Wayne County Historical Society, Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut Street, Lyons 14489. Hours Tuesday-Friday 10-4. Saturdays June, July, August. Closed December 9, 2016-Jan 9, 2017. General admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Wayne County Historical Society members are free. To find out more about the museum, its exhibits, programs, special events, and volunteer opportunities, call 315 946-4943 or visit the Wayne County Historical Society website at www.waynehistory.org. 2016 exhibits: January 21-March 11: “Scruples, Drachms and Grains”; March 24: “Did You Know…”; August 25: “The Evolution of the Little Black Dress”.  2017 exhibits: Feb 9: “Ann Collins, Equine Artist”; March 23: “Clinton’s Folly: 200 Years of Wayne County Canal Towns”; August 17: “Wayne County Fraternities”

Newark-Arcadia Historical Museum and Gift Shop open Saturdays all year 1-3 pm. Wednesdays June - September 6-8 pm. Located at 120 High Street, Newark. Wheelchair accessible. Admission is always free, with donations gratefully accepted. Exhibits on Spiritualism, Jackson& Perkins Co., C.H. Stuart Co./Sarah Coventry, Bloomer Bros., Edgett-Burnham Canning Co., and more. Newark-Arcadia Historical Society (N-AHS) http://newarkarcadiamuseum.org/  arcadiahistory@gmail.com Phone: (315) 331-6409.     Hoffman Clock Museum & Newark Public Library are across the street from the museum.     Marbletown Schoolhouse 6631 Miller Road, Newark is open Saturdays 1-3pm June – September 24, 2016.

Orders are now being taken for high-quality and matted prints of N-AHS member Oscar F. Anderson's Ye Hills of Wayne watercolor painting. Print size: 13.5" x 10.25". Size, matter: 16" x 20". Price $25. Postage & Handling: $5. The painting includes seven scenes of Wayne County in all seasons, plus three stanzas from Mary Ashley Townsend's (native of Lyons) famous poem, "Ye Hills of Wayne". For information, or to place an order: 315-331-6409. N-AHS, PO Box 289, Newark NY 14513-0289

High quality prints of a watercolor entitled "Sodus Light" by artist Craig L Davis are available. Painted in 2006, the size is approx. 15" x 11". A framed example is on display in the museum's Arts & Entertainment Room. The prints are $100 each, of which $25 will be donated to the N-AHS. Craig Davis is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Fine Arts. He is a Newark High School graduate, Class of 1978. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife Jennifer Bach and their two children.

Butler Historical Preservation Society has 2 museums. Butler Center Church Museum is located in Butler at 4518 Butler Center Road. Roe Cobblestone Schoolhouse is located 4576 VanVleck Road, Wolcott at the intersection with State Route 89. They are open May – October the first Saturday of the month from 10 am- 2 pm. Or call 315 594-2332 for an appointment. www.bhpsbutlerny.org

Galen Historical Society has 2 museums located in the Village of Clyde. The Mill museum located at 14 Sodus Street houses a large collection of farm implements, household items, and the Sports Hall of Fame. The Brick Church Museum located at 31 North Park has displays including the Clyde Glass Works, Morrison Printing Press, Modes of travel, Business, Military, Churches, and a large collection of Genealogy Records. Summer Hours June 1 - August 31: Wednesday 1-3, Saturday 10-noon with expansion during Memorial Day, Erie Canal Bike Tour in July, Clyde Community Festival in August, Autumn Tourism Saturdays in September & October, Veterans Day, Christmas Open House in December. Key holders are available to open Museum for tours at request. Galen Historical Society 315-923-7150 galenhistoricalsociety@gmail.com  http://www.galenhistoricalsociety.org

Lyons Heritage Society owns and operates the Hotchkiss Essential Oil Co. Peppermint Museum at the corner of Water Street and Leach Road, Lyons. Tours are available by calling 315-879-7617. Lyons Heritage Society also has a number of gift items in their Peppermint Shoppe: peppermint soaps and lotions, Hotchkiss label tea towels, Leman's Gourmet Peppermints, Hotchkiss History Books, peppermint candies, postcards and books. All proceeds go to the Lyons Heritage Society for its ongoing commitment to preserving the history of Lyons and maintaining the Peppermint Museum.

