Last updated: 10/14/2012
Fairport, New York
18 Perrin Street
Fairport, NY 14450
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We are privileged to have the use of the former Fairport Public Library as home to the Perinton Historical Society and location of our collections and archives. This building is owned by the Village of Fairport and in 2008 was designated a landmark by the Village of Fairport Preservation Commission.

Support the Society with Your Membership

We invite you to join or renew your membership in the Perinton Historical Society(PHS) and take part in its activities. Membership dues and contributions support our community programs, publications and operation of the Fairport Historical Museum. PHS is a registered non-profit organization so your donations may be tax deductible


The mission of the Society is to promote interest in preserving and sharing local history. The vision is to be the leading, widely recognized community resource for promoting and instilling a sense of local history among Perinton residents.


The Society is a non-profit volunteer organization that operates the Fairport Museum at 18 Perrin Street in the Village of Fairport and maintains its collections. The Society began as a research organization founded by ten individuals in 1935 and incorporated in 1937. Now over 70 years of documents and images have been collected. Some items from our collections are found nowhere else.


Oliver Phelps and Nathaniel Gorham purchased 2.6 million acres of land in the wilderness of Western New York in 1788. The area had rich soil and abundant water power, both essential in luring farmers from the rocky hills of New England to the western frontier. William Walker of Canandaigua purchased 36 square miles of the land and hired his brother Caleb and his cousin Glover Perrin to survey the land and divide it into 66 equal lots. The area was known as Township 12, Range 4, in the governmental unit of Northfield.

Glover Perrin, his family, and his six siblings and their families settled in the same area, which became known as Perinton when it was officially established by the New York State Legislature on May 26, 1812. Other settlers soon followed, as word of the area's good farming traveled back east. Between 1800 and 1814, the Perinton census showed a growth in population from 71 to 821 people.

Educational Programs

The educational arm of the Perinton Historical Society (PHS) currently consists of four key programs; Fairport school fourth graders, scouts program, local history presentations, and historic tours.


The by-laws of the Perinton Historical Society calls for a Board of Trustees to govern the operation and an annual meeting of members each year.


The Society organizes an annual house tour and has developed several walking and bike tours.

Our shop has many traditional gift items for sale but also included are local history publications, postcards, framed pictures and maps both framed and unframed. Publications are in the Museum for sale and also can be ordered. (see order form on sidebar)

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