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Doors Open Niagara Weekend - June 16-17, 2012

posted Jun 5, 2012, 3:00 PM by Pamela Davison
NEWS RELEASE: May 30, 2012

Oldest Stone Home in Erie County Featured in

Upcoming Doors Open Niagara Weekend

June 16-17 free event focuses on Binational Niagara Frontier’s Architecture, Heritage


The Hull Family Home & Farmstead, undergoing restoration and development into the Living History interpretive experience representing family and agricultural life during Western New York’s early 19th Century, pre-Erie Canal settlement period, is a featured site in the upcoming Doors Open Niagara Weekend on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17.  Free docent-led tours of the National Register-listed Hull Family Home, c. 1810, will be available throughout the weekend between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


The Farmstead site is located at 5976 Genesee Street (Route 33) at Pavement Road (3 miles east of Transit Road) in Lancaster, NY. Information on Hull Family Home & Farmstead activities and the restoration project is available at The Farmstead site includes a Bicentennial Peace Garden, inaugurated in August 2011 and to be rededicated July 22 as part of the new Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail, which features local heritage plants, seasonal flora and two “Carvings for a Cause” sculptures of 1812-era personalities.


Believed to be the oldest intact home remaining in Erie County, the Hull Family Home is a distinctive Federalist style stone residence designed and built by Revolutionary War veteran and transplanted New Englander Warren Hull. He, his wife Polly, their 12 children and several later generations of Hulls lived in the home and farmed a successful 340 acre-farm as original settlers of this part of the Holland Land Purchase. The farm and the family were witness to most of the major events of WNY history during this period including the Niagara Frontier’s involvement in the War of 1812 and the 1813 destruction of Buffalo, westward migration, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the late 19th C.  social reform movements. The home is listed on the National and NYS Registers of Historic Places.


Doors Open Niagara, a project of the Binational Tourism Alliance, is in 2012 celebrating its tenth anniversary of encouraging appreciation of the architecture and heritage of the Niagara Region on both sides of the U.S.–Canadian border. Sites to be highlighted in 2012 are early 19th Century sites including the Hull Family Home & Farmstead that compliment the upcoming bi-national Bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812.  For more information on Doors Open Niagara, the Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail and related activities, please consult