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This is intended to be a complete list of properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Orleans County, New York. The locations of National Register properties and districts (at least for all showing latitude and longitude coordinates below) may be seen in a map by clicking on "Map of all coordinates". Two listings, the New York State Barge Canal and the Cobblestone Historic District, are further designated a National Historic Landmark.

There are currently 27 listings in the county, the fourth fewest in the state after Schuyler County (19), Hamilton County (22) and Genesee County (23). Seven of the listings are historic districts, including Mount Albion Cemetery (Millville Cemetery is classified as a site). The remaining 20 are individual buildings. No structures in the county are yet listed on the National Register.

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Of the 19 buildings, at least 10 have been used as dwellings at some point in their history. Two of those were originally inns that have since become residences. The Tousley-Church House was later converted into the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter offices. The four conventional historic districts all include some residential properties as well among their contributing properties.

Three other buildings—the Albion and Medina post offices and the Medina Armory—are government buildings. The armory is now used by the local YMCA. No commercial buildings in Orleans County are individually listed on the Register. Nor are any religious buildings, although seven churches contribute to the Orleans County Courthouse Historic District. Similarly, no educational buildings have been listed on their own; the Cobblestone Historic District includes an old one-room schoolhouse among its contributing properties.

In the five districts, there are 135 buildings on 104 acres (42 ha). Most of that acreage is accounted for by Mt. Albion Cemetery, the largest listing in the county at 70 acres (28 ha). The Cobblestone Historic District, with three buildings on two discontiguous plots totaling three-quarters of an acre (3,000 m²), is the smallest district and the smallest National Historic Landmark District in New York.

The other three districts are in the downtowns of Medina and Albion, the largest settlements in the county. The two Albion districts abut each other, with the southerly being characterized by the public buildings, churches and residences around the county courthouse while the northerly is primarily commercial. Medina's Main Street Historic District is almost all commercial property.

All but three of the buildings (and one structure) within the historic districts are considered contributing properties. None of the contributing properties are themselves listed individually on the Register. However, the Albion post office, within the bounds of the county courthouse historic district, is not considered a contributing property to it despite later being listed on the Register, since it was built two decades after the district's period of significance.

