The town of Lyons recently was included on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of historic properties that are recognized as significant in American history.
The National Register includes architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. It is a recognized and visible component of land use, and promotes heritage tourism, economic development and the appreciation of historic resources.
The property listing honors its importance to the Lyons community, as well as offers the opportunity to qualify for tax incentives.
Established in 1729, Lyons became an economic center along the Erie Canal. It was a prosperous and prestigious community. Lyons retained the historic atmosphere that offered various opportunities. The town is in a new era of faster transportation, working from home and the desire for a casual and friendly lifestyle. Located between Rochester and Syracuse, Lyons offers reasonable housing, good schools, business opportunities and a sense of pride.
The town will host several activities to celebrate its inclusion on the National Register.
Lyons Heritage Society will offer an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 20 at the Peppermint Museum, 95 Water St., Lyons, complete with refreshments, exhibits, tours and a video on the history of the peppermint industry and the town.
A ribbon-cutting is set for noon on June 21 on Church Street.
Lyons Main Street Program will hold a guided walking tour of downtown Lyons at 10:30 a.m. on June 23, starting at the farmers market. Call (315) 871-4220 or email lyonsmainstreetprogram@gmail.com for information.