The town of Brighton, NY was established in 1814. It is situated in the County of Monroe, abutting Lake Ontario in upstate New York. It was shaped by the Wisconsin Glacier until 8,000 BC and is now divided by the Genesee River. Brighton, a suburb of Rochester, was a Seneca Indian hunting ground before becoming an Erie Canal Village in 1823. With a robust nursery & farming community, Brighton became the brick industry capital of upstate New York in the 1800's. There are still many well preserved 19th century brick homes within the town. Brighton's 1792 Stone Tolan House is the oldest landmark in Monroe County. We invite you share in the celebration of Brighton's rich history.
September 22, 2013 – “Brighton Memories III” – Don Alhart, WHAM TV News Anchor, again hosted this nostalgic, sentimental, and sometimes hilarious program, where people brought personal recollections and artifacts from their lives in Brighton.
June 1, 2013 – “Edmunds’ Woods – Our Oldest Living Residents” Exploring Brighton’s Old-Growth Forest was presented by Brighton Artist and Historian Leo Dodd.
A Luncheon Program was presented in the Carmen Clark Lodge at the Brighton Town Park, 777 Westfall Road, in Brighton, on Saturday, June 1st, and was followed by a walking tour.
January 27, 2013 – “Salon IV - C. Storrs Barrows and Donald Hershey: Masters of Mid-Century Design” was presented by Mary Jo Lanphear, Brighton Town Historian.
For information about Don Hershey, go to DonHershey.com
HISTORIC BRIGHTON TRUSTEE HONORED BY THE LANDMARK SOCIETY
Congratulations to Historic Brighton Trustee, Betsy Brayer, for receiving a 2012 Landmark Society of Western New York Special Citation Award for her outstanding career as an author and advocate for architecture and historic preservation in the greater Rochester area for over five decades.
Beginning in the 1960s, Betsy wrote many articles for the Brighton-Pittsford Post and other publications, and brought the topics of architects, architecture, and design to a wider public. Her extensive series about “Mr. Eastman Builds a House” catalogued that intriguing building project, and, later, resulted in her Pulitzer Prize Nominated biography of its owner, George Eastman: A Biography. As a specialist on the careers of Andrew J. and J. Foster Warner, she was the chief researcher and curator of the Landmark Society’s major exhibition and catalogue on these two remarkable Rochester architects. Betsy’s exceptional knowledge and research about local architects and their buildings has been widely appreciated by those who work in the field of historic preservation planning.
In her own Brighton community, Betsy has actively championed historic preservation efforts by serving as a founding member of the Brighton Preservation Commission from 1996-2012. She is an active member of Historic Brighton, serving as a trustee, as well as a long-time editor and writer for the Historic Brighton News and author of the book, East Avenue Memories. Betsy also edited Historic Brighton’s Salon I & Salon II booklets, and is currently working on the booklet for Salon III, which will be available in early 2013.
Thank you for all you do, Betsy. We are very proud of you and grateful for the gift of your time and talents!
Sources: The Landmark Society, Historic Brighton Board of Trustees
Photograph by Diane Tichell