18 Monroe Ave. Pittsford, NY 14534
Dorothy Meusburger, Secretary
Open: Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12 noon.
The History of the Little House by Audrey Johnson, Town / Village Historian
as written-up in the Brighton-Pittsford Post - 11/22/2006
in 1819 either as a doctor or lawyer's office, it was originally
situated across the road from its present location. A very
large home was located where Messner carpeting is now and
this little building sat next to it on the east side. It
was used as a lawyer office for the lawyer who lived in the
large home and it was used as a doctor's office for Dr. Carpenter,
whose family lived in the large home.
little building has had many uses when it was not being used
for those two businesses. At one time it was a private home;
at other times it was a library, a bakery, a nursery school,
and its last use before the move was as Pittsford Travel
reason for the move was that James Burdett, who operated
a grocery store at 19 South Main Street wanted a driveway
out onto Monroe Ave. He purchased the Little House with the
thought of tearing it down to make room for this driveway.
A group of concerned citizens, who recognized what a gem
of Federal style architecture it was, contacted Mr. Burdett
and persuaded him to sell them the property, which he did
but then told them they had to move it!
a scramble happened then! A new site for the building had
to be found and quickly, too.
Fletcher Steele, a noted landscape architect whose family
owned the home almost directly across the street, agreed
to lease a small part of his land for the sum of $1.00 to
the Pittsford Historic Society, (which was the concerned
group) and allowed them to construct a foundation and move
the building across the street, where it remains today.
now the office headquarters and office of Historic Pittsford,
Inc. who maintain it. It is set up as a law office and has
some very interesting furnishings which depict the use in