The Honeoye Falls/Town of Mendon Historical Society will present a virtual program Jan. 7 that explores the history of 3 North Main St.

Chris Carosa presented the program, called “From Tavern to Hotel to Temple. The History of 3 North Main Street” at 7:30 p.m. via the Zoom video conferencing platform.

The address, 3 North Main St., is the Masonic temple building and the location of the Masonic lodge’s first meeting 100 years ago on Nov. 15, 1920. But before that is was the literal center of the town - The Wilcox Hotel, owned by prominent Mendon businessman Sylvester Wilcox. Before that, it was 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.

Carosa is expected to reveal the people, places and predicaments surrounding the fabled piece of real estate and its connection to the Honeoye Falls-Mendon Historical Society. Carosa will share his research that has become a series of short videos on local history.

Carosa is publisher of the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel and history buff. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in physics and astronomy, and earned an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School.

To obtain the Zoom access codes, go to the Historical Society’s website,

For more information, call (585) 624-5655.

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