Holland Land Office Museum

Genesee County, New York
131 West Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020

(585) 343-4727


Museum, Gift Shop and
Book Store Hours:

Sunday - Monday

Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 4pm

$1 Child
$3 Student/Veteran/Senior
$5 Adult
$10 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Members Free

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Ryan Duffy

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At Home Exhibit- Linda Pontillo Pratt

At Home Exhibits submitted by the community:

Linda Pontillo Pratt:

Pontillo family restaurant at the Cary Mansion.

Brothers Tony, Sam and Jim with sister Jennie
These are 3 of the Pontillo brothers with one of their sisters.  A few years after this photo was taken, in 1947, when Jim, Tony and Sam were in their early twenties, they opened Pontillo's Pizzeria and Restaurant in Batavia, NY.  
My Dad Jim is on the right.

1949 Cary mansion exterior photo
Once the boys' business began to take off they were able to transition to the impressive Cary Mansion, where their restaurant flourished.

This is an actual menu they used while running their business at the Cary Mansion.

Our family celebrated weddings, baptisms (including mine), and other family events at the Cary Mansion during the time Pontillo's were there.
This is the wedding of my dad's sister Anna and her husband Ken Veltz with Pontillo and Peca families next to them in front of the Mansion.

These are the only known photos of the inside of the Cary Mansion.  They were taken while it was still a Pontillo's Restaurant and Pizzeria.  
The inside of the mansion was beautiful.  You can even see a mural of Niagara Falls and a steamboat hand-painted on one of the walls.
Years later the Cary Mansion was closed and torn down during a city revitalization project.  
What was once a grand mansion at 211 East Main Street is now a parking lot.  

At one time 8 of the 9 Pontillo siblings (shown here with their parents Filomena and Angelo) owned a Pontillo's Pizzeria either in Batavia or in surrounding areas.  Many of their children and grandchildren still own Pontillo's restaurants today outside of Batavia.  Some of our parents' best family memories were the ones that were made at the Cary Mansion.

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