Upcoming Events

                                    Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2022  6 PM and again at 7:30 PM both nights

                                                            at the Sodus Rural Cemetery

                                                        “Spirits of Sodus Walk and Talk”



April 7, 2019  3 PM at the Sodus Presbyterian Church

Thursday April 25, 2019  Noon  Sodus Methodist Church

     Come to the Sodus Senior group, The Go-Getters, on Thursday, April 25th for a dish-to-pass, noon-time lunch followed by a presentation on the 23-district old schoolhouses. Town of Sodus Historical Society members, Bruce & Edie Farrington, will be sharing a slide show with photos of the old schools, their locations and lists of teacher names. Sodus resident, Bette Bugni, has spent years gathering this information, but we are still looking for more photos and stories. If anyone in the community has town of Sodus old, one-room schoolhouse photos, please let us know as that may be information we don’t have. We are particularly interested in more information on the Dist. # 19 Dodd school that was located on the north side of Dodd Hill Rd., near the Fish Farm Rd.. Also, could use more on these schools: School St. in Sodus Village, Dist. #17 the Thornton schoolhouse on Maple St. Rd. and the Dist. #16 the Preemption schoolhouse. Help preserve Sodus local history by contacting Edie at edithfarrington@hotmail.com or by calling 585-750-0688. Don’t forget, you are most welcome to join us on Thursday, April 25th, starting at noon. The Go-Getters meet at the Methodist Church, 58 W. Main St., Sodus.


May 4, 2019  11 am – 1 pm Steger Haus Restaurant

The Town of Sodus Historical Society and Wayne Action for Racial Equality  

         invite you to celebrate the MAXWELL SETTLEMENT

 where freed men and women and their descendants created a vibrant

community beginning early in the 19th century.  



Historic Marker Installation

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Steger Haus Restaurant

7171 North Geneva Rd.

Sodus, NY 14551

(followed by light buffet reception and program)

RSVP by April 15 to Jim Wood: jwood6923@gmail.com


The Town of Sodus Historical Society and Wayne Action for Racial Equality are collaborating to erect a historic marker commemorating the Maxwell Settlement. Expected installation of the historic marker will take place in the spring of 2019 at the northwest corner of Halcus Road and North Geneva Road.


An installation program and reception will be held at the marker site and

The Steger Haus Restaurant beginning at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2019.



  • Overview of the history of the Maxwell Settlement.
  • Remarks by descendants of the original families comprising the community.
  • Music celebrating the community.
  • Buffet & social time to share in the history of the Maxwell Settlement.



The Maxwell Settlement community began along what is now North Geneva Road just south of Margaretta Road. In 1813 several men, women and children, who had been enslaved by Peregrine Fitzhugh, were freed following his death. Prior to abolition the community served as a safe-haven for refugees fleeing slave states. Many Maxwell Settlement residents helped those escaping the horrors of slavery on their harrowing journey to the protection of Canada. During the Civil War, over fifteen men who had at one point resided within the community joined the United States Colored Troops’ regiments to fight in the war. Residents of the Maxwell Settlement contributed to 19th and 20th century community life in much the same way as their fellow townspeople, with the added burden of negotiating the dangers of structural, institutional and individual racism.



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