Become a Member

Benefits of Membership
All memberships are active for 12 calendar months from June 1st to June 1st.

House Tours

  • How does 140 years of history fit under one roof? Come see as we take you on a journey through our historic house in the heart of Gates. In the late 1800s, the Victoria era ushered in houses of beauty and splendor; the Hinchey Homestead still stands today as breathtaking reminder of a golden age.
  • Personally guided tours afford a rare opportunity to glimpse a by-gone era and experience the warmth of the Gates history in a truly old-fashioned style.
  • Visit a magical world, surrounded by colorful toys made between 1880 and 1939.
  • Don’t miss this opportunity to step back in time.
  • Dedicated to interpreting the Victorian period and Gates’s only remaining pre-20th Century site. One of Gates oldest remaining structures, the Hinchey Homestead explores the lives of the wealthy and their servant classes alike.
  • Members get reduced rates for a full tour!

The satisfaction of preserving New York history for generations to come.
Membership is the Best Value
Senior (+55): $15.00
Student: $15.00
Individual: $20.00
Family (2+): $35.00
Business: $50.00
Patron: $50.00
Sustaining: $100.00
Lifetime: $500.00

Become a Member Today!
If you would like to become a member of the Gates Historical Society please:

  1. Download our Membership Form (pdf format)
  2. Print a copy of the form
  3. Make your check payable to the Gates Historical Society and mail it along with the completed form to:
    Gates Historical Society
    634 Hinchey Rd.
    Rochester, NY 14624

Make a donation today by making a check out to the Gates Historical Society, or by clicking below!

Donations Wish List

For archives

  • Rochester History pamphlets past 10 years
  • Gates memorabilia & photographs
  • Paper shredder

For museum

  • Eastlake candle stand
  • Wicker porch chairs (for tour guests to use outside on porch)

For office

  • archive and office supplies
  • storage totes with lids
  • paper goods such as paper towels, toilet paper
  • stapler
  • tape dispenser
  • Scotch tape, 3/4″
  • postage stamps

For all

  • garden tools (trowel, gloves, hoe)
  • desk lamps, floor lamps or track lighting
  • fans of any kind
  • volunteers of all ages

Upcoming Events


April 3, 2024 – Oct. 30, 2024

1st Saturday & 3rd Sunday: 1PM – 4PM
Wednesdays: 10AM – 4PM

Or by appointment.


April 3, 2024 – Oct. 30, 2024

1st Saturday & 3rd Sunday 1pm -4pm and Wednesdays 10-4 or by appointment. Last tour each day, 45 minutes prior to closing.  Call (585) 464-9740 and leave a message to schedule tour outside of open hours. No fee for tours, donations gratefully accepted.

Support our Projects

Support our Business Partners

AMD Business Brokers
2269 Lyell Ave

Brodner Equipment
3918 Lyell Road

Carol Cerasuolo Tax Services

Colony Dry Cleaners
695 Howard Road

Gates Chili Federal Credit Union
2870 Buffalo Road

General Code Publishers
781 Elmgrove Road

Giusepppe’s Restaurant 
50 Spencerport Road

Howard Road Garage
51 Howard Road

James R. Gray Funeral Home
1530 Buffalo Road

Thomas Ferraro Jr., CPA
517 Beahan Road
585- 235-7730