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Historical Walking Tours

  • 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.


  • 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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  • The Dansville History website offers a walking tour & highlights (for example, the Clara Barton house).
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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

  • 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.


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