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Irish American Heritage Museum
Preserving and displaying Irish heritage in
2267 Route 145
East Durham, NY
Known as the
Frederick Van Cortlandt House, it is the oldest building in The
Bronx. Built in the Georgian style in 1748, the house was
occupied by Van Cortlandts for 140 years. During the
Revolutionary War, its walls saw Washington, Rochambeau and
Lafayette. The house has been operated as a historic house
museum since 1897.Located in Van Cortlandt Park at Broadway & W.
246th Street in Bronx, NY.
Cayuga Museum of History & Art [Willard Case Mansion]
Housed in the
1836 Willard-Case mansion, the museum is focused on the
history of Cayuga County. Exhibits include the Case
Research Lab where Theodore Case invented the first
successful film with sound (talkies). Located at 203
Genessee Street in Auburn, NY.
The History House
Operated by the
Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society, the museum offers
artifacts and documents related to the history of Moravia,
NY. They offer the genealogy researcher many materials
and documents that will be of help in the
Luther Research Center and Archives . Located in
the History House at 14 W. Cayuga Street in Moravia, NY.
History Center [Virtual
Housed inside the 1863 Fenton
Mansion, the museum offers documents, photographs, artifacts
and exhibits related to the history of Jamestown and
Chautauqua County, NY. The mansion was home to NY
Governor Reuben E. Fenton and has been beautifully
genealogy library is located in the mansion which is
located at 67 Washington Street in Jamestown, NY.
Wings of Eagles Discovery Center
Features vintage airplanes, war planes and
even offers vintage airplane rides. Located at 17
Aviation Drive in Horseheads, NY.
Hanford Mills Museum
of Hanford Mills]
imagination at Hanford Mills Museum. Located in the
Catskills, just 30 minutes from Cooperstown, Hanford Mills
Museum lets visitors discover how renewable resources
powered the Mill's success for over a century.
Mills generated the power for East Meredith's first electric
lights in 1898. Come see history in a new light at Hanford
Mills. Connect with generations of people who made their
living at the Mill and experience 1920s domestic life in the
Hanford Farmhouse. See how steam and water power are
harnessed to bring the sawmill, the grist mill and
woodworking machines back to whirring, spinning life. Gift
shop and picnic area. Located at the intersection of
Delaware County Routes 10 and 12, in East Meredith, NY.
Amherst Museum [History] [Grounds Tour]
Explore 35 acres
of historic homes, churches, one-room schoolhouses and other
structures on the Erie Canal in Amherst, NY. Located
at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road.
and Erie County Historical Society Museum
Housed inside the
historical 1901 Pan-American Building, the focus of the museum
is on the history of Western New York through preservation of
historical artifacts, interpretation and educating visitors
about the past heritage of Western New York. Collections
include Iroquois artifacts, Erie Canal exhibits, artifacts from
the War of 1812, paintings and household items from the past.
Located at 25 Nottingham Court in Buffalo, NY.
Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum
Housed inside the
Gladys ScheideMantel house, the museum features the Roycroft
collection of furniture, copper and other related items along
with historical manuscripts and books. Located at 363
Oakwood Avenue in East Aurora, NY.
Crown Point State Historical Site
ruins of 18th century Crown Point structures built by both
the British and French who struggled for a claim here.
Located across the road from the Lake Champlain Visitors
Center at the Lake Champlain Bridge.
Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Landmark [History]
yesteryear at this historic fort. Costumed
interpreters, daily musket demonstrations and tours bring
history alive. During special events, you can witness
reenatcments. Learn more about the French and Indian
War and the Revolutionary War time period in American
history. Located off Route 74 in Ticonderoga, NY.
Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
This historic site
was once home to John Brown, the famed abolitionist. His
gravesite is located on the site. Located in the Adirondack
Mountains at 115 John Brown Road, in Lake Placid, NY.
Franklin County Historical & Museum Society
The "House of
History" was built ca 1863-1864 and features rooms with period
furnishings, collections of historical artifacts and a research
library for family history research. Located at 51
Milwaukee Street in Malone, NY.
Holland Land Office Museum
Holland Land Office building still stands today as a
reminder to the past and the beginnings of Batavia, a Dutch
community. Today it houses a museum featuring the
history and exhibits related to the early history of this
are of New York. Located at 131 W. Main Street in
The Jello Museum
Devoted to all
things related to the history of Jell-O. Located at 23
E. Main Street in Le Roy, NY.
Durham Center Museum - many genealogy records!
