto Protocol through leadership and action.
 
How Can I Learn More? Do More?
 
Clicking the icons below will provide leading edge tools and models of sustainable practices for you, your family, and your neighborhood.
 
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Town Directory

Contact Information

Town Hall
1280 Titus Avenue
Rochester, New York 14617
585-467-8840 (Town Hall General Information)
 
Town Hall is open for business on regular work days from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
 
 
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Court
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Supervisor
David Seeley
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Boards
 
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Historian
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Human Resources
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ICAT Cable TV
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