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The Heritage Foundation of Oswego County to Host the 38th Annual House Tour in the Town of Minetto

Submitted by the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County

The historic Brown residence at 56 County Route 24 (Benson Avenue) in the town of Minetto is one of six sites to be featured on the 38th Annual House Tour fundraiser hosted by the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County on Sunday, September 26 from 1 -5 pm. An optional luncheon will be hosted at the Battle Island State Park Clubhouse from 11 am to 1 pm.
The historic Brown residence at 56 County Route 24 (Benson Avenue) in the town of Minetto is one of six sites to be featured on the 38th Annual House Tour fundraiser hosted by the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County on Sunday, September 26 from 1 -5 pm. An optional luncheon will be hosted at the Battle Island State Park Clubhouse from 11 am to 1 pm.

Oswego — The 38th Annual House Tour sponsored by the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County will be held Sunday, September 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the town of Minetto. This year’s tour will feature five historic homes and two churches. Advance tickets are available now at the River’s End Bookstore at 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego and through the day of the tour.

The annual house tour fund-raiser has featured historic properties throughout the county for more than three decades. “Over the years, the tour has showcased historic preservation in action,” said Justin White, board trustee for the Heritage Foundation. “This event offers the community an opportunity to view in person the wonderful variety of private and public landmarks that make our communities unique and special.”

The Heritage Foundation’s goal of protecting local landmarks is reflected in the extraordinary efforts of all the property owners, both public and private, to preserve the historical integrity of their properties. Among the private residences on the tour is the Waldron residence at 3107 State Route 48. This road is the oldest in the county dating back to 1807, and was home to many of the early settlers in the area. The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 2912 State Route 48 will be opened for the tour.

This is a traditional Gothic style church, which represents the growth of the community in the 20th century with the expansion of the Minetto Shade Cloth Company, later known as Columbia Mills. The Brown residence featured on the tour was an executive house of this company and is situated on what is known locally as the terrace. The late 19th century Dristle residence at 67 County Route 24, is an example of the earlier architecture found within the town, which also has ties with the shade cloth company.

The United Methodist Church and Parsonage will also be included. The parsonage at 2431 County Route 8 was a gift of the Helen Benson, whose husband was a founder of the shade cloth company. The parsonage has a distinctive 20th century Colonial Revival design. The church is one of the oldest in the area founded in 1848, with the present church building dating back 1893. An organ recital will take place in the church at 4 pm.

The town of Minetto is the youngest of all the towns in the county. The town was officially incorporated in 1916, and it was originally part of the town of Oswego formed in 1818. Minetto was an industrial community that grew substantially in the late 19th century and the shade cloth factory was main lifeline. Many of the sites on the tour are connected in someway with the history of that company.

“While Minetto may be the youngest incorporated town in the county, its history goes back a long way,” said White. “Buildings such as the churches and all of the historic residences on this tour highlight what makes this town unique. Minetto has a great variety of historic and architectural heritage to be proud of.”

In addition, this year’s tour features an optional luncheon to be held at the Battle Island State Park Clubhouse at 2150 State Route 48 in the town of Granby. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., preceding the start of the house tour. This will be an opportunity for tour participants to enjoy a special dining experience overlooking the beautiful Battle Island Park Golf Course. The specially prepared menu will contain several lunch options.

Regular tickets for the house tour are $12.00, while the tour and luncheon tickets are $25.00. Advance tickets are on sale now and will also be available for sale the day of the tour at the River’s End Bookstore at 19 West Bridge St. in Oswego. All proceeds from the event will promote historic preservation projects in the county.

The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and protection of the historic, architectural and environmental resources in Oswego County. For more information about the tour call the Heritage Foundation office at 342-3354.