Listings county-wide

Name on the Register Image Date listed Location City or town Description
1 Bacon–Harding Farm
Bacon–Harding Farm
February 27, 2013
3077 Oak Orchard Road
43°16′02″N 78°11′31″W / 43.267273°N 78.192016°W / 43.267273; -78.192016 (Bacon–Harding Farm)
Gaines 200-year-old farm still owned by the same family; centered around 1844 cobblestone Greek Revival farmhouse
2 William V. N. Barlow House
William V. N. Barlow House
September 8, 1983
223 S. Clinton St.
43°14′22″N 78°11′47″W / 43.239444°N 78.196389°W / 43.239444; -78.196389 (William V. N. Barlow House)
Albion Barlow, architect of many important buildings in downtown Albion, including the county courthouse, built this eclectic home for himself in 1875. Its rear yard has one of the village's few remaining hand-pumped wells.
3 Jackson Blood Cobblestone House
Jackson Blood Cobblestone House
June 30, 2005
142 S. Main St.
43°19′00″N 78°23′22″W / 43.316775°N 78.389383°W / 43.316775; -78.389383 (Jackson Blood Cobblestone House)
Lyndonville The Blood family is supposed to have built this sophisticated 1846 Greek Revival cobblestone house by hauling the stones down from Lake Ontario themselves.
4 Boxwood Cemetery
January 27, 2015
3717 N. Gravel Rd.
43°14′04″N 78°23′59″W / 43.2344879°N 78.3996647°W / 43.2344879; -78.3996647 (Boxwood Cemetery)
Medina Small cemetery started in 1860s where many of city's original settlers are buried
5 Butterfield Cobblestone House
Butterfield Cobblestone House
March 1, 2010
4690 Bennetts Corners Rd.
43°11′19″N 78°01′02″W / 43.188611°N 78.017222°W / 43.188611; -78.017222 (Butterfield Cobblestone House)
Clarendon This 1849 Greek Revival cobblestone house is the only such structure in Clarendon. It is considered the finest building in that style in county.
6 Clarendon Stone Store
May 9, 2012
16301 E. Lee Rd.
43°11′38″N 78°03′53″W / 43.1938°N 78.0647°W / 43.1938; -78.0647 (Clarendon Stone Store)
Clarendon General store, an early use of Medina sandstone. Also known as the "Old Stone Store", or the "Copeland Store".
7 Cobblestone Historic District
Cobblestone Historic District
April 1, 1993
Ridge Rd. (NY 104)
43°17′13″N 78°11′24″W / 43.286944°N 78.19°W / 43.286944; -78.19 (Cobblestone Historic District)
Childs Orleans County's only National Historic Landmark, and the state's smallest NHL district, consists of three 19th-century cobblestone buildings reflecting style at its highest in different periods. They include the state's oldest known cobblestone church and its parsonage, as well as one of only two buildings with cobblestone veneer over wood frame.
8 Cobblestone Inn
Cobblestone Inn
July 24, 2007
12226 Ridge Rd.
43°16′28″N 78°19′59″W / 43.274444°N 78.333056°W / 43.274444; -78.333056 (Cobblestone Inn)
Oak Orchard on-the-Ridge This 1837 tavern, which one served traffic on the Ridge Road, is possibly the largest cobblestone building in the state. It later became a restaurant and is now a residential duplex
9 Benjamin Franklin Gates House
Benjamin Franklin Gates House
June 4, 2009
13079 W. Lee Rd.
43°12′10″N 78°16′43″W / 43.202778°N 78.278611°W / 43.202778; -78.278611 (Benjamin Franklin Gates House)
Barre Gates, a pioneering settler of Barre, built this Greek Revival stacked-plank house and the region's first tannery around 1830. New owners restored it in the early 21st century; it is still a working farm.
10 Hillside Cemetery
June 25, 2013
NY 237 & S. Holley Rd.
43°12′57″N 78°01′54″W / 43.2159488°N 78.0315884°W / 43.2159488; -78.0315884 (Hillside Cemetery)
Clarendon Resting place of many early settlers of town later adapted into rural cemetery
11 Holley Village Historic District
Holley Village Historic District
August 24, 2015
1 Village Sq., 3-35 Frisbe Terrace, Public Sq., 32-34 Albion, 1-13 S. Main, 1 Wright, 2 White, 1 & 4-18 Thomas Sts.
43°13′33″N 78°01′36″W / 43.225767°N 78.0266787°W / 43.225767; -78.0266787 (Holley Village Historic District)
Holley Commercial and institutional core of a village as it developed over a century following a distinctive street plan along the Erie Canal.
12 Main Street Historic District
Main Street Historic District
March 23, 1995
Roughly, along Main and Center Sts., West Ave. and Proctor Pl.
43°13′13″N 78°23′13″W / 43.220278°N 78.386944°W / 43.220278; -78.386944 (Main Street Historic District)
Medina When Medina came into existence following the construction of the Erie Canal, this strip from the canal to the railroad tracks was the first area of the village. Its buildings, from the 1830s to the 1940s, are relics of Medina's industrial peak years. The district was later expanded slightly to include the Medina Railroad Museum building.
13 Medina Armory
Medina Armory
April 13, 1995
302 Pearl St.
43°13′19″N 78°23′32″W / 43.221944°N 78.392222°W / 43.221944; -78.392222 (Medina Armory)
Medina This structure, built of locally quarried Medina sandstone, was George Heins' first commission as state architect in 1901. It is today the Lake Plains YMCA.
