To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War period, Genesee Community College’s Dr. Derek Maxfield organized the GCC Civil War Initiative. You can find more information on this program at their website https://civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com/

This program ended in 2015, but Dr. Maxfield and others wanted to continue the focus on history (especially our local history) and the concept of the Orleans County Heritage Festival was developed.  The first of those events was held on September 9-11, 2016 with four themes celebrated: Agriculture, Transportation, Cemeteries and Historic Gems.

The 2nd annual Heritage Festival will be extended to include 2 weekends with lectures and workshops during the week, starting Friday, Sept. 8 with a kick-off party and ending Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. This year’s themes will revolve around two anniversaries:

  • Military: commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States involvement of World War I
  • Erie Canal: celebrating the bicentennial of the creation of the Erie Canal
  • Legends & Lores, Spirits & Supernaturals: associated with a history of spirit, supernatural and/or ghost activities.
  • Cobblestone & Sandstone: Location associated with the substantial use of cobblestone and/or sandstone in the historic architecture.