The Adirondack Museum [50
Years of History]
years of preservation of the historical artifacts and documents
of the Adirondacks, the museum is surrounded by 6 million acres
of lakes, forests, towns and villages which are all part of
Adirondack Park. The museum features historic buildings,
beautiful gardens, historic exhibits and even a research
library. Located just north of Blue Mountain Lake, NY on
Routes 28N and 30.
Operated by the Town
of Webb Historical Association, the museum is located in Old
Forge, NY. A research facility is now available for
Webb Historic Summer Trolley Tours
Tour guides relay the
history of the area as you are taken to historic sites in Webb
and Old Forge, NY. Contact for dates and times.
Brooklyn Historical Society and Museum
History of Brooklyn and the Society]
Devoted to the
400 year history of Brooklyn, NY. The society features
a museum of historical exhibits, photographs, artwork, and
educational center and a research library and archives.
Located at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn, NY.
Fort Greene Park Conservancy
Once the site of
a Revolutionary War fort, the park features a monument to
Revolutionary War prisoners who were held by the British in
Wallabout Bay on prison ships. The park is named for
Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene. Located at
85 S. Oxford Street in Brooklyn, NY.
Big Springs Museum at Caledonia
Focused on the
history of the Caledonia area. Located at 3095 Main Street
in Caledonia, NY.
American Maple Museum
A yummy sounding
museum dedicated to preserving the history and art of making
North American maple syrup. Inside the old Leo Memorial
School, you will find historic tools and equipment used to make
maple sugar and syrup from early time to present day.
Located at 9753 State Route 812, in Croghan, NY.
Georgian mansion was built in 1819 of native limestone by
William Constable Jr. Furnished in an outstanding elegance
and luxury of the time, the home features may of the original
furnishings today. It was at Constable hall in 1822 that Clement
Clark Moore, a first cousin of William Constable, Jr.'s widow,
wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas," which is popularly known
today as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." It remained in the
hands of the Constable family until 1947 when the late Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Lewis and Mrs. H.D. Cornwall, all of Beaver Falls,
bought the estate and restored the house and the lovely formal
garden. They then presented the property to the Constable Hall
Association, which today administers the property. The house is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places and appears
in many guidebooks, including American Heritage Historic Houses
Mennonite Heritage Farm [History]
This farmstead was called home by three
generations of the Moser family from Alsace-Lorraine.
Today the farm is a living history museum where one can step
back in time to a simpler life. Tours are offered and one
can purchase Mennonite quilts and antiques. Call ahead for
hours and special living history festivals. 315-346-1122,
Located on the
Erie Canal Road in Kirschnerville just east of Croghan, NY.
RHSNNY - Old Train Depot and Museum
Housed in the old
Croghan train station, the museum holds memorabilia and
historical artifacts of the "olden days" in Croghan, NY.
Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse
The lighthouse was built in 1822 and the
lighthouse keeper's house located on the grounds was built
in 1863. The Lighthouse Keeper's House features
exhibits and visitors are allowed to climb the 40 foot tower
and view the Genesse River and Lake Ontario. Tours are
given seasonally on weekends. Special group tours are
available by special request. Located at 70 Lighthouse
Street in the Charlotte Community of Rochester, NY.
Fairport Historical Society and Museum
Ganondagan State Historic Site
a Native American community of Seneca people located in what
is known today as the town of Victor. Learn about the
Senecas as you walk this replica of the "Town of Peace"
which was once located here.
George Eastman House [Exhibitions]
The 100 year
old mansion features 51 rooms and was home to Eastman
Kodak's founder George Eastman. Located at 900 East
Avenue in Rochester, NY.
Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum [Granger
The Greece Historical Society Museum
Devoted to the
collection and preservation of historical artifacts and
items related to the history of the town of Greece.
Exhibits include the town's first fire wagon, Native
American displays, an 1870s house and more. Located at
595 Long Pond Rd. in Greece, NY.
Susan B. Anthony House
Little Red School House of Mohawk
History Timeline] [Historic homes and buildings]
The village of
Roslyn which got it's early beginnings as Hempstead Harbor
on Long Island in what is known today as Nassau County.
Historical buildings have been preserved and restored.
