Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead
Rochester - Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead.jpg
The Tinker Homestead in May 2010
Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead is located in New York
Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead
Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead is located in the United States
Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead
Location1585 Calkins Rd., Henrietta, New York
Coordinates43°4′7.5″N 77°34′30.2″W / 43.068750°N 77.575056°W / 43.068750; -77.575056Coordinates: 43°4′7.5″N 77°34′30.2″W / 43.068750°N 77.575056°W / 43.068750; -77.575056
Area63 acres (25 ha)[citation needed]
ArchitectMcCarty, Michael
Architectural styleFederal
MPSCobblestone Architecture of New York State MPS
NRHP reference #95000502[1]
Added to NRHPApril 27, 1995

Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead, also known as the Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum, is a historic home located at Henrietta in Monroe County, New York. It is a Federal style cobblestone farmhouse built between 1828 and 1830.[2] It is constructed of medium-sized field cobbles and is one of 13 surviving cobblestone buildings in Henrietta.

Connecticut residents James and Rebecca Tinker arrived in Henrietta in 1812 with their six children (two more would be born later).[2] Initially, they lived in log cabins that had been previously built on the site, but had their own home built starting in 1828, using the cobblestones they collected as they cleared the fields.[2] Like many cobblestone structures in New York, it was constructed by masons whose work on the Erie Canal had recently ended and who needed work.[2] Construction took two years.[2]

The farm surrounding the home started small but at one point expanded to more than 200 acres.[2] Five generations of the Tinkers' descendents lived in the home, until 1991.[2] (Even after donating the home, the residents continued to live in a wooden addition in the rear of the main house until 2010.)[2]

In 1991, the home and surrounding 68 acres (28 ha) were transferred to the Town of Henrietta.[2][3] Much of the surrounding land is now the Tinker Nature Park, maintained by the town, with hiking trails and a nature center.[2] The house now serves as a museum.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[1] Among the architectural features are twin parlors and a spiral staircase.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Morrell, Alan (October 28, 2012). "Historic site illustrates town's transformation". Democrat and Chronicle. Gannett Company. p. 6K. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  3. ^ Nancy L. Todd (August 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Tinker Cobblestone Farmstead". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-10-01. See also: "Accompanying 11 photos".

External links[edit]

A view from Tinker Park.