Valentown Hall

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Valentown Hall
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.

Valentown Hall

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