Victor, New York: Valentown Hall: Odd Building

Large, out-of-time building that's been standing for over 130 years. A 19th century mall, now a museum. Hand-painted sign on its outside wall explains its importance.

7360 Valentown Square, Victor, NY
Across from Eastview Mall. I-90 exit 45, then immediately take I-490 exit 29. Drive north on Hwy 96, then make the first right onto High St. Valentown will be straight ahead.
Th, Sa 12-4 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Front of building sign.

Valentown - Old Ghost Attraction

Interesting old building; looks like the museum may be operating again -- just not on the day we visited. Sign by road indicates it is a museum and gift shop. Looked in windows -- rooms seem to be as they would have been when built. Sign on front of building gives a history. Valentown Historical Society offers summer events.

[Pam, 07/05/2009]

Nov. 2016: Photo added.


Valentown - Old Ghost Attraction

Valentown was originally built in 1879 as a shopping plaza and community center in preparation for a railroad that was never built. In spite of the lack of railroad, this was a flourishing community center with a grocery, cobbler shop, leatherworker, butcher, hat shop, ballroom and 54-piece band. Valentown was eventually foreclosed on in 1892.

It wasn't until 1952 a local, Sheldon Fischer, purchased the spot and turned it into a roadside museum which he called "Valentown Ghost Town" at the time. I remember it from my youth when my folks used to take me there. The building itself was so forboding that I was certain there were ghosts in it.

While I haven't been here in almost a year, I was fortunate on my last visit to have run into the curator, who gave us a private tour. The shops inside are amazing and still contain immaculately preserved articles, even 100 year old coffee beans (I recommend not drinking the coffee).

I'm not even sure if they're open any more, but the structure itself is worth a look and stands out from the Pier 1, Pizzerio Uno, Starbucks, etc that surround it. They did have a Spooktacular around Halloween last year.

[Susan, 06/26/2005]

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