From Tavern to Hotel to Temple: The History of 3 North Main Street

Presentation by Chris Carosa for the Honeoye Falls – Town of Mendon Historical Society on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Today we know it as the Masonic Temple building. Indeed the local Masonic lodge first met there 100 years ago on November 15, 1920. But before that it was the literal center of town – The Wilcox Hotel, owned by prominent Mendon businessman Sylvester Wilcox, and before that, the Falls Hotel. Before that, the site was occupied by the town’s first tavern, strategically located on a well traveled road in a growing community.

Discover the peoples, places, and predicaments surrounding this fabled piece of real estate and its connection to the Honeoye Falls-Mendon Historical Society.

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