Visitors will enjoy over 80 historical structures in a one
square mile area of the Village. The Van
Nostrand-Starkins House is operated by the Roslyn
Landmark Society as a museum where one can learn more about
the early history of the area. The house itself
contains period furnishings and is located at 221 Main
Island farmhouse was erected ca 1735 and features 11
furnished rooms, a museum and educational center.
Occupied by the Sands family an later by the Willets family,
a prominent Quaker family, this home has seen a lot of
history. Located at 336 Port Washington Blvd. in Port
Thomas Dodge House
Known as the
oldest surviving house in the Port Washington area, the
Thomas Dodge house was build ca 1721 and has been home to 7
generations of the Dodge family. The house which has
changed very little over the years, is being restored along
with the grounds which include a garden, barn, chicken coop,
and vintage outhouse. Currently open by appointment
only, it is located at 58 Harbor Road in Port Washington,
Originally built in 1835, St. Paul's Episcopal
Church is the home to the Lewiston Museum. Exhibits
include the War of 1812, Freedom Crossing Underground Railroad,
the 1720 French Settlement in Lewiston which was the beginning
of Great Lakes commerce. The museum has undergone
extensive renovations and is open to visitors. Located at
469 Plain Street in Lewiston, NY.
Niagara Falls State Park
New York County
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Tours must be booked in advance for this 1.5
hour tour which features Gary Marlon Suson's 9-11 recovery
photos, artifacts and a glimpse into what happened and what
occurred in the aftermath of the 9-11 attack. The
museum is located about 8 minutes from Ground Zero.
Tickets may be purchased from Zerve at 212-209-3370.
Mt. Vernon Hotel
Museum & Garden
One of the few remaining 18th-century buildings
in New York City, it was constructed in 1799 as a carriage house
and converted into a hotel in 1826. Through guided tours,
visitors are transported back to the Mount Vernon Hotel, a
19th-century country resort for New Yorkers escaping the crowded
city below 14th Street. The hotel is one of the seventh
oldest buildings in Manhattan. Located at 421 East 61st
Street in New York City, NY.
New York Historical Society Museum [Research Library]
New York City Police Museum
Great history of
the New York City Police Department. Includes a lot of
historical photos and information online. Located at 100
Old Slip in New York City, NY.
Ukrainian Institute of America
Erie Canal Museum [Exhibits and Photos]
Matilda Joslyn Gage Home
home was home to Matilda Joslyn Gage, daughter of well-known
abolitionist Dr. Hezekiah Joslyn. The home was once a
station for the Underground Railway. Matilda Joslyn Gage became
involved in the woman's suffrage movement and she gave much of
her life to the struggle for the complete liberation of women in
the United States. Her home is today a museum with each
room dedicated to a different theme. There is a Women's
Rights room, the Underground Railroad Room, the Haudenosaunee
Room, a room dedicated to Religious Freedom, a Local History
Room, a research library and gift shop. Located at 210
East Genesee Street in Fayetteville, NY.
Historical Association Museum
Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum
Constructed in 1816, this 19th century
Federal-style house has beautiful carved wood moldings,
period furnishings and original antiques which were owned by
the 4 generations of the Granger family who occupied the
home. In addition, lovely vintage carriage rides are
offered. Rentals are available for weddings and
special events. Located at 295 N. Main Street in
Museum and Icabod Town Homestead
Operated by the Victor Historical Society, the
museum is housed in the 1879 Valentown Hall. The Hall was
rescued from destruction by Sheldon Fisher in 1940 and has been
restored and filled with antiques, artifacts and heirlooms of
early settlers of the Victor, New York area. Today,
visitors will find a general store, meeting room, bakery,
harness shop, cobbler's shop, music school, and display cases
filled with a variety of items related to the history of Victor,
NY. Located at 7370 Valentown Square in Victor, NY.
Minisink Museum and Heritage Commission
Focus is on the
history of the town of Minisink. Located at 20 Roy Smith
Drive in Westtown, NY.
Cherry Valley Museum
Devoted to the
history of Cherry Valley and featuring exhibits related to the
Cherry Valley Massacre, the museum is located at 49 Main Street
in the Village of Cherry Valley, NY.
The Farmers Museum at Cooperstown
Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard [History]
Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum
Hyde Hall [History]
Visitors will take
a step back in time inside this beautiful 50 room house which
was built nearly 200 years ago. Originally the country
home to George Clarke, the home is being restored and is
available for tours and rentals. Located on Hyde Hall's
Drive in Cooperstown, NY.
