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.

Upcoming Event

Escorted Bus Tour of


In continuation of its year-long bicentennial celebration, the TOWN OF BRIGHTON will team up with HISTORIC BRIGHTON on Sunday, May 4, 2014 to celebrate the  town’s architectural history with three 90-minute escorted bus tours of the Town’s fifty-eight designated landmarks which date from 1792 to 1957.  They include many of the popular architectural styles from the late-18th to the mid-20th century: Federal, Greek Revival, and Italianate among them.

Brighton Town Historian, Mary Jo Lanphear, Architectural Historian, Arlene Wright Vanderlinde of Historic Brighton, and Preservation Architect, Christopher Brandt, also of Historic Brighton, will lead you on your journey into the past by narrating these tours highlighting the town’s structures which have achieved official landmark designation by the Town of Brighton. Brighton’s Preservation Ordinance was enacted in 1995. At the end of each tour, attendees will receive a special souvenir booklet containing data and photos of each of the town landmarks.

The three tours will begin at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Tour goers will ride in comfort for their 90-minute journey highlighting the fascinating architectural story of the Town of Brighton. This event is being generously underwritten by Reed Eye Associates.

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