The United States is a baby country, and we don't have the abundance of thousand-year-old structures that Europe does. (It's unlikely that we ever will, considering our short-sightedness in knocking down cultural feats of architecture, such as our Claude Bragdon-designed train station.) Organizations such as The Landmark Society of Western New York seek to preserve structures when possible. Such is the case with the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site (2370 East Ave.), part of which was built in 1792, making it the oldest place in the county. The 200-year-old structure was once a farm and tavern, and provides a good idea of what the original tavern room, kitchen, parlor-bedroom, summer kitchen, orchard herb and kitchen gardens, smokehouse, and privy were like.
The site is open for tours April through December, Fridays and Saturdays, noon-3 p.m. Regular tours cost $5 for adults and $2 for children. This week, partake of a Full Moon Flashlight Tour, which provides the opportunity to tour the tavern room, kitchen, and other spaces, stroll the grounds and the kitchen garden, and a look at the late 18th century barn, and 200-year-old lawn games and toys. The evening wraps around the campfire (bring a chair or blanket, benches provided) for stories and games and complimentary campfire-popped corn. There is an extra charge for s'mores kits.
The event takes place Tuesday, July 23 (and again on August 20), 7-8:30 p.m. This special event costs $8 per person or $18 for families ($6 and $15 for Landmark Society members). Reservations are not required, but for more information, call 546-7029 x12 or visit landmarksociety.org.