For Sale

  Please add $4.00 for shipping

Coldwater: An Electic History of the Hamlet

Today, it is just a place name—an unincorporated hamlet within the towns of Gates and Chili, western suburbs of Rochester in upstate New York. But in its day, Coldwater was a business and transportation hub with an official post office address and a regular stop on the New York Central main line. Twelve trains a day came through.

Donald G. Ioannone, a decades-long Gates resident and business owner, and John M. Robortella, past editor of the Gates-Chili News and past local history columnist for Rochester Magazine, have collaborated on this history to provide a modern-day reminisce of Coldwater's character and personality. They found that the railroad and the post office only a foundation. The people of Coldwater took the lead in family, church, school and business. The story of Coldwater is their story.

$46.39 plus shipping

Buy Now

gates Book

Gates - When most people think of American history, they picture the way events and changing social values affected the country on a national level. However, while more general study of our history as a nation is important, it’s essential not to underestimate the value of regional history.

Each town, city, and neighborhood in America has its own piece of the puzzle to offer when it comes to the bigger picture. Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series seeks to shed new light on each one. $10.00 plus shipping

Buy Now

Froogleg George

Frogleg George - Communities have always had their characters and one of them certainly was John Preissecker. He was a peddler, a popcorn salesman, and a man who caught hundreds of dozens of frogs, toads and turtles every season in the swamps and creeks in the upstate New York towns of Gates and Chili in the 1890's and the early twentieth century. He quickly became the city of Rochester's premier supplier of frog legs, a popular delicacy in all the best hotels and restaurants in his day. $5.00 plus shipping

Buy Now


From the Wildness - Town of Gates Sesquicentennilal by June Thomas, (1963), 113 pages

From the wilderness we dig and toil, To build our lives upon its soil, Although we call our land here Gates, It’s tied into all our fates. $5.00 plus shipping

Buy Now

Rattlesnake Pete

Biography of Rattlesnake Pete - (1858-1932) was born Peter Gruber, and a case can be made for describing him as either sophisticated con man or charming eccentric. Regardless of which is label more accurate, he is a much loved figure in our city's history. He could charm a snake, literally, and using that ability he made a lucrative career of providing Rochester with ample doses of snake oil, both figuratively and (more or less) literally. $10.00 plus shipping

Buy Now

Settlemeny Western New York

The Settlement of Western New York State - Western New York is the westernmost region of the state of New York. It includes the cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara Falls, the surrounding suburbs, as well as the outlying rural areas of the Great Lakes lowlands, the Genesee Valley, and the Southern Tier. The historic beginnings of the region can be defined by its original eastern boundary of Preemption Line, created by the December 16, 1786 political settlement between the states of New York and Massachusetts, both of which claimed political dominion over the land. This eastern boundary shifted because of changing county borders in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. $10.00 plus shipping

Buy Now

Gates Revisited

Gates Revisited - Timeless images from 2011 family albums.

When late the spirits flow, The memories of small town life grows, On winds that whistle through the dells, We hear the ringing of neighborhood bells, Alas when memories come to call, Too swift we are to be bound by histories thrall. $10.00 plus shipping

Buy Now


Rochester - A Panoramic History. The dramatic events that led to the creation of Rochester by its pioneers is captured and brought to life. The authors, the present and former Rochester City Historians, portray the diversity of opinions and philosophies the city has produced as well as the achievements of great leaders such as George Eastman, John J. Bausch and Henry Lomb. $10.00 plus shipping

Buy Now

Writting Home

Writing Home - Civil War Letters from the Hinchley Family Archives.

Have you forgotten yet?... For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days, Like traffic checked a while at the crossing of city ways: And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow Like clouds in the lit heavens of life; and you're a man reprieved to go, Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare. But the past is just the same,—and War's a bloody game.... Have you forgotten yet?.... $10.00plus shipping

Buy Now

Town of Gates

Town of Gates - County Cornerstone Bicentennial 1813-2013.

Availabe at the Gates Public Library bookstore for $5





Mugs - $1.00
Shelf Sitters
Shelf Sitters - $10.00
Pencils - 3 for $.25
Bookmarks - $1.00
plus shipping
Buy Now


©2020 GATES HISTORICAL SOCIETY – all rights reserved ---