The Society has many events throughout the year; History Presentations and Author Appearances, Special ExhibitsHistorical Tours of various types, and Board of Trustee and Committee Meetings. Please see the calendar and below for more information.


History Presentations and Author Appearances

We sponsor lectures and presentations featuring stimulating local and regional speakers. These programs are monthly during the year starting in September and running through May and usually take place on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Lectures are held in the lower level of the Museum. Museum hours can be viewed on the Calendar.

Membership dues and donations allow for the continuation of exhibits, monthly programs and historic tours.

The Fairport Museum highlights the history of the town of Perinton and the village of Fairport from its early days.

Events and Programs for 2022: 

Program: TBD
Presenters: TBD
Date:Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Museum
Registration: TBD

Check back for more information, as we get closer to the September date.


Program: History of Perinton Ambulance Corps
Presenters: TBD
Date:Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Perinton Ambulance, 1400 Turk Hill Road, Fairport NY
Registration: TBD

Check back for more information, as we get closer to the September date.


Program: Historic House Tour - South Main
Presenters: Various
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Location: Various homes in the village of Fairport
Registration: Members Only Event

The in-person Society House Tour is back. Mark your calendar today!

This year’s tour affords the opportunity to visit six wonderful homes at the southern entrance to the village: South Main Street, a historic area of architecturally distinguished homes. If you could travel back in time, you would see a very different area, one dotted with orchards of fruit trees and greenhouses bursting with roses and other precious flowers. 

As you stroll down South Main Street, the sight of trees, shrubs, and flowers may trigger thoughts of a bygone era of acres of fruit trees and abundant blooms. Take time to smell the roses—and the gardenias too. 

Join us on Sunday, October 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.

See the membership page for more information.


Program: TBD
Presenters: TBD
Date:Tuesday, October, 18 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Museum
Registration: TBD

Check back for more information, as we get closer to the date.


Program: Yuletide Kick-off & Program TBD
Presenters: Bill Poray
Date:Tuesday, November 15,  2022
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Museum
Registration: TBD

Check back for more information, as we get closer to the date.


Special Exhibits

Admission to the Fairport Historical Museum is FREE and open to the public.

Membership dues and donations allow for the continuation of exhibits, monthly programs and historic tours. Museum hours can be viewed on the calendar.


DeLand Family on Permanent Display 

The DeLand family, perhaps more than any other, played an essential and unique role in the history of Fairport. This impressive collection, which is on permanent display at the Fairport Historical Museum, illuminates the stories of generations of the family, and their lasting contribution to Fairport and Perinton. 

New exhibits for 2022 will include: WWII Soldier, Perinton Native: Lester Conover, Erie Canal Surveyor's Transits, DeLano Family Photos and Perinton's Mushroom House.

Erie Canal Surveyor's Transits, Lester Conover and DeLano Family Photos Exhibits

Local members of the Engineering Corps pose in an
unknown location with their surveyor transits.
Our transit display in the atrium of the Museum.

Lester Conover display.
DeLano family photo exhibit.

Stop by to see our ongoing exhibits on agriculture, A Centennial of Perinton Town Historians and Perinton in the Pandemic.


Our newly remodeled agriculture exhibit features information about the 11 century farms and sections on blacksmiths, coopers and tinsmiths.

A Centennial of Perinton Town Historians

2021 is the centennial of Perinton Town Historians. Learn about the six historians that have held the position in the last 100 years.

Perinton in the Pandemic

The perspectives of many in our community coping with this challenge are included in a notebook now on display at the Museum: The Impact of the 2020– 2021 Coronavirus Pandemic on Fairport and Perinton. 

This collection of reflections, text and photos, is the work of a PHS committee capturing an array of experiences from adults and youth, the village of Fairport, the town of Perinton and local organizations and businesses.

Our Capturing Today's History for Tomorrow committee has been gathering photos and information about life in the pandemic. Send your contributions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Fairport’s Evolving Landscape

A new notebook on display is Fairport’s Evolving Landscape, photos and articles on recent developments in the village. This work in progress includes the lift bridge renovation, improvements to the banks of the canal, the train viewing platform, housing developments, and the latest addition, the remote-control car track on Cobb’s Lane.


House Tour - 2022
South Main in the village of Fairport

The House Tour Committee is planning a tour for 2022. Save the date of Sunday, October 2, 2022. Time will be from 1 to 5 p.m.

This is a members only event.

Virtual House Tour - 2021 
A View of Perinton’s Homes and Gardens 

LoudRdGardenGateProfittV2021The House Tour Committee has produced a virtual tour of six homes and gardens located throughout Perinton. Videographer Noah Lucia of Sidekick Films helped the committee showcase these homes by recording the exteriors, some gardens, and a few interiors. 

A graceful arch welcomes guests to a Loud Road home.

The committee worked with Noah to integrate information on the architecture and history of the homes. The result wasl a tour  members could enjoy on their computer in the comfort and safety of their home.

The Virtual House Tour 2021 was the first for the Society. The COVID pandemic has prompted all of us to find new ways to do many things out of a concern for safety. This virtual tour is one of them.

For more information about this years tour, go to the Homes & Garden Virtual House Tour - 2021 page.

For many of the previous tours go to Historic Tours.





All programs and exhibits are free & open to the public except where noted. See details at left or on the calendar.


Sept. 20 - TBD
Sept. 28 - Perinton Ambulance
Oct. 2 - Historic House Tour
Oct. 18 - TBD

Nov. 15 - Dec. 6 - Yuletide Traditions

DeLand Family
WWII Soldier
Perinton Native: Lester Conover
Erie Canal Surveyor's Transits
DeLano Family Photos
Perinton's Mushroom House


Become a Member

Please make your check or money order payable to the Perinton Historical Society. Fill out the membership form and mail or drop off at the:

Fairport Historical Museum
18 Perrin Street
Fairport, NY 14450.

Membership Form (Adobe Acrobat is required to open this document)

If you would like to use an online form to join us and pay, go to the Membership page.


Museum Hours of Operation:

The Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are closed in January and February.

Volunteers are available to answer general questions and to pull files for researchers during normal hours of operation.

Tours of the museum are self-guided but special tours can be arranged by appointment. There is no charge for special group tours, but a donation to the Museum would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to do in depth research, the Museum Director is available to assist you. Please call for an appointment.

Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
Closed: January & February



Find Us On Facebook

We are now on Facebook! Go to Facebook (note, you will be leaving the PHS website), sign in or join, then search for "Perinton Historical Society" and "Like" us. You will then receive notices about upcoming programs and events. Tell your friends!


Past Presentations: 

Celebrating Frederick Douglass

Abandoned: The Untold Story
of the Orphan Trains

Faces of Civil War Nurses

Decking the Halls to Shopping Malls

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Thanksgiving Trivia

Architecture of James H. Johnson

Movies in World War II 

Grown-up Show and Tell

Pat Gorthy,
author Peppermint Summer

Children's Program:
Clothing from Yesterday

Fashions Inspired by
Downton Abbey

Monroe County's Civil War
Soldiers at Antietam

Mount Pleasant Cemetery Tour

Children’s Program: 
How Children Helped the U.S.A.
during World War II

Rochester War Plants During
World War II

Children's Program:
Old-Fashioned Games

Children’s Program:
Celebrate Perinton's History


Antique Toy Cars - History and Value

An Evening with Susan B. Anthony

The Rochester and Eastern Line
Fairport Trolley Station 

Underground Railroad -
Genesee-Finger Lakes Area

Art & Life of Fairport
Artist Carl Peters

Life & Letters of Kate Gleason

Folklore & Legends of Rochester


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