As many of us find ourselves staying at home and away from the COVID-19 virus, I thought it might be a perfect opportunity to share what is going on in Macedon Center. As your town historian, I also hold the role of secretary of the Macedon Historical Society. Our organization has been incredibly busy over the past several years taking actions to preserve the history of our community.
Macedon Center is located at the busy crossroads of Canandaigua Road and state Route 31F. It was at these crossroads that important events took place in the 1800s. Prior to the building of the Erie Canal, Macedon Center Road was a very busy thoroughfare. It was at this location that early residents decided it was important to provide a place of higher education as well as worship.
Among many historic houses, two gathering places still exist: Macedon Academy, 1185 Macedon Center Road, and the building on the southeast corner originally owned by the Orthodox Quaker Meeting House and the Patrons of Husbandry No. 362, aka the Macedon Grange.
The Macedon Academy was organized in 1841. After outgrowing its original building, the existing one was built in 1853. It was founded and designed to fill a need in education between the district school and college. Until 1902, over 2,900 students came from miles around, boarding within this small community and attending school. Over the past 179 years, there have been only a few owners: Macedon Academy, Ladies Aid Society of the Methodist Church, Macedon Center Methodist Church and finally the Macedon Historical Society.
The building most commonly known as the Grange has been utilized most recently by Kathy Darrow and her business Sew What. This month, after many years of service to our community, Kathy retired. The Macedon Historical Society has approved the opportunity for local Macedon Center resident Daniel Eggert to bring the building back to its roots in agriculture. Beginning this summer, he plans to have a farm stand outside while repairs and construction take place to create a farm-to-table cafe that will include locally sourced products. His business proposal motto is “Bringing Community Together Through Food.” We wish him the best and look forward to helping him succeed!
The Macedon Historical Society has put forth great efforts to preserve the Macedon Academy. During the past few years, the foundation was repaired and the building was painted. Now, it is time to continue improvements not only to the Academy but to the Grange as well. We hope to revitalize this historic section of our town. We invite members of our community to join us in these efforts. Please watch the paper and social media for upcoming events. We are planning informational gatherings, community events and work parties. In addition, we look forward to holding our open houses the last Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. starting in June.
We invite all to get involved. For more information on the Macedon Historical Society, check out our website at macedonhistoricalsociety.org. If you wish to become a member or find out more information on how you can volunteer or contribute please, contact me at historian@macedontown.net or by phone at (315) 986-5932, ext. 105. Thank you for your support and encouragement.