The Macedon Historical Society was formed in 1968 by a group of residents who felt the need to preserve our local history, which eventually included two buildings located in Macedon Center.
The mission of this organization is to “promote and encourage historical research and preservation regarding the town of Macedon and to disseminate that information in the community.”
The Macedon Academy is located at 1185 Macedon Center Road in Macedon. The former Quaker Meeting House then Grange building is located at 1208 Macedon Center Road.
As the Macedon town historian, I wear two hats when it comes to the history of our community. In addition to documenting and researching information, I hold the role of secretary of MHS. This organization provides me with another way to ensure that the history of Macedon, both buildings, artifacts and history are preserved and archived for future generations.
MHS owns two buildings located in Macedon Center. They include the Macedon Academy, which was built in 1853, and the Quaker Meeting House, which later became the Macedon Grange was built in 1868. The history of our area is preserved at the crossroads of Canandaigua Road. and Macedon Center Road (state Route 31F).
MHS has become reinvigorated over the past couple of years with the addition of some younger local residents. We are pleased to have the support of two young ladies whose families were founding members of our community. Both Stephanie Petty and Amanda Packard have educational backgrounds in museums, archives and public history. They are playing an important role in helping us to archive our collection. We recently secured an archival software program and computer with the help of the Pomeroy Foundation and Museum Association of New York. We are very excited about this program and our new ability to share information about Macedon with the world.
Most recently, we have been pleased to welcome Daniel Eggert, who now lives in Macedon Center and is running the Macedon Center Farm stand at the Grange building. He and his neighbor are helping us to reimagine the old Grange building. We will be seeing a new coat of paint on the building in the next few weeks! You can find out more about the farm stand at macedoncenterfarm.com.
MHS continues in its efforts to provide opportunities to our community, young and old alike to learn about this special place called Macedon. Please accept this open invitation to find out more about MHS. You are encouraged to visit the Macedon Center Farm stand and the Macedon Academy. We hold monthly meetings at the Academy on the second Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. Upcoming events include a children’s event with Mike Kornrich on Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. (mikekornrich.com) and an open house on Aug. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The members of the MHS hope that people might choose to find out more about our community. Check us out at macedonhistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook at Macedon NY History. We can also be reached by mail at P.O. Box 303, Macedon New York, 14502, or email at macedonhistoricalsociety@outlook.com or myself, Linda Braun, at historian@macedontown.net.
Linda Braun is historian for the town of Macedon.