Middleport’s Fire Bell Memorial

In a moving ceremony attended by many of our local residents, the Fire Bell Memorial was rededicated this past Memorial Day 2016. The Middleport Fire Department first dedicated their bell memorial in the park on Memorial Day of 1952 in  honor of  the deceased members of the department. The bell used to hang in a tower behind the old fire hall, now better knows to residents as our Village Hall.  After a fire in 1898 that engulfed the tower and the bell, the village lost their alarm system. According to Anna Wallace’s History of Middleport, the bell tower of the Episcopal Church was then used for ringing fire alarms at a cost to the village of $25 per year. In this view of the old Haines More Info »

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Middleport Universalist Church

It was back in April of 1841 that the Middleport Universalists organized their church on a piece of land donated by John Craig. The building of the church was accomplished with smooth, egg shaped stones gathered by the congregation from the shore of Lake Ontario and under the supervision of stone mason Emery Smith. Reverend Linus Everett was chosen to dedicate the church in 1842. In 1870 the Middleport Church was valued at $8 thousand dollars with the only church bell withing the village as well as the first organ. Due to diminished membership, the church closed its doors in 2015 and the building was sold. Many of their books and some other artifacts were donated to the office of the Village Historian, and are More Info »

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History of the Basket Factory

Back as early as 1886, the factory owned by Sylvester Evans and Henry McClean turned out some 2000 baskets daily. By 1893, James Hulihan and Thomas Conley owned the Royalton Basket Company which supplied local fruit farmers with different size baskets ranging from berry baskets to fruit crates. The logs were floated down the canal and held in the log pond until they were needed. The lower level of the building was used to cut the logs into strips while the assembling of the baskets took place on the top floor. Deliveries of the finished baskets were made by horse and wagon to local farmers. Owners of the business at its closing in 1934 were James and Timothy O’Shaughnessey. Today we look forward to once More Info »

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A History of Middleport

All history lovers, especially those who love learning more about our little village, will be pleased to hear that the history written by our previous historian, Anna Wallace, is about to go to press.  During her 30 year tenure as historian, Anna collected stories that go back to the beginning of our community in the early 1800s up to her retirement in 2010. I recently had a visit with her at her residence in Rochester where I shared with her a proof copy of her writings,  now compiled in a book entitled “A Friendly Community, A History of Middleport, New York.” The book will contains lots of interesting facts as well as 130 pictures from old newspapers, post cards and private photos. After a little More Info »

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New DVDs at the library include Downton Abbey Season 6

New DVDs are always being added to the collection at the Royalton Hartland Community Library. We have added these DVDs to our collection: Downton Abbey Season 6 DVD “Somewhere Only We Know” by Barbara Freethy “Finding His Way Home” by Mia Ross “The Restoration” by Wanda Brunstetter Stop by to browse our collection and take our your DVDs home to watch. You can also get information about Hoopla, a new and free digital services that allows you to download 8 books, audiobooks, music albums, TV shows or movies to your devices each month!

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Myrtle Lewis Wilmot, local artist and philanthropist

Myrtle Lewis Wilmot was the daughter of Middleport residents and inventor Elgie J. Lewis and his wife, May Bathrick Lewis. Born in 1888, she attended Middleport High School from where she graduated in 1904 and then went on to study music at the Julliard School of Music in New York City. She and her husband, Arthur M. Wilmot lived most of their married life here on Terry Street and were active members of the Universalist Church and many other civic organizations. In a newspaper article from 1972, Mrs. Wilmot was quoted that she took up painting when a local art class needed new members. She had never had any formal training but often admired scenes, thinking they might make a good picture. She would spend More Info »

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Middleport Businesses on Display

Currently on display in the village hall board room are items from various businesses that were a part of the Middleport community many years ago. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and check out the photos and memorabilia from places like Smiler’s( more recently known as J and J Coffee Shop), Snell Hardware, Max Hyde Implements, Perfecto Cleaners, Lahey’s, Richardson and Knuebel Funeral Home, Harpuder’s Clothing and Braddock’s Meat Market. Since many of these names are no longer part of our business community, you might enjoy stopping by on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 10 and 3 to learn a little about the history of these businesses.   Richard Maedl of Maedl Woodcrafts generously donated his time, talents and the wood to creating this beautiful display More Info »

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Middleport resident’s recipe was finalist in Thomas’ Breakfast Battle

Tina Zunner of Middleport was one of the four finalists in Thomas’ English Muffins contest, “Hometown Breakfast Battle”. Tina is the wife of Kyle Zunner and they both live in Middleport. Her breakfast sandwich called the Buffalo Breakfast Club is a delicious creation that features some of our hometown flavors – hot sauce and blue cheese – to give her entry a real WNY flavor. Congrats to Tina for making it into the final four with your creations, the Buffalo Breakfast Club sandwich! Tina Zunner’s Bio from the Thomas Muffin Website: Tina Zunner is the head chef and general manager of the Buffalo cafe, Sweet_ness 7. She has been the kitchen chef for over two years. She is self-taught and has the ability of the most More Info »

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Historian’s Office Relocated

The office of the Village Historian has been relocated to the Village Hall. Regular office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-3. You are most welcome to visit the boardroom of the village hall during those hours, or feel free to set up an appointment with me for a more convenient time. I wish to thank the Masonic Lodge, FMC and the Lewis- Wilmot Fund for giving me the opportunity to welcome nearly 200 first time visitors to the office on Main Street.  I look forward to sharing more stories, photos and items pertaining to the history of our community in the future.   

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Porches of Middleport poster available

Need a great gift idea? How about a poster, suitable for framing, that captures all the warm welcomes that Middleport is known for! The 18″ x 24″ poster featuring some of Middleport, New York’s welcoming porches is available for a $5 donation. The funds raised from the donations for the “Falling for the Porches of Middleport” will then be used to publish a book written by Anna Wallace, former Village Historian. Her book chronicles Middleport’s history, and funds are needed to publish it. The photos of the porches were all taken by local photographer Gretchen Schweigert during this last fall. The porches are from all over the Village of Middleport and feature the look and feel of fall in the Village. If you are interested More Info »

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