Lyons history "Winston Dobbins' Old Geezer Network". Several years ago, the late Winston Dobbins, a man who loved all things Lyons, created the #147;Old Geezer Network”. The network is an informal e-mail sharing of pictures, newspaper articles and memories of life in early Lyons. When Winston became ill and could no longer head the network, he asked Allyn Perry and Andi Evangelist to take over his position. Topics covered vary from week to week. Most recently there was an active discussion about car dealerships. The question, “Who sold Studebakers in Lyons and where was the shop located?” set off a flurry of varying opinions. Eventually the question was answered to everyone’s satisfaction after photos of newspaper ads were offered as proof. Some members are quick to become involved in the e-mail conversation and others just sit back and read what others write. Either approach is fine. The present “Geezer” membership ranges in age from 30ish to 90ish and includes people who still live in Lyons and those who have long since moved away. There is no fee to join. Anyone who is interested in remembering or learning about Lyons history is welcome to join. For more information or to sign up to become a member of Winston Dobbins’ Old Geezer Network, e-mail Andi Evangelist at aevange892@aol.com.

Marion Historic Association Museum 3827 North Main Street, Marion. Open during programs (listed in Events below), or by appointment. Contact Carolyn Adriaansen 315 926-4436.
Ontario Heritage Square Museum open Saturdays and Sundays 1:30-4pm first weekend June – first weekend October. Closed July 4 and Labor Day weekends. 7147 Ontario Center Road at the Brick Church Corner, Ontario.www.heritagesquaremuseum.org

Heritage Square Museum Opens for the Season

W.Y. Emery 1867 Schooner artifacts and photos remain on display at the Town of Ontario’s Heritage Square Museum, Ontario, NY

This ship sank in 1899 off Bear Creek Harbor in the Town of Ontario in Wayne County. A painting by R. Stevens of the famous Lake Ontario 1787 English war ship the H.M.S. Ontario is also on display. Learn about Bear Creek Harbor’s history from the early days of iron ore to atomic energy today.

Located at Brick Church Corners, 7147 Ontario Center Road, Heritage Square Museum is owned and operated by the Town of Ontario Historical and Landmark Preservation Society. This 19th century crossroads community is a 13-acre site that includes historical buildings such as the Ruffell log cabin (discover the secret behind the mantel clock), the Brick Church one-room schoolhouse, the Warner house (have you ever seen a Seraphine?), old town jail, apple dry house, Baptist Meeting House and the recently restored Hojack train station. All buildings have been carefully furnished with period artifacts and great displays. And don’t forget to visit the gift shop in the Hojack station to take home a special memory.

Historic Palmyra: Historic Palmyra has 5 museums at 1 destination and offers guided tours of all buildings.    2016 Theme – 40 years of museum ownership!!!

With 40 years of saving the Village of Palmyra’s north side from demolition.

  • The Palmyra Historical Museum 132 Market Street is a 23 room old hotel, boarding house, and  tavern themed in the most relevant and interesting collection.
  • The Historic Palmyra Erie Canal Depot 136 Market Street offers hands on, video, and a scale diorama of Lock 60 in Macedon.
  • The Historic Palmyra Print Shop 140-1/2 Market Street  features printing presses from the John M. Jones Company circa 1870-1920.  Zinc type, linotype, typewriters, lithostones from 1820 to 1972 with hands book mark or card making.
  • The Wm. Phelps General Store and home museums  140 Market Street two floors of an original Erie Canal building serving the new Erie in 1826 through to 1940.
  • The Alling Coverlet Museum 122 William Street holds the largest collection of hand woven coverlets (bed covers) in America.

Call for information at (315) 597-6981 or e-mail bjfhpinc@rochester.rr.com or visit our web site www.historicpalmyrany.com

Hours of operation: Open all year

summer from May 10th – October 31st 10:30 to 4:30 pm. Tuesday – Saturday

winter from Nov. 1st to May 10th 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Tuesday – Thursday.

