primitive wooden pegs of this post-and-beam structure are still
visible in the original part of the building. In 2005, it became
home to Artisans' Loft, a unique second-story gallery space where
history and art come alive together. The Pultneyville Grill, a
full-service restaurant offering distinctive dining in a casual,
waterside setting overlooking Lake Ontario,
is also located on the upper level of this noted landmark.
in the immediate area of the War of 1812, the structure was noted
as the Pallister Brothers Warehouse on the 1874 map of Pultneyville.
It was owned by Albert and Captain Mervin Pallister, sons of John
Pallister, an early settler in Pultneyville who in 1827 immigrated
with his family to the Port
of Pultneyville from
Canada and became
a prominent citizen in the community. According to the Commercial
Press, a monthly newspaper from Pultneyville, by 1869 Samuel
W. Roys, one of the original owners, had purchased a farm in Nebraska
and had moved. Roys
was from a noted family of famous whalers
who traveled the world.
much of its existence, the warehouse has been fondly referred
to as the "old red barn" and continues to hold a treasured
place in the history of Pultneyville, a quaint and charming village
replete with New England-style architecture. Fruits, vegetables,
cedar and locust posts, grain, coal, salt, corn meal, flour, feed,
and plaster were shipped or received through the Port
which was also an important stop along the Underground Railroad,
from which slaves making their way to new-found freedom in Canada
departed. The warehouse was used to store
common everyday goods used by community residents and grain was
pulled to the top floor, and then transferred by way of a chute,
into schooners that sailed from the creek into the waters of Lake
The property around the building was once a lumber yard supplying
the needs of the area's significant steamer and schooner shipping
fleet of this bustling lake port.
significant maritime heritage - from ship-building to lake commerce
- is impressive. Industries related to lake commerce grew simultaneously
and became successful appendages of Pultneyville's shipping commerce.
Coastal and Canadian trade became very important to this then-remote
region of the country, having a profound impact on shaping the
character of this hamlet. Many of the early vessels, including
the Fred L. Wells Schooner , were built in, and sailed
to and from this once thriving port. The schooner was owned by
Captain Mervin Pallister and his brother Albert and could often
be seen docked in Salmon Creek along side of the warehouse. It
was the last schooner to sail from the Port
as the shipping and mercantile activities in this upstate New
York hamlet dwindled in the late 1800s
with the advent of the railroad located just 3 miles south.
Pallister commanded the Fred L. Wells and was the last of Pultneyville's
lake captains. He was described as "a well-known, lovable character
known far and wide for his kindly humor." He married Addie Robison
in 1868 and lived in what is known in 2008, as the Connors home
on Mill Street. He died in 1926.
the 21st century, Pultneyville remains a picturesque historic
hamlet in the Town of Williamson
reflecting the charm and quaintness of long ago. Steeped in history,
it continues to take pride in preserving its past and sharing
its interesting history with visitors from near and far. Its port,
though quieter than in the mid-1850s, is just as scenic. Its coastline
remains dotted with traces of a historic past.
the years, the building which for over 150 years was known as
the Pallister Brothers Warehouse, had few owners and saw few changes
until its extensive renovation.
Brothers Warehouse built and property used as a lumber yard
& Pallister commenced Forwarding and Commercial business keeping
flour, salt, plaster and other goods on hand
Pallister built cottages in back of his warehouse and rented them
on weekends to folk who came to Pultneyville's Crescent
a popular lakeside destination for relaxation and fishing until
Pallister dies; Bill Dunning purchased and takes over Pallister
Brothers Warehouse and Lumberyard
Marine Construction Company was formed by Robert Burcroff , Sr.
and Robert Valore who purchased the land from Mr. Dunning's estate.
The company installed reinforcement along creek bed and built
an addition onto the warehouse.
