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Corn Hill's historic New Year's Day celebration

Dec 24, 2018

Credit cityofrochester.gov

Next weekend, Corn Hill will be the setting for a performance highlighting how Rochester’s historic neighborhood, once known as the Third Ward, used to celebrate New Year's Day.

Historian Jim DeVinney says around the late 19th and early 20th century, residents would usher in the new year with adventure, misadventure, and humor.

The performance will include memories of the New Year celebrations described in books by some of the Third Ward's prestigious residents of the time:  Virginia Jeffrey Smith, Katherine Rochester Montgomery - granddaughter of Nathaniel Rochester - and Charles Mulford Robinson.

The historic New Year performance takes place 2 p.m. Sunday, December 30, starting at Ralph Avery Park between South Plymouth Avenue and Frederick Douglass Street. The event is free and lasts about 45 minutes. 

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with Jim DeVinney.