The Granger Homestead Society Inc., founded in 1946, maintains the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, which has an 1816 Federal-style mansion and furnishings, a large collection of horse-drawn vehicles, five outbuildings and gardens on 12 acres in Canandaigua.
Docents lead tours of the mansion from June to late October, and the carriage museum displays nearly 100 vehicles in three barns, including wagons, buggies, sleighs and agricultural equipment. Carriage rides are available for an extra charge, and sleigh rides are available in winter as weather permits.
The mansion was the home of Gideon Granger, U.S. postmaster general from 1800 to 1813 under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The Connecticut native, a Yale-educated lawyer, served in Connecticut's legislature before his federal service and in New York's afterward. He died in 1822, but four generations of Grangers lived in the mansion until 1930.
The property also displays the two-room law office built in 1822 for Walter Hubbell, which has been moved from its original site several blocks away.
The society offers educational programs on 19th-century life and agriculture throughout the year for school, scouting and home-schooling groups, as well as a Civil War encampment in October and a weeklong history day camp in summer for children. In November, it puts on the Canandaigua Christkindl Market, a festival with artisans, food vendors and entertainment in heated tents on the lawn.
The Granger Homestead Society has more than 350 members and five employees; Martha Herbik is executive director. The Granger Homestead is at 295 N. Main St. in Canandaigua, and its website is www.grangerhomestead.org.
Financial record Year ending April 30, 2011
Net realized and unrealized gain on investments $590,645 66
Interest and dividend income 119,109 13
Net proceeds of fundraising events 68,571 8
Grants and contributions 37,988 4
Membership revenue 29,125 3
Program and admission revenue 24,746 3
Other 26,963 3
Total revenue $897,147 100
Pay and benefits $209,696 44
Repairs and maintenance 71,018 15
Professional and investment fees 39,801 8
Depreciation 37,015 8
Advertising 27,908 6
Telephone and utilities 16,173 3
Program expenses 13,094 3
Insurance 11,085 2
Other 46,620 10
Total expenses $472,410 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $424,737
Board of Directors
David Sauter, president; pharmaceutical sales representative
Cheryl Zulick, vice president; community volunteer
George Park, treasurer; retired publisher, Finger Lakes Times
Deborah Gormly, secretary; retired president, Fisher-Yates Communications Inc.
Eric Alden; manager, platform run cost and reliability, Xerox Corp.
Loren Buck; retired automotive project engineer
Lisa Carey; teacher, Marcus Whitman Central School District
Caroline Delavan; community volunteer
Cynthia Fackler; community volunteer
Joseph Matus; retired
Kristen Meyer; real estate agent, Powers Realtors Inc.
Ed Perego; agent, CIG Insurance Agency
Sal Pietropaolo, retired executive director, Canandaigua Business Improvement District
Ellen Polimeni; mayor, city of Canandaigua, and adjunct professor of developmental studies, Finger Lakes Community College
Patricia Reece; retired teacher
Suzanne Schenk; community volunteer
Andy Thomas; community relations coordinator, Canandaigua City School District
Cindy Wade; consultant, SymphonyIRI Group Inc., and council member, city of Canandaigua
-Researched by James Leunk
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