Marine Construction business folds. The land and warehouse are
rented to Marine Resources, Inc. and then to Juhn and Dissen
who purchased Marine Resources, Inc.
and Juhn moved and warehouse is vacated. Fred Cornwall
and Tom Dawes rented the property and warehouse
from Robert Valore. The Pultneyville Marine Company
was formed with the purpose to sell sail and marine supplies to
the Yacht Club and Mariners Club. Instead, emphasis becomes support
of the sport-fishing base.
public ramp is constructed behind the "old red barn" to support
boat launch and recreational fishing.
Recreational fishing grows, averaging 50 charters
per year for each of 20 to 30 charter fishing boats departing
from docks along side the warehouse.
and Nancy Lederer [KBL Corporation] purchased the Mill
Street property on east side of Salmon
Creek on which the Post Office, Pallister Brothers Warehouse and
the Salmon Creek House are situated and renovation of warehouse
newly renovated warehouse opens for business as The Landing at
Pultneyville, a retail venue, and becomes home to an ice
cream shop, guest docks, The Pultneyville
Grill, a full-service restaurant offering distinctive dining
in a casual waterside setting, and Artisans'
Loft - a unique fine art and gift gallery featuring the creative
works of local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists.
Having become a popular meeting place and noted bus tour destination,
The Landing at Pultneyville hosted a bus tour from Rochester's
Memorial Art Gallery. The landing has fast become a convenient
location and popular meeting place for regional and statewide
organizations such as the Seaway Trail, Inc. which held their
annual meeting at The Landing in Pultneyville.
In September of 2006, a contingency of visitors from China traveling
by bus along the Seaway Trail visit The Landing for a unique cultural,
educational, shopping and dining experience. Interested in establishing
a similar trail in their part of the world, visitors were intent
on learning about Pultneyville's connection and relationship to
the trail, as well as marketing efforts to position The Landing
at Pultneyville as a popular upstate New York destination along
this well traveled, well-marked, scenic alternative to traveling
interstate highways and toll roads. The Landing at Pultneyville
was honored for the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to its
visitors from China as they explored this 454-mile route paralleling
Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence
River which takes visitors to quaint villages, such as Pultneyville,
that are remembered for a lifetime.
Realizing a need for additional space, Artisans' Loft doubled
its size by adding a 700 square foot exhibition and event gallery
on the lower level of The Landing at Pultneyville. This space
will be used for art exhibits, opening receptions and special
events. It opened February 11, 2007 with the inaugural exhibit
in its 2007 "For the Love of Art" series featuring a Focus on
Photography and Printmaking. The opening reception was attended
by several hundred guests who enjoyed meeting the featured artists
- photographers, Tom Lightfoot and Michael Shults, and printmaker,
Zerbe Sodervick - all local artists. This new space is also available
for special events. Inquiries and reservations can be made by
contacting email@example.com .
part of the annual Pultneyville Homecoming festivities, Artisans'
Loft hosted it's first "Christmas in July" show and
sale. The show featured decorative Nantucket Basket Santas
and a line of elegantly handcrafted Santa's by Kargee and Me,
as well as heirloom holiday paintings by area artists.
October 20, 2007, Artisans' Loft hosted a special guest appearance
and book signing by Georgia Durante, author of The Company She
Keeps. Guests were mesmerized as Georgia shared her compelling
life's story at a sold-out luncheon. Georgia, who now resides
in Hollywood, grew up in East Rochester, New York. As a successful
model and stuntwoman, Gerogia takes the reader to many dangerous
times and glamourous locations. Her beauty led her into the world
of modeling . . . her daring led her into the world of the mob
. . .her will helped her survive an abusive marriage. Georgia's
story of survival and determination teaches and inspires others
to reach for their dreams and build their successes. A limited
supply of books are available in the gallery.
the spirit of the season, Artisans' Loft hosted a Holiday Decor
Show and Sale
weekend. The show featured creative traditional and contemporary
holiday decorations by Kris & Kate, well-known designers from
the greater Rochester area. At this event, the Loft also
hosted book signings by two local authors ... Fran
with her book, The Not So Perfect Christmas Tree and Eileen Loveman,
author of George and Bob stories. Both books are available
in the gallery.
during the month of November, Relish, Pultneyville's first-ever
upscale restaurant closed after bringing the tradition of fine
dining in casual waterside elegance to Pultneyville, soon to be
reopened as The Pultneyville Grill.
in time to host holiday celebrations, The Pultneyville Grill opens
in The Landing at Pultneyville. Continuing the tradition
of distinctive dining in a casual waterside setting,
Grill, and along with Artisans' Loft will continue to offer visitors
from near and far, a unique dining and shopping experience.
