(this site is closed to all visitation until further notice due to COVID-19)
The Stone-Tolan House Historic Site is the oldest building in the county, built in 1792 and c.1805. For over 200 years, it’s been many things to many people. To Orringh and Elizabeth Stone it was home and work; a farm and tavern. To neighbors, it was a place to gather for a drink in the tavern room, and plan the government for their new town of Brighton. To the traveler, it was shelter from the wilderness of early 19th century New York.
The house has never been moved, it’s firmly rooted on the original site. The neighborhood is now comfortable suburban splendor. But Mr. Stone’s tavern stands where it always has, witness to the changes and reminder or our rural roots.
What will this place be to you? Decide after you’ve experienced the tavern room, kitchen (that’s the part built in 1792), parlor-bedroom, summer kitchen, orchard herb and kitchen gardens, smokehouse, and privy.
Based on the family life of pioneers Orringh and Elizabeth Stone, the Stone-Tolan House represents the private and the public activities of a household and rural tavern on the frontier in Brighton, NY between 1790 and 1820.