The Wayne County Antique Dealers' Association was founded in May
The first meeting was held at the American
Legion in Sodus on May 5, 1967. The purpose of the organization,
as per the minutes of the first meeting, was "to maintain
certain standards, get fully acquainted with every dealer, and
enrich our own knowledge. Edward & Alicia Dziekonski, of Wolcott,
were a couple of our early charter members.
Annual dues were $12.00 per year. Meetings were held in members'
The first WCADA Show & Sale was held Sept.
30, 1967, at Ontario Fireman's Park. Only dealers from Wayne County
could participate. Booths were $10 for non-members and $8 for
members. Seventeen booths were available.
The following spring, an antique show was held in May 1968 at
the American Legion in Sodus. The spring show was held every year
The first Fall Harvest Show & Sale was held
in September 1979 at the Williamson High School. Attendance at
the first fall show was 723. The fall show continues today at
the same location and is held the first weekend in November.
In 1984, the Wayne County Antique Dealers' Association was incorporated.
In 1996, a Historic Grants Program was
initiated to benefit chartered historical societies in Wayne County.
We meet once a month at points of interest,
members homes, or businesses and give presentations, lectures,
and other useful information at our meetings. We also host an
annual Fall antique show. New members gladly accepted!
WCADA GRANT PROGRAM
The WCADA is committed to helping registered
Wayne County Historical Societies in their efforts to preserve
the history of Wayne County. Thus the grant program was established
and funded. To learn more about our grant program, download
this document. Interested in writing a grant request? You
will need this FAQ
HISTORY OF RECENT GRANT RECIPIENTS
- Butler Historical Preservation Society/National Historic Register
Plaque for Roe Cobblestone Schoolhouse
- Walworth Historical Society/Painting Restoration
- Newark-Arcadia Historical Society/Re-framing Early Paper Items
- Lyons Heritage Society: partial funding of display case for
rare apothecary jar.
- Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society: interpretive panel
for Peace Garden
- Sodus Bay Historical Society: archival storage for historical
maps, boat, and lighthouse ephemera
After reviewing seven grant applications, the grant committee
voted to award grants as follows:
- Rose Historical Society- Funding for preservation framing of
three historic maps of the Town of Rose
- Ontario Historic & Landmark Preservation Society- Funding
towards the restoration of a Civil War jacket worn by a local
Ontario soldier during the war
The Wayne County Antique Dealers Association is pleased to announce
the results of the Historic Grants Program for 2017. Of the grant
applications received for this funding period, the Historic Grants
Committee has selected three historical societies who will receiving
funding in support of their respective conservancy and curatorial
projects. The three grant awardees are the Sodus Bay Historical
Society, the Wolcott Historical Society and the Macedon Historical
The Sodus Bay Historical Society
grant will help support the continuing efforts to restore and
conserve the Sodus Bay Lighthouse building and specifically the
Window Rehabilitation Project. This laborious effort entails removing
each sash and each pane of glass, stripping old paint from the
frames and then priming and repainting them. Once the frames have
been restored, the original glass is reinstalled and re-glazed.
Upon reinstallation, the windows receive new sash cords and brass
weather-stripping. With thirteen windows that require restoration
at a cost of $2,000 per window this is a major investment by the
Society. The Wayne County Antique Dealers Association is pleased
to grant $1,000 in support of this effort.
The Wolcott Historical Society recently
received a donation of three business ledgers used by companies
operating in the Town of Wolcott from 1810 to 1893. While the
information contained in these documents provide valuable insights
into the commerce and the general life of the township during
the 19th Century, the ledgers are fragile and cannot be handled
without risking irreparable damage. The Wayne County Antiques
Dealers Association grant of $450 combined with a grant from the
Town of Wolcott will support the digitization of these records
so that the information can be accessed by students, scholars
and all those who have an interest in learning about the business
environment in 19th Century Wolcott.
The Macedon Historical Society is
fortunate to have several historically significant textiles in
their permanent collection. One of these objects is a Memory Quilt
that was created in the mid nineteenth century. The historical
value of Memory Quilts is two-fold. First, these quilts are a
physical connection to a significant social interaction of women
of the period. Women would gather and work collectively to cut,
dye and sew the fabrics that became these beautiful and functional
pieces of art. The second historic value, that is specific to
Memory Quilts, is the sewn in lineage of family members
of the maker. Family members names, births, deaths, marriages
and other significant family-related references are all stitched
into the quilt providing a lasting ancestral record for future
generations. The grant of $550 to the Macedon Historical Society
will help underwrite the cost of construction of a wall mounted
display case that will provide adequate protection for the artifact
while allowing the visiting public to view the quilt.
The Wayne County Antique Dealers
Association is committed to the preservation, interpretation and
stewardship of historically significant artifacts that help tell
the story of the history of the peoples of Wayne County.
The monies that support the Historic Grants Program are generated
by the Wayne County Antique Dealers Association Fall Harvest Antique
Show and Sale held at the Williamson High School. For more information
about the Wayne County Antique Dealers Association, the 2017 Fall
Show and Sale and the Historic Grants Program please go to the
Associations website at www.wcada.com