Pultneyville Grill brings "Rajun Cajun" cuisine and
culture to Pultneyville. With the advent of the New Year,
the Grill introduced its first-ever series of Cajun Nights every
Wednesday evening, offering a spiced-up menu in addition to regular
to build momentum, the Grill invited customers to dine on Fat
Tuesday in celebration of Mardi Gras. Patrons enjoyed trying
new menu items and a lively time was had by all!
came Valentine's Day and a special Valentine's weekend menu accompanied
by a pleasing new selection of wines and spirits. A full
house of passionate diners not only enjoyed an evening out, but
an exceptional array of culinary creations prepared by Chef Tim
response to customer interest, The Pultneyville Grill extends
its Sunday menu to include an a'la carte Brunch from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. starting March 2nd. A special menu featuring homemade
brunch fare, in addition to regular lunch items, fast becomes
a Pultneyville favorite. On March 23rd, Easter Sunday Brunch
was a sold-out culinary experience
to be long-remembered!
Landing at Pultneyville celebrates the opening of a new three
story mixed-used structure on the site of the former Salmon Creek
House. Specializing in high quality authentic Asian antique
furniture, art, porcelain and collectibles, Moongate Gallery &
Antiques opened as the first retail tenant in the new building
on 08-08-08. Proprietors are Tom and Sherry Watson of Pultneyville
and the opening of their retail venue at The Landing makes historic
Pultneyville an even more popular destination along the Seaway
Pultneyville Grill hosts the first in a series of sold-out, by
reservation only, Wine Dinners, specializing in food and wine
pairings featuring New York wines.
area businesses join together in collaborative marketing efforts
greater number of visitors to the region. Among this year's
projects are the placement of a billboard on Route 104, a rack
card with placement in over 150 locations, a full color picturesque
insert in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and a new web site,
www.pultneyville.com, all featuring reasons to make Historic Pultneyville
Pultneyville Grill hosts another in its series of sold-out Wine
Dinners featuring Fox Run Winery, recently named in the top 100
wineries in the world by Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Landing at Pultneyville becomes even more of a "stylish"
upstate New York destination with the opening of a third retail
venue. Specializing in home decor, proprietor Elizabeth
Butler opened BeaLine Interiors & Accessories at 4137 Mill
Street, next to Moongate Gallery & Antiques.
Pultneyville Grill hosts a Young Sommer and Thorpe Vineyard Wine
Dinner featuring 2009 medal-winning wines of two local vintners
- both proud members of the newly established Lake Ontario Wine
in time for the holidays, Artisans' Loft hosted its second annual
"Heirloom Holiday" event the first weekend in November,
featuring the work of over 60 local, regional and nationally acclaimed
December 7th, The Pultneyville Grill hosted another event in its
popular series of Wine Dinners featuring the award-winning wines
of Sheldrake Point Winery, a Cayuga Lake winery specializing in
the production of estate wines.
the spirit of the season, the retail venues at The Landing at
Pultnevyille hosted a festive shopping event on December 13th
from 3 to 6 p.m. and welcomed friends and neighbors as they browsed
& shopped at Artisans' Loft, BeaLine Interiors and Moongate
Gallery & Antiques. With a purchase at any of the three shops,
shoppers were given an opportunity to register for a drawing to
win a Holiday Gift Basket brimming with gift certificates and
items from The Pultneyville Grill, Moongate Gallery & Antiques,
Bealine Interiors and Artisans' Loft. Congratulations to
this years recipient, Betsy Hoefen from Rochester, NY.
and Sherry Watson of Pultneyville became executive managers of The Pultneyville Grill just
in time to greet the summer season and guests from both near and far.