Special tours, group and bus and school tours are available with reservations at any time.

Historic Palmyra is a Blue Star Museum for our active duty military and their immediate family.

Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society Museum and Gift Shop open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 1-4pm, June 15 - September 15. Located at 4130 Mill Street, Pultneyville. Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society web site: http://w-phs.org WPHS hotline: (315) 589-9892

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum open Tuesday through Sunday, Maythrough October 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed Mondays except holidays. Located at 7606 N Ontario St, Sodus Point. Sodus Bay Historical Society web site: www.soduspointlighthouse.org. Phone: (315) 483-4936

Walworth Museum 2257 Academy Street, Walworth. Museum Hours, June - September, Sundays & Wednesdays 2-4 p.m. To schedule a visit please call Jessie Keymel 315 524-9205.

Wolcott Historical Society Northup Carriage House open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Located on Jefferson Street, Wolcott.

The Discovery Edition of "Legend of the Lake," the story British warship HMS Ontario is now available with many fantastic images of the shipwreck that Dan Scoville and I, Jim Kennard, found in May 2008. For a full description of the contents of the book see our website page:
http://www.shipwreckworld.com/story/legend-of-the-lake-discovery-edition.aspx

2017

October

October 6,7, Friday, Saturday, 7pm and 8pm each day, Moonlight Cemetery Tour, Lakeview Cemetery  At Lake Road, Pultneyville. http://w-phs.org

October 7, Saturday, 9-3, Huron Day! At 6416 North Huron Road (between Lummisville and Old Ridge), Wolcott NY 14590.  Huron Grange, Huron Presbyterian Church, Old Town Hall-Museum.  Come Celebrate All Things Huron!! Artists, Crafters, Quilters, Farmers, Local Organizations.  Sponsored by the Town of Huron.  For more information: Rose Fox, Town of Huron Historian, 315-573-4493  https://www.facebook.com/historichuron/   http://www.historichuron.org/

October 7, Saturday, 6:30-9:30pm, Historic Palmyra, Sibyl’s Birthday Party  At William Phelps General Store, 140 Market Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  $20/person for everything.  $10/person for party only.  Sibyl was a spiritualist for more than 50 years.  You may see a guest show up from time to time that just doesn’t seem real.    Additional gallery reading will be held 8-10pm at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522. $20/person.  315-597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com

October 7, Saturday, 10am-2pm, BHPS Butler Historical Preservation Society Open House of Butler Center Church Museum and Roe Schoolhouse
 
At 4518 Butler Center Road (church) and 4576 Butler Center Road (schoolhouse), Butler/Wolcott NY  www.bhpsbutlerny.org

October 7, Saturday, 3pm, Newark-Arcadia Historical Society FREE Spooky Silent Film Series At Newark-Arcadia Museum, 120 High Street, Newark NY 14513.  Oct 7 very early short films of “Frankenstein”, with the star of the show a 1910 version produced by Thomas Edison himself. Encourage you to come in costume, have a glass of cider and some popcorn.  All programs include a brief chat about the origin of silent films as well as trivia about the films to be shown.  Films are unrated, and although previewed for content, may contain material you may consider unsuitable for some ages or personal tastes.  Viewer discretion is advised.  Reservations encouraged, by stopping at museum or calling 315 331-6409. Donations gratefully accepted. http://newarkarcadiamuseum.org

October 7-9, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Path Through History Weekend www.paththroughhistory.iloveny.com

October 8, Sunday, 2-4pm, Walworth Historical Society Open House Program “The Canaltown Chorale”   At  Walworth Museum, 2257 Academy Street, Walworth NY 14568.  2:30pm Chorale performing special songs related to the Erie Canal, Women’s Suffrage, WWI.  Free program.  http://walworthhistoricalsociety.org/

October 9, Columbus Day Monday, 10am-5pm, Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum free postcard with paid admission for all visitors mentioning “Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria” At Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point NY 14555.  315-483-4936 www.soduspointlighthouse.org

