Strolling South Main House Tour
This year’s tour affords the opportunity to visit six wonderful homes at the southern entrance to the village: South Main Street, a historic area of architecturally distinguished homes. If you could travel back in time, you would see a very different area, one dotted with orchards of fruit trees and greenhouses bursting with roses and other precious flowers.
The tour will take place on Sunday, October 2, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Parking will be available at Brooks Hill Elementary School and the Fairport Central Schools building on Baumer Place.
House Tour tickets (for non-members) will go on sale in mid to late September at the museum during regular business hours and at the Fairport Public Library. Current members of the Society will receive their tickets in the mail, so be sure to renew your membership!
To join, see the membership page for more information.
Some of the orchards were owned by the Clark family, who moved to 249 South Main in 1907. Charles Johnson Clark bought a home built for Civil War veteran Simeon P. Howard, a home flanked by extensive orchards. On June 23, 1904, the Monroe County Mail described the extent of these orchards: 50 acres, 2500 peach trees, 2500 pear trees, 600 plum trees, 500 cherry trees, 500 prune trees, 300 quince, and a quantity of apple trees. The Clark family sold the home in 1922 but purchased it again years later, in 1936.
Greenhouses were also part of Fairport’s landscape. One such complex of multiple greenhouses stood at the corner of Hulburt and Moseley Roads. They were built in 1885 by Rochester nurserymen Al and Dick Salter, who sold cut flowers shipped by rail to Rochester and delivered by horse and wagon to florists.
In 1918, George Hart, who had worked for the Salter brothers, purchased their business, planting 15,000 roses that first year and adding 25,000 more in his second year. He also grew gardenias. He soon joined forces with James Vick, owner of an established seed company, to form the Hart and Vick Seed Company. With hard work and research on growing roses in this climate, the company flourished. In 1933, the partners opened some of their gardens to the public and built a conservatory and trial gardens connected with winding paths for walking. The gardens became Victory Gardens for residents during World War Two. The Hart and Vick enterprise lasted well into the 1950s.
In 1967, Hart’s son, George B. Hart, sold the thirty-six-acre parcel for development, a contentious move as the property contained the last remnants of a beech-maple forest. Despite a campaign to have the town purchase the land and proclaim it forever wild, the greenhouses were razed and replaced with Harts Woods Apartments, which later became condominiums, Westage at Harts Woods. The town of Perinton, however, acquired nine acres, aptly named Harts Woods, which was declared a national landmark by the National Parks Service.
As you stroll down South Main Street, the sight of trees, shrubs, and flowers may trigger thoughts of a bygone era of acres of fruit trees and abundant glorious blooms.
Take time to smell the roses – and the gardenias too.
The Abner Wight House, 234 South Main Street – Lynn Barber
Abner Wight, a Revolutionary War veteran, built this house circa 1825. It was originally erected across the street at 249 South Main Street and moved here in the late 1800s.
It is a mix of Federal and Greek Revival, having been constructed at two different times.
Electa Griffith Barber's parents, Margaret and Russell Griffith, purchased the home in 1937 and lovingly restored it. The present owner is the third generation of Barbers to occupy the house. For more information on Electa Barber visit her page under People of Perinton.
The home was designated a local landmark in 2009. For more informartion visit the Abner Wight House page in the Village Preservation section of this site.
The Baumer House
208 South Main Street – Ron & Sue Roberts
Surrounded by mature trees and delightful gardens, this 1925 Colonial Revival style home was built in the pear orchard of the Brooks Farm.
The Roberts are the third owners of this property. Note the inviting three-season sunroom entrance with it bead board ceiling. Typical of the carpentry of the era, the multiple built-in throughout the home offer unique spaces for storage and display. The period light fixtures leaded-glass windows and fanlight over the front door were designed for optimum natural light.
Sue Roberts has served the community as the town of Perinton historian and Town Clerk. For more information on Sue Roberts, visit her page under People of Perinton.
The home was designated a local landmark in 2022.
The Martin Sperbeck House
200 South Main Street – Raul & Heidi Martinez
This is a house for porch lovers. It was built originally on 100 acres by Martin Sperbeck in the early 1800s.
When you cross the spacious front porch and enter the home, you are greeted with high ceilings and chandeliers, elegant wallpapers and refinished floors.
This home is being renovated to showcase the large rooms and detailed woodwork. The owners enjoy sharing their home with guests and have designed a large kitchen that overlooks the beautiful garden and grounds.
This home was designated a local landmark in 2oo9. For more informartion visit the Martin Sperbeck House page under Village Preservation.
199 South Main –
Peter & Sara Hartman
The rotating Christmas tree house! The former pink house. There are stories to tell about this home’s history.
Several families have made use of the seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and five fireplaces in this grand home, built circa 1890.
In 1897, the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper described it as “one of the most desirable pieces of property in the town.”
Ida Dougherty Aylward was born in 1878 and grew up on 199 S. Main Street, at the top of “Piety Hill.” More information about Ida can be found on her page: Ida Dougherty Aylward in People of Perinton.
Peter Hartman grew up in this house, married Sara Prozeller, the girl next door, and they and their two children moved back here in 1986.
203 South Main Street –
Chris & Vicki Hartman
Tucked behind 199 S. Main, on five acres of land , is a sustainable, all electric, energy efficient house built in 2014, with 90 tons of concrete.
Chris, Vicki and their family live in this modern, comfortable home where much of the work and creative touches were done by them. They have put their heart and soul into the home and it shows.
Learn about this “green” house, its construction and walk around the unique property to see the three barns and the bio-filtered reclaimed wetland and pond.
209 South Main Street –
Fritz & Georgia May
The original house was. Built around 1888. In the 51 yeaers that the Mays have lived here, they have designed and built five additions. This lovely home incorporates the old and the new.
The front part feature originally formal and informal parlors and dining room, while the kitchen and sunroom are contemporary.
The grounds include flower gardens and an inground pool between thehhouse and the carriage house, making this a lovely village setting.
For more information on architecture styles in our area, view the Architectural Styles Guide.
See the calendar for dates of upcoming tours and enjoy brief descriptions of past tours within the Historic Tours section of the site.