A visit to Gorham is a visit to small town America, one of those few communities that has managed to maintain and preserve their rural lifestyle amid an ever changing busy world. In recent years Mennonite families have settled in the area drawn to the rich agricultural land and so it is not unusual to see horse-and-buggies as the mode of transportation in and around town.
As you drive through the hamlet take in the historic buildings that include Victorian farm houses and cobblestone homes that were built from stones found in the surrounding farmers’ fields from 1825 until the Civil War. One of Gorham’s most prominent landmarks, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall was erected in 1896 as a dry goods and grocery store and a grocery business is still located there today. Stop for a bite at the Old Mill Family Restaurant, named after the Gorham Grain Mill that was once located next to the property. The restaurant has always been a hub of the community for good conversation and food and is a great place for breakfast or lunch and to pick up some tips on the area from the locals.
The Town of Gorham has an active historical society that maintains a museum and research room and a post office building from the 1800s that has been fully restored and moved to the museum grounds. In addition, the Lt. Neal D. Curtis Aerial Observation Building that was used to scan the skies and report sightings of airplanes during WWII has been moved to the museum grounds and contains a tribute to the men from Gorham who lost their lives during the war.
A step back in time, the Gorham House Bed and Breakfast, a 14-room Victorian farmhouse with acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and garden enjoys a central location to use as your home base as you explore the small towns and back roads of the Finger Lakes.
To learn more about Gorham from a local’s perspective read on.