Village Walking Tours

Historical Walking Tours

Avon
  • Take a walk along both Genesee and E. Main Streets that radiate out from the rotary (Rt. 5/20), as well as Spring Street, to enjoy lovely 19th century houses built during the height of Avon's medicinal spa days.
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Caledonia
  • Home to the oldest fish hatchery in the US and the big water springs that attracted Indians & early settlers, the 33 historic buildings, museum & sites offer a glimpse into life from the early 1800's. An Historical Walking Tour of the many 19th century buildings.
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Dansville
  • The Dansville History website offers a walking tour & highlights (for example, the Clara Barton house).
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Geneseo
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Designated a National Historical Landmark Village in 1991, Geneseo is "one of the most remarkably preserved villages in northwestern New York" (source: National Historical Landmarks program).

At Main Street shops & the Village Office, pick up a convenient print "Walking Tour of the Center of the Village," which highlights historical houses & sites along approximately 10 blocks of the Landmark Village. A more extensive booklet, also available at Main Street shops, describes buildings & sites in more detail
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Lima
  • Described as "The Crossroads of Western New York," Lima is home to 50 historic buildings & events that go back to times when it was a major town on the westward expansion and a stop on the Underground Railway. For a handy walking tour guide, stop at Main Street shops, where one also finds the book "Around Lima" for an extensive photo history of Lima.
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Nearby Communities for historical walks include Clifton Springs, Naples, Hornell, Bath, Corning, Elmira, Seneca Falls, Geneva & Auburn. For self-guided tours of historic downtown Rochester (also passing parks & waterfalls, restaurants & shops), go to www.landmarksociety.org/tours

Main Street Walking Tours

Caledonia
  • 3095 Main St.
  • Caledonia
  •  (585) 538-6565
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Main Street extends along Rt. 5 to the east & west from the Soldiers' Monument at the Caledonia Village Center. During a walk along these streets a visitor passes historic houses & monuments, antique & craft shops, churches, the historic library building, B&Bs, & a variety of restaurants. Further north on Rt. 36 is the oldest fish hatchery in the country, another restaurant & craft shops. For a handy print guide to specific merchants & restaurants, contact the Caledonia Village office, stop in at the shops

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Geneseo
  • Main Street (Rt. 39) extends from the Livingston County Court House at the intersection with Court & North Streets approximately 4 blocks to the Village Park at the intersection with South Street (Rt. 20A). Main Street was designated an Historic District in 1977. A walk down Main Street takes a visitor past many historic 19th century houses, the historic bear monument, churches, an art gallery, B&Bs, a variety of interesting shops, & choices of restaurants. Shops offer enjoyable browsing for books, clothing, crafts (highlighting regional crafts), art, gifts, jewelry, music & toys.
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Just south of Main Street on Route 20A is the Roemer Arboretum with a one-half mile nature walk (arboretum.geneseo.edu)

Nearby Communities for enjoyable strolls down main streets include Wyoming Village, Canandaigua, Honeoye Falls, Hammondsport, Naples & Pittsford & Fairport in the Rochester area, with the latter two also offering walks by shops & restaurants along the Erie Canal.