Countryside Charm

story by Tina Manzer
photos by Brandon Vick

Sitting on 4 acres surrounded by farmland, the Reed Homestead in Livonia has a storied history going back nearly 220 years. It was the home of Philip Reed from Vermont, a Revolutionary War soldier who fought in the Genesee Region. He remembered its beauty and returned, building the first brick home in town.

Amy Linehan, a former fashion executive from Manhattan, purchased the vacant property in 2012. Aside from needing a lot of love, the cozy homestead was just what she’d been looking for. “In my travels, I had acquired quite a few mementos and developed an aesthetic for unique and interesting styles. I was longing to find a home; the perfect spot to settle in. The Reed Homestead called to me.”

She carefully preserved and restored what she could, especially the plaster walls and original hardwoods. “With seven fireplaces and 12-over-12 windows, Reed Homestead is very charming and welcoming – perfect for when company comes to call,” says Amy. “Couples tell us they love the tranquility, the view, and all the comforts we provide.”

The Federal-style home sleeps eight, in large rooms with high ceilings – quite extraordinary given the location and time period. “When the Western Landmark Society toured, they called it ‘remarkable,’ with simple but elegant details that are very special in a countryside setting,” explains Amy.

A special treat is the fully-equipped kitchen – for dinner parties with a private chef. “This summer our bookings included everything from anniversary celebrations and getaway weekends to an 80th birthday party!” she adds. “We have been pleased to host guests from all over the world who come to see the beauty of the Finger Lakes.”

Reed Homestead is available for overnight guest stays and has a gift shop personally curated by Amy, full of exclusive Finger Lakes treasures. For more information, visit

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