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Mills, Gen. William A., House - Mount Morris, New York
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Szuchie
N 42° 43.614 W 077° 52.499
18T E 264621 N 4734496
Quick Description: The Mills Homestead was constructed in 1848, and served as the home of General William A. Mills, the found of Mt. Morris.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 6:04:55 AM
Waymark Code: WM3FKM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
Views: 6

Long Description:
According to the NRHP Archive:

Constructed in 1838, the Mills Homestead was the last home of General William A. Mills, who was the founder and first permanent white settler in the town of Mt. Morris, and a well-known public figure throughout all of Livingston County. A stylistically transitional building, it carefully incorporates distinctive architectural forms and details of both the neoclassical and Greek Revival tastes. The house is significant for its quality of craftsmanship, design, and architectural integrity as well as its historical association with General Mills.

In 1844, General Mills died and the home became the property of his daughter, Susanne Branch. Her son inherited the property in 1923 and sold it to the D’Imperio family. In 1941, the D’Imperios sold the property to the Mt. Morris Chamber of Commerce who gave it to the Hickock Manufacturing Company in 1946. The building was divided into apartments and became a home for the foreman’s family. The back staircase is blocked, four windows were plastered over, and several dry wall partitions were added during the 1940’s. The kitchen extension, carriage house and outbuildings were removed when a factory was built on the adjoining southern lot prior to 1946. In 1957, the Electronic Timer Company purchased the property and used the house as a warehouse. The front porch on the wing was removed in 1960 due to rotting timbers. The property was then sold to S.J.D. Enterprises in 1975, and stood vacant and unused for over a year.

In September, 1976, the house and one-third acre of land was purchased by the Mt. Morris Rotary Club and given to the Mt. Morris Historical Society. The building is presently being renovated and restored for use as a museum, heritage craft workshops, cultural center and society headquarters. Under the supervision of the Rochester Museum of Science Center, an archeological survey was initiated in June, 1978. Although work is still in progress, the team has uncovered a garden well and portions of a rear brick pathway under which the original cobblestone pathway was discovered. It is the intention of the Mt. Morris Historical Society that the Mills Homestead serve the community as an educational facility.

As you can see, the Historical Society did indeed renovate this beautiful structure, and it now stands as Mills Mansion, operated by the society as village’s museum and Historical Society Headquarters. The Mansion is open June-November, Friday-Sunday, 12 to 4pm (and by appointment).

The museum’s contact information is:

Mount Morris Historical Society, Mills Mansion
Box 94
14 Main Street
Mount Morris, NY 14510
Telephone, 716-658-3292
Street address:
14 Main Street
Mt. Morris, NY USA

County / Borough / Parish: Livingston

Year listed: 1978

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture, Exploration/Settlement

Periods of significance: 1825-1849

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Cultural/Museum

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 6/1/2008 To: 11/30/2008

Hours of operation: From: 12:00 PM To: 4:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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