44 North Main Street
This National Register listed mid- nineteenth-century farm estate is both architecturally and historically significant. The large wood frame two- story gabled main house is elevated on a small knoll and is surrounded by extensive park-like grounds. Italianate in style, the house features broad overhanging eaves supported by paired scroll brackets, paired half- round windows, and tall floor-to- ceiling windows opening to an elaborated bracketed porch. Cast iron statuary, a circular drive, and a Gothic revival cast iron fence mounted on a stone retaining wall at the front the property represent the mid nineteenth-century Rural Landscape Movement. The farm retains an extensive collection of agricultural outbuildings.
The main house was originally constructed in 1814 By Samuel Hildreth, an early Pittsford merchant and the operator of a large stagecoach network that traversed western New York. Hildreth's stables were located just south of the house but were destroyed when the railroad was constructed in 1834. The present appearance of the property is due to Jarvis Lord, who purchased the farm in the 1860s. Lord, a prominent politician and entrepreneur, profited from the reconstruction of the Great Embankment during the 1850's.
In 1888 the farm was sold to Frank and Estelle Hawley. During the Hawleys' ownership the farm gained national recognition for its outstanding herds of Jersey cattle and Shetland ponies. The Hawleys also began the dairy which today is Pittsford's oldest business.
The 200 acre farm was sold to the Ted Zornow in 1946 and remains a family operation. The farmstead and dairy are owned by Zornow's son-in-law, Charles Corby. The bulk of the farmland is owned by Roger Powers, another son-in- law of Zornow. The development rights for most of Power's portion of the property have been purchased by the Town of Pittsford to assure their preservation as agricultural open space.
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