Valentown Hall

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Valentown Hall
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Valentown Hall is located in New York
Valentown Hall
Location Jct. of High St. and Valentown Rd., Victor, New York
Coordinates 43°1′34″N 77°26′9″W / 43.02611°N 77.43583°W / 43.02611; -77.43583Coordinates: 43°1′34″N 77°26′9″W / 43.02611°N 77.43583°W / 43.02611; -77.43583
Area 14 acres (5.7 ha)
Built 1879
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 97000425[1]
Added to NRHP May 09, 1997

Valentown is the name of an abandoned shopping center located in Victor, New York. The structure was built in 1879 by Levi Valentine and is operated today as a museum. It is included on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

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The three-story structure was built in 1879 by Levi Valentine as the central commercial and community building of a new town to be created by Valentine and named "Valentown". Valentine's motive was a forthcoming railroad line that was to travel past the building. However, Mr. Valentine's forward-thinking plan yielded an unfortunate result when the railroad company went bankrupt and did not complete the line. With no demand for a commercial center in the location, Valentown quickly failed as an enterprise and was abandoned.[2]

In 1940, local historian J. Sheldon Fisher purchased the property and opened Valentown as a museum.[3] The property is owned and operated today by the Victor Historical Society as a local history museum, with artifacts of 19th century life of the Victor and Rochester, New York area.

Majority of the inside of the building remains in the same condition and setup as it was when it was originally built. It contains a general store, meeting room, bakery, harness shop, cobbler's shop, music school, railroad/troller/telegraph office, ticket office, grand ballroom, and multiple display cases filled with early flags and military apparel. It also contains Civil War artifacts, costumes & hates galore, farm implements and household utensils, candle making molds, spinning wheels, railroad & trolley memorabilia, blacksmith tools, paintings, old maps, and much more. It also contains a wagon from the 1700's which was used in the American Revolutionary War[4]

Fisher remained the owner of Valentown until 1998, when the Victor Historical Society, a non-profit organization, bought the museum, it's collection, and approximately 14 acres.[4] The organization also bought the Ichabod Town Homestead built in 1835, the early 1800's schoolhouse, and additional buildings.

Valentown Hall

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