In the 1920s, the federal government passed prohibition laws that banned the manufacture and sale of alcohol. This effectively ended hop farming. Additionally, the rise of industrial farming during World War I made it harder to be a small-scale farmer. Between 1890 and 1920, South Bristol’s population fell from 1,225 to 695. In Frost Town, the school was closed in the 1920s, only a few houses remained occupied after 1930, and most residents migrated to Naples, Rochester, or other areas.
1970s – The Cumming Nature Center
After Frost Town’s lots were abandoned, many of them were bought up and consolidated for private hunting use. The land that now belongs to the Cumming Nature Center was first consolidated as a hunting estate for George Bonbright in the 1920s. In the 1940s, it was sold to the Cumming family who donated it to the Rochester Museum and Science Center in 1973.