October 14, Saturday, 6pm; 7:30pm; 9pm, Historic Palmyra’s famous Cemetery Walk  At Historic Palmyra Cemetery, Vienna Street, Palmyra NY 14522. An amazing journey into the land of the dead.  315-597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com

October 14, Saturday, Lyons PumpkinPalooza This is the 9th annual PumpkinPalooza fall festival held in Lyons, NY 14489.  Join in the fun at Central Park for a day of family fun. There will be food and craft vendors, games, pumpkin painting, the favorite scream contest, entertainment by the local band Sinzibukwud returns and of course “The Great Pumpkin Roll”.  Meet and have your picture taken with our special guest, the Witch Minion, from 2 PM to 4 PM.

The festival starts with the Lyons Farmers Market at 7:30AM.  The craft and food trucks will be set up and ready to go at 11:00 a.m.  You will find your favorite craft & food vendors and meet a few new ones.  A new event for 2017 is a tour of our beautiful historic churches. More details on the tour coming soon. There is space available for craft vendors and food vendors. Please contact the Lyons Main Street Program at lyonsmainstreetprogram@gmail.com or 315-871—4220.

October 14, Saturday, 3pm, Newark-Arcadia Historical Society FREE Spooky Silent Film Series At Newark-Arcadia Museum, 120 High Street, Newark NY 14513.  Oct 14 a grab bag of spooky shorts, most fewer than 10 minutes with varying degrees of creepy, and all made between 1890 and 1920. Encourage you to come in costume, have a glass of cider and some popcorn.  All programs include a brief chat about the origin of silent films as well as trivia about the films to be shown.  Films are unrated, and although previewed for content, may contain material you may consider unsuitable for some ages or personal tastes.  Viewer discretion is advised.  Reservations encouraged, by stopping at museum or calling 315 331-6409. Donations gratefully accepted. http://newarkarcadiamuseum.org

October 15, Sunday, 3pm, BHPS Butler Historical Preservation Society Annual Meeting, Butler Center Church Museum  At 4518 Butler Center Road, Butler/Wolcott NY  www.bhpsbutlerny.org

October 16, Monday, 7pm, Lyons Heritage Society Program about the Life and Times of Myron Taylor, a Pillar in Lyons History. At Lyons Public Library, 122 Broad Street, Lyons NY 14489, in the community room. Speaker: Annette Harris.  Members and their guests are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served and a business meeting will follow the presentation.  www.lyonsheritagesociety.org

October 20, 21, Friday, Saturday, 6-9pm, Museum of Wayne County History Haunted Jail/Cellblock Terror At Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut Street, Lyons NY 14489.  Our popular Haunted Jail will give you much much more than goosebumps! We aim to scare! Bring the whole family, the haunted jail is scary, but ages 7 and up have a great time. $6 per person.  www.waynehistory.org

October 21, Saturday, 3pm, Newark-Arcadia Historical Society FREE Spooky Silent Film Series At Newark-Arcadia Museum, 120 High Street, Newark NY 14513.  Oct 21 features cartoons with skeletons, ghosts, and all manner of ghoulish goodies (the earliest from 1910). Encourage you to come in costume, have a glass of cider and some popcorn.  All programs include a brief chat about the origin of silent films as well as trivia about the films to be shown.  Films are unrated, and although previewed for content, may contain material you may consider unsuitable for some ages or personal tastes.  Viewer discretion is advised.  Reservations encouraged, by stopping at museum or calling 315 331-6409. Donations gratefully accepted. http://newarkarcadiamuseum.org

October 21, Saturday, 1-3pm, Wolcott Historical Society Program by Dick Camp “Ringed by fire, the siege of Khe-Sanh” from his book, “Lima-6”. At Wolcott Historical Society Carriage House Museum, 5994 Jefferson Street, Wolcott NY 14590.  Richard D. Camp grew up in Wolcott.  He has written many military books.  He will have books to purchase and have signed.  http://www.wolcottny.org/wolcott-historical-society.html