National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum [History
National Soccer Hall of Fame & Museum
New York State CCC Museum [CCC Old Photos]
Gilbert Lake State Park [History]
Yager Museum of Art and Culture
The museum features a
variety of exhibits including galleries of art, history,
Susquehanna archaeology, American Indian collections and several
rotating exhibits. Located at One Hartwick Drive on the
campus of Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.
The Vander Ende Onderdonk House
Located in Ridgewood, NY, the house is the oldest
Dutch Colonial stone house standing in New York City. The
house serves a museum housing exhibits related to the history,
arts and culture of the house and surrounding area as well as
the archaeology of the Onderdonk site. Guided tours are
offered at special times of the year and the Greater Ridgewood
Historical Society maintains a history and genealogy research
library. The house is located at 1820 Flushing Avenue in
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
Located in the
Adirondacks, this cottage was where General Ulysses S. Grant
died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885. Today the cottage
and furnishings remain much the same as it was during the Grant
family's stay. Guests may tour the cottage. Located
in Wilton, NY.
Big Duck Historic Landmark
Built in 1931 by Martin Maurer (a duck
farmer), the duck is a unique piece of architecture.
The Big Duck is open to the public as an information center
and gift shop. Located on Flanders Road in Flanders,
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Northport Historical Soc. and Museum [Timeline & Photos]
Suffolk County Police Museum
Operated by the Suffolk County Police
Historical Society, the museum features a 1925 Station House
display and offers the history of law enforcement in Suffolk
County, NY. Located at 30 Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank,
O & W Railway Museum
Learn about the history of the O & W Railroad and
how it fostered the growth of the Roscoe area. Located at
7 Railroad Avenue in Roscoe, NY.
Historic Huguenot Street
historical stone houses dating back to the early 1700s, a
burial ground and a stone church, the museum is focused on
the French Huguenot refugees who settled here and created
this community. Located at 18 Broadhead Avenue in New
Bolton Historical Museum
Housed in a renovated 1890 Catholic Church, the
museum offers a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia
related to the history of Bolton and Warren County, NY.
Located at 4924 Main Street, Bolton Landing, NY.
North Creek Depot Museum
The North Creek
Depot Museum is a Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site and
one of ten such sites along the Theodore Roosevelt Heritage
Trail. The facility has been painstakingly restored to its
original condition in every way possible. Located at 5 Railroad
Place, North Creek NY 12853. Seasonal hours.
Slate Valley Museum
Square House Museum
The house, once
known as Stage House was originally owned by yeoman farmer Jacob
Pierce. Built between 1675 and 1683, the house has known 21
owners in total and was at one time operated as an inn and
tavern. Today, the house has been restored and turned into a
museum with exhibits related to the history of Rye. Self guided
tours daily and docent guided tours are available on request.
Call 914.967.7588. Located at 1 Purchase Street in Rye, NY.
Timothy Knapp House - Library & Archives.
(prominent member of the Rye community) built the oldest part of
this house between 1667 and 1680. The Knapp family
occupied the house until 1746 at which time the Halsted family
bought the home and made additions, occupying the home for over
150 years. In 1906 the home was purchased by Simeon Ford and
remained in the Ford family until 1992 when it was purchased by
the Rye Historical Society and restored. Now home to the Rye
Historical Society, visitors can take a step back into the
history of Rye. A research library containing historical
documents is located in the
archives at Knapp House. Located at 265 Rye Beach
Avenue and Milton Road in Rye, NY.
Letchworth State Park
heralded as "The Grand Canyon of the East", the park features 3
beautiful waterfalls created by the Genesee River as it roars
over 600 foot cliffs. The historic
Inn has been restored and is available for overnight stays
and meals while
offers horseback riding, carriage and sleigh rides.
Located in Castile, NY at Exit 7 on Interstate 390.
L. Caroline Underwood Museum
The museum is devoted to sharing hisotry of the
area along with the history of L. Caroline Underwood, teacher.
A research room is located inside the museum at 107 Chapel
Street in Penn Yan, NY.
Oliver House Museum
The home built in
1852 by Dr. Andrew Oliver, is an 18 room mansion in the
Italianate style. Serving as a mueusm, the house features
period furnishings along with collections of the historical
society. 200 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY.
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