“Research, Perseverance, and Historic Preservation Topic of October W-PHS Program”

The October Program of the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society (W-PHS) will provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the research, perseverance, and preservation efforts it takes to become listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.  Worthy of recognition, W-PHS President and Program Chair, Nanette Hance, is pleased to announce the program will feature the efforts of local residents and W-PHS members, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Naliwajek.

Paul will share his fascination with history and his research journey that recently led to the nomination recommended by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation of their property, as one of 27, for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.  His presentation will include the story of who and what inspired him to research the history of their landmark property which led to the continuing preservation of the Shipley-Teats home.   Situated in the Town of Williamson, the 1850 architecturally significant farmhouse is a well-preserved Italianate style residence located just one mile south of Lake Ontario.

Steeped in the agricultural fruit industry history of the area, the property also includes a garage, packing house and early fire hydrant. With evidence of early innovative utility infrastructure that enabled interior gas lighting and running water, the Shipley-Teats home is a unique property with an interesting past.

While together, the Naliwajek’s have worked to preserve their home, Paul is quick to credit his spouse, Pat, for her support and participation throughout the process.  She often practiced the virtue of patience while he burned the midnight oil navigating many twists and turns along the research trail as he traced the history of families who once owned the property.

All are welcome to attend this free and open to the public program about the Shipley-Teats property and efforts to hold its place in history.  The October 5th program will begin at 7pm at Gates Hall, 4107 Lake Road, Pultneyville and will also include time for Questions and Answers and an opportunity to view research materials on display.