October 23, Monday, 6:30pm, Galen Historical Society quarterly meeting  At Brick Church Museum, 31 North Park Street, Clyde NY 14433;  www.galenhistoricalsociety.org

October 24, Tuesday, 7pm, WCNYGS Wayne County NY Genealogical Society Meeting and  Program “Probate: So Much More Than A Will”  At Newark-Arcadia Historical Society & Museum, 120 High Street, Newark NY 14513.  Speaker:  Dr. Marian Henry. www.wcnygs.com

October 27, Friday, 5-8pm, Lyons Night Out”  At downtown Lyons NY 14489.  www.LyonsNightOut.com

October 27,28, Friday, Saturday, 8-11pm, Wayne County Historical Society “The Real Haunt”  At Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut Street, Lyons NY 14489.  We will have ghost busters on every floor with their equipment and we invite residents to become part of the investigation.  We will also have a couple of psychics in the back room who will be on hand!  Tickets $30 per person.  www.waynehistory.org

October 28, Saturday, 7pm, “The Gift of Anger” talk by Arun Gandhi At Farmington Friends Church, 187 County Road 8, Farmington.  http://farmingtonmeetinghouse.org

October 28, Saturday, 3pm, Newark-Arcadia Historical Society FREE Spooky Silent Film Series At Newark-Arcadia Museum, 120 High Street, Newark NY 14513.  Oct 28 films chosen by popular vote. Encourage you to come in costume, have a glass of cider and some popcorn.  All programs include a brief chat about the origin of silent films as well as trivia about the films to be shown.  Films are unrated, and although previewed for content, may contain material you may consider unsuitable for some ages or personal tastes.  Viewer discretion is advised.  Reservations encouraged, by stopping at museum or calling 315 331-6409. Donations gratefully accepted. http://newarkarcadiamuseum.org

October 31, Tuesday, 10am-5pm, Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum Closing Day for 33rd Season, free postcard with paid admission for all visitors At Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, 7606 North Ontario Street, Sodus Point NY 14555.  315-483-4936 www.soduspointlighthouse.org

November

November 1, Wednesday, 6:30pm, W-PHS  Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society Harvest Dinner and Annual Meeting.  At Pultneyville Reformed Church, 7784 Hamilton Street, Pultneyville NY 14538.  www.W-PHS.org

November 12,  Sunday, 2pm, Walworth Historical Society Video Program-“Boom and Bust, America’s Journey on the Erie Canal”.  At Walworth Historical Society, 2257 Academy Street, Walworth NY 14568.  Program Free and open to the public.  For more information: www.walworthhistoricalsociety.org

November 16, 17, 18, Thursday, Friday 10-5 with luncheon 11:30-gone, Saturday 10am-2pm, Historic Palmyra’s Holiday Bazaar  At Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Vendors, luncheon, special gifts, antiques and crafts, homemade baked goods.  315-597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com

November 20,   Monday, Lyons Heritage Society Program with guest Miss Susan B Anthony portrayed by Ms Linda MacKinney. At Place TBA. www.lyonsheritagesociety.org

November 20,  Monday, 1pm, Walworth Historical Society Program-Celebrating the Grange Sesquicentennial.  At Walworth Historical Society, 2257 Academy Street, Walworth NY 14568.  Carol Bailey, Lyons Town Historian and lifelong Grange member as well as representatives of the Lincoln Grange will present Grange history for you.  Program Free and open to the public.  For more information: www.walworthhistoricalsociety.org

November 28, Tuesday, 7pm, WCNYGS Wayne County NY Genealogical Society Meeting and  Program “Family Treasure” theme Round Table Discussion  At Newark-Arcadia Historical Society & Museum, 120 High Street, Newark NY 14513.  Bring a family treasure and tell its story. www.wcnygs.com

December

December 1,2, Friday, Saturday, 10am-5pm, Wayne County Historical Society Holiday Boutique  At Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut Street, Lyons NY 14489.  Vendors fill the museum, lunch served downstairs.  Come and shop local!  www.waynehistory.org

December 3, Sunday, 3pm, BHPS Butler Historical Preservation Society Annual Advent Service, Butler Center Church Museum  At 4518 Butler Center Road, Butler/Wolcott NY  www.bhpsbutlerny.org

