GENESEO – With music from the Livonia High School Wind Ensemble and other musicians, local and county leaders gathered in front of the Livingston County Courthouse on Wednesday for a bicentennial celebration.
“It is important to acknowledge not just our bicentennial but also our local historical sites and to elevate our awareness of our local history and the significance of structures like this,” said Livingston County Historian Aimee Alden.
With one pull Livingston County Court Judge Jennifer Noto, the first woman to be elected county judge in Livingston County, removed the fabric to unveil the historic marker, which reads ”Original structure built on this site CA 1822. New front section built 1898 designed by noted architect Claude Fayette Bragdon.”
“I think it is a proud moment for the county to be able to stand up and say, we are 200 years old,” said Sue Conklin, president of the Livingston County Historical Society Sue Conklin.
The marker was paid for thanks to grant funding from The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which has several initiatives to help people celebrate their community’s history, including grants to obtain signage in the form of roadside markers and plaques.
The courthouse marker was erected on the edge of grass close to Court Street.
Alden said the placement of the marker in that spot was done for a specific reason.
“The great thing about these signs is that they catch your eye, because people notice them right away. My hope is that it just sparks interest in learning more,” said Alden.
From cars driving by or people walking county officials hope the sign will spark people’s interest in Livingston County.
“The way it is situated, if you are lucky enough be behind a stream of cars you can actually read it. Or if you are walking, as many kids pass by on their way to school everyday. It is a great spot,” said Conklin.
It is the first of three markers planned to be installed around the area. A second marker is planned to be dedicated on Route 20A in front of the county facility, and a third marker will be erected at Murray Hill in Mount Morris, where many county offices are located.
For many, the markers are perfect way to learn about Livingston County.
“These markers are very significant and I hope they remind people of our history and the important things that happened in the past,” said Livingston County Board of Supervisors Chairman David LeFeber, who is also supervisor for the Town of Avon.
The marker helps people to not only learn about the area but celebrate all that it has to offer.
The marker unveiling is an opportunity to not only recognize a building of historical significance but also to commemorate one more piece of the county’s year-long bicentennial celebration, said County Administrator Ian Coyle.
“It is nice to have a blending of elected officials, county government, civic leaders ... and we were able to have a band, so you have the youth element here as well,” said Coyle.
Students taking part in the event said it was the perfect way to celebrate and to also learn about Livingston County.
“It was great to come out and see everything that Livingston County has done. Especially with COVID it has been hard to celebrate things, so it was really neat to be able to come out and watch everything happen,” said senior Rayne Ebersold. “It is definitely a neat experience to have, so I am very excited to be apart of it.”
Equally excited was 16 year old Lillian Jarzabek, who was among the students performing at the event.
“I thought it was lot of fun to be able to come out and be able to play for some spectators, especially since we have not had the opportunity to have a concert this year,” Lillian said. “I feel like before I had never really thought about it, but now I am really interested to see what got us here.”
The second marker will be dedicated on June 28 and the third one will be sometime at the end of August.
“It is important,” Conklin said, “because it commemorates 200 years of a county and how successful it was.”