14 Millville Cemetery
Millville Cemetery
October 31, 2007
E. Shelby Rd.
43°11′23″N 78°19′28″W / 43.189722°N 78.324444°W / 43.189722; -78.324444 (Millville Cemetery)
Millville This exemplary 1871 rural cemetery on a small hill, expanded from earlier burying ground, is the final resting place of many residents of this former bustling agricultural hamlet.
15 Mt. Albion Cemetery
Mt. Albion Cemetery
September 27, 1976
New York State Route 31
43°14′22″N 78°09′20″W / 43.239444°N 78.155556°W / 43.239444; -78.155556 (Mt. Albion Cemetery)
Town of Albion This rural cemetery was built in 1842 on a high drumlin outside of Albion. It features local Civil War monument and chapel. Among those buried here are many local politicians of the 19th century, and former Georgia governor Rufus Bullock.
16 New York State Barge Canal
October 15, 2014
Linear across county
43°14′56″N 78°11′27″W / 43.248815°N 78.190914°W / 43.248815; -78.190914 (New York State Barge Canal)
Albion, Gaines, Holley, Medina, Murray, Ridgeway, Shelby Successor to Erie Canal approved by state voters in early 20th century to compete with railroads.
17 North Main-Bank Streets Historic District
North Main-Bank Streets Historic District
November 30, 1994
Roughly, along N. Main, E. Bank, W. Bank and Liberty Sts.
43°14′51″N 78°11′37″W / 43.2475°N 78.193611°W / 43.2475; -78.193611 (North Main-Bank Streets Historic District)
Albion The northerly of Albion's two downtown historic districts is one of the most intact commercial areas along the Erie Canal, with buildings from the century after its completion.
18 Orleans County Courthouse Historic District
Orleans County Courthouse Historic District
August 31, 1979
Courthouse Sq. and environs
43°14′45″N 78°11′36″W / 43.245833°N 78.193333°W / 43.245833; -78.193333 (Orleans County Courthouse Historic District)
Albion The southern downtown Albion historic district is the civic and religious center of the village and county. Centered around William Barlow's 1858 county courthouse are residential, commercial and institutional buildings, including seven churches. Many use Medina sandstone.
19 Payjack Chevrolet Building
Payjack Chevrolet Building
May 8, 2012
320 N. Main St.
43°13′21″N 78°23′16″W / 43.22259°N 78.38786°W / 43.22259; -78.38786 (Payjack Chevrolet Building)
Medina 1949 concrete building is intact example of car dealership facility built to General Motors international standards of that era.
20 Servoss House
Servoss House
February 28, 2008
3963 Fruit Ave.
43°13′00″N 78°25′51″W / 43.216667°N 78.430833°W / 43.216667; -78.430833 (Servoss House)
Ridgeway A former canal worker built this early 1830s Greek Revival house alongside the canal using an unusual horizontal-plank structural system.
21 John Shelp Cobblestone House
John Shelp Cobblestone House
November 20, 2008
10181 West Shelby Rd.
43°09′17″N 78°27′51″W / 43.154722°N 78.464167°W / 43.154722; -78.464167 (John Shelp Cobblestone House)
West Shelby In the late 19th century, the owners of this sophisticated 1836 Greek Revival cobblestone house redid the interior in the Queen Anne Style
22 Skinner-Tinkham House
Skinner-Tinkham House
April 15, 2004
4652 Oak Orchard Rd.
43°11′11″N 78°11′40″W / 43.186389°N 78.194444°W / 43.186389; -78.194444 (Skinner-Tinkham House)
Barre Center This 1829 Federal-style tavern along a busy highway, later remodeled into house, is one of the county's few surviving brick buildings in that style. Restoration efforts are underway after several decades of neglect.
23 Stevens–Sommerfeldt House
May 26, 2015
5482 Holley-Byron Rd.
43°08′52″N 78°04′15″W / 43.147887°N 78.0707476°W / 43.147887; -78.0707476 (Stevens–Sommerfeldt House)
Clarendon vicinity Rare surviving late Federal stone house, built in 1820s
24 Tousley-Church House
Tousley-Church House
February 5, 2002
249 N. Main St.
43°15′08″N 78°11′34″W / 43.252222°N 78.192778°W / 43.252222; -78.192778 (Tousley-Church House)
Albion This 1840 Greek Revival house was expanded ten years later in a fashion showing strong influence of Minard Lafever. Since being renovated in the 1930s it has housed the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter.
25 US Post Office-Albion
US Post Office-Albion
November 17, 1988
8 S. Main St.
43°14′46″N 78°11′39″W / 43.246°N 78.194083°W / 43.246; -78.194083 (US Post Office-Albion)
Albion This 1937 post office uses one of more popular Colonial Revival designs for post offices in the state. It is within the Orleans County Courthouse Historic District, but not considered a contributing property to that listing since it was built after 1910.
26 US Post Office-Medina
US Post Office-Medina
May 11, 1989
128 W. Center St.
43°13′14″N 78°23′19″W / 43.220556°N 78.388611°W / 43.220556; -78.388611 (US Post Office-Medina)
Medina The only other known reuse of this sophisticated 1931 Colonial Revival design is in Salem, Indiana.
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