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Historic Walking Tour
When you are in the Village of Homer, take a leisurely stroll through our Historic District – which was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.  You can almost imagine David Harum or Amelia Jenks Bloomer passing you on the way to the bank or to a concert on the Village Green.  Although, like most older communities, the Village of Homer has a variety of architectural styles, the most common in the Historic District are Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne.
 
Our Walking Tour includes a total of nine stops that allow you to savor the history and charm of the Village of Homer.
 
STOP 1: This Salt Box style house, built c. 1803, is located on North Main Street. Its small frieze windows have one-way shutters.
Stop 1 Saltbox style c 1803
STOP 2: This Main Street Italianate style home was once owned by Joseph Schermerhorn, son-in-law of Jedediah Barber, a prominent Homer businessman in the early 1800′s.
Stop 2 90 South Main St
Below is a photo of the portico of this house.
 Stop 2 Portico
STOP 3: This impressive, three-story, brick 1826 Greek Revival house was built by Jedediah Barber, a prominent Homer resident and business owner in the early 1800′s.  Large fluted Doric columns, eyebrow windows with iron grills, and a low-pitched hip roof are the main exterior features. This 32 room house, with a large circular staircase in the front hall, also has an enormous portico that opens onto a formal garden.
Stop 3 N Main St 1826 Greek Revival- Jedediah Barber
STOP 4: This brick Federal house, built c.1820, has a Palladian doorway and overwindows. The interior woodwork is beautiful, featuring acanthus leaf motifs, Adam garlands, and circular stairs.
Stop 4 Federal House c 1820 Palladian over window
STOP 5: This home, located on the corner of North Main Street and Clinton Street, is a fine example of the Queen Anne style of architecture.  It was built in 1881 for the William Kellogg family, and was designed by Archimedes Russell, a well-known architect from Syracuse. His fondness for the sunflower symbol, typical of the 1880′s, is prominently featured on the gables of the house, the side entry door, the main staircase, and even the weathervane. Many original features still exist, including beautiful stained glass windows, parquet floors, fantastic woodwork, five working fireplaces, and two indoor “inhouses” (as opposed to “outhouses”).
Stop 5 CornerNorthMainClinton
STOP 6: The Dame School (Elementary School), built c.1830, on North Main Street became a residence in 1877.
Stop 6 N Main St once a Dame School c 1881residence 1877
STOP 7: This is the earliest extant frame house in Homer, built in 1799 by Asa White. It is located on Clinton Street.
 Stop 7 Clinton St 1799 built by Asa White frame house
 
STOP 8: This 1888 Romanesque building, which now houses the First Niagara Bank and several other businesses, has 12 chimneys along the length of the roof. Each originally led to a wood stove. The arched entrance has very decorative floriated designs picked out in gold leaf. It is located at 12 South Main Street.
Stop 8 Cort Sav Bank 12 S Main St 1888 Romanesque
STOP 9: This lenticular truss bridge, built in 1881, is one of three in Homer. They have all been listed in the National Register of Historic Places as of October 1977. Two are still used for vehicular traffic, but the Water Street Bridge has been converted to a pedestrian bridge.
Stop 9 Lenticular Truss Bridge 1881