December 6, Wednesday, 7pm, W-PHS  Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society Christmas Program.  At Gates Hall, 4107 Lake Road, Pultneyville NY 14538.  www.W-PHS.org

December 9, Saturday, 4-8pm, Historic Palmyra Homestead Holiday Candlelight House Tour Begin at William Phelps General Store, 140 Market Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Tour of historic homes in the Village of Palmyra and 2 museums.  315-597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com

December 14, Thursday, 7pm, Newark-Arcadia Historical Society Program “Cupolas, Turrets and Widow’s Walks”   At Newark-Arcadia Museum, 120 High Street, Newark NY 14513.   Speaker: John Zornow.  Free - all welcome.  www.newarkarcadiamuseum.org

2018

July 21,22, Saturday, Sunday, Pultneyville Homecoming Festival  At Pultneyville. Always occurring on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday in July, Homecoming is two days of fun and celebration. The origins of the event date back to August 1957 when it marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of a post office in Pultneyville. The first Homecoming was a three-day event, starting with the appropriately attired Charles Easton delivering mail from Williamson to Pultneyville via Pony Express. http://w-phs.org

Ongoing:

Now available: Newark-Arcadia historical Museum Gift Shop “East of Newark, West of Lyons: the Board Game, Long Play Edition” $24.95 Based on the very popular trivia book of the same name, by David Benjamin, this new board game is sure to be equally popular as well as a collectors item. Profits from the sale of the games benefit the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society. Museum located at 120 High St, Newark. Open Saturdays 1-3, and at other times by chance or appointment. For information, call 315 331-6409

Now: "Gillette Wall Map 1858 Wayne County, New York" books available for $10 each at the Office of the County Historian Wayne County NY, 9 Pearl Street, Lyons. The office is above the Dept of Motor Vehicles. These newly reprinted books contain indexed maps of each town and hamlet in Wayne county in 1858. The index cross-references settlers/businesses names and locations. An original Gillette Wall Map is on the wall of the County Clerk's Office located on the first floor of 9 Pearl Street, Lyons.

This December 2004 printing is currently Sold Out...

  • Gillette Map
  • Gillette Book

Town of Butler CD with over 100 historic photosis being offered by Butler Historical Preservation Society.
Included is an interior view of the Roe Cobblestone Schoolhouse, a 1917 photo of the Butler Center Church, and a description of each photo. Contact Jim Chatfield (315) 594-9425, email: jchatfie@rochester.rr.com Cost is $15 plus $2 shipping. A booklet of the photos will be available soon.

Andrea Evangelist, author and president of the Lyons Civic Club, inc. is pleased to announce that copies of the book, A Look
At Lyons: History and Images of Lyons, New York
, are now available (December 2006) for purchase at four locations in Lyons: the main and branch offices of the Lyons National Bank, 35 William Street and Routes 14 & 31; Dobbins Drugs and The Old Pharmacy Gift Shop, 52-58 William Street; and James S. Sullivan Agency, 36 Canal Street. This 250-page, soft-covered, indexed, 8 1/2' x 11' publication contains over 300 captioned pictures that chronicle the history of Lyons. The Lyons National Bank and the Robert G. Boehmler Community Foundation generously sponsored the club's first publication. Chapter titles of the book include Early History of Lyons, Early Government, Lyons Village, Lyons Fire Department, Lyons Schools, Lyons Library, Entertainment, Medical Care In Lyons, Slavery & Underground Railroad, Taverns & Hotels, Joppa, Prohibition, Transportation, The Canal, Communication, Alloway, Ethnic Heritage, Lyons Organizations, Lyons Businesses, Lyons Churches, Memories, Myths & Trivia, The Easterly Murders, and Appendix. Books are being sold for $25 a copy. Profits made from book sales will go to fund future Lyons Civic Club, Inc. publications and club activities. To order a book for shipping, please call 315-946-3367 or 315-946-9340. There is an additional $5 charge to cover shipping and handling costs.