The rich history of Pittsford began in 1789, when Revolutionary War veterans Simon and Israel Stone purchased 13,298 acres of land in Western New York. Early settlers Stephen Lusk and Caleb Hopkins, a War of 1812 hero, established prosperous farms in Pittsford that have flourished for 200 years. These men created a bustling community that enticed other families to settle here. While agriculture has been a mainstay of many area families who have resided and farmed in Pittsford for generations, others have made their marks in business and industry. Many of the photographs contained within Pittsford were shared by descendants of these early families. Through the years, the town and village of Pittsford have grown due to the desirable rolling topography, the fertile farmland, the excellence of its school system, and the quaint charm of this historic community.
About the Author
Audrey Maxfield Johnson is the Pittsford Town and Village historian. Her family settled in Pittsford in 1818, where they established two large farms. Vicki Masters Profitt’s blog, Illuminated History, highlights the lives of early Monroe County residents and Civil War soldiers. The authors serve on the Board of Directors of Historic Pittsford and collaborate on annual tours of Pittsford Cemetery and the Pioneer Burying Ground.
Table of Contents
1 Early Residents 11
2 Education and Religion 29
3 Architecture 43
4 Commerce and Agriculture 59
5 Transportation 83
6 Entertainment and Recreation 93
7 Pittsford in the 20th Century 107