34 North Street


The original part of this house was probably built between 1852 and 1858 by/for Patrick Burns. An 1852 map of Geneseo shows no house here, while an 1858 map does. A deed search shows that Patrick Burns owned the property from 1850 to 1861. An article in the Livingston Leader says that Patrick Burns was the second Geneseo casualty of the Civil War and that he resided in this house. In 1861 this property was acquired by the Sheriff and for the next 40 or so years was owned by Charles Smith and Gilman Perkins.

In 1904 the house was purchased by Frances Burns, daughter of Patrick. She probably had been residing here since the property was seized, because when she died in 1946 at the age of 92 the Livingston Republican stated that she was born and lived all her life at 34 North Street. In 1947 the property was purchased by Hugh and Mary Clarke.