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 tours of the Hotchkiss Essential Oil Co. Peppermint Office corner of Water Street and Leach Road, Lyons are available by calling 315 946-4492. Lyons Heritage Society also has a number of gift items for sale: Lyons coverlets, Hotchkiss label tea towels, Leman's Gourmet Peppermints, Hotchkiss History Books, peppermint sticks and copies of "World War II Prisoner of War Camps in Wayne County, New York And Their Prisoners" by Annette T. Harris. All proceeds go to the Lyons Heritage Society for its ongoing commitment to preserving the history of Lyons, NY.
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 Keymel 315 524-9205 or Scott 315 524-9528.

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:



January 10Museum of Wayne County History reopen  At Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut Street, Lyons NY 14489.  315 946-4943. www.waynehistory.org

January 19, Thursday, 7-8:30pm, Historic Palmyra Program At Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Part 1: 7-8:30 “Collections, bottles, coverlets, and antiques.  How much are they worth?”  bring your items for a review and estimate.  Part 2: “Happy birthday Dr. Martin Luther King” with refreshments.  315-597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com

January 24, Tuesday, 7pm, WCNYGS Wayne County NY Genealogical Society meeting at Newark-Arcadia Historical Society Museum, 120 High Street, Newark NY 14513. www.wcnygs.com

January 29, Sunday, 2-4pm, Historic Palmyra fundraiser  At Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Essential oils.  Knock out the mid-winter blues.  Refreshments.  315-597-6981   www.historicpalmyrany.com


February 1, Wednesday, W-PHS  Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society Program by Michael Harland.   At Gates Hall, 4107 Lake Road, Pultneyville NY 14538.  Stories found while researching family ancestors.  www.W-PHS.org

February 9, Thursday, 6:30pm, Wayne County Historical Society Exhibit Preview Party At Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut Street, Lyons NY 14489.  Western Art by Equine Artist Ann Collins Featured in Exhibit.  The first exhibit of the year at the Museum of Wayne County History will be “Ann Collins Westerns.” Collins, born in Lyons, was one of the foremost artists of racehorses from the 1940’s to the 1980’s and made her fame on the racetracks of America painting the leading racehorses of her time. Very few knew that Collins, giving a nod to her childhood years growing up in Colorado, painted a Western a year throughout her career.  “Growing up, my earliest memories were the smell of turpentine and oil paint,” said Ann Collins’ daughter, Larry Ann Evans. “I remember her telling me to put ‘the finishing touch’ on the canvas and she would give me the paint brush and show me where to paint.”  Evans has been wanting to donate one of her mother’s western paintings to the museum. What better way than to mount an exhibit about them and then at the end of the exhibit pick one to donate. “But my mind was made up for me when a local church which is closing, Grace Episcopal, gave me back a painting that my mother had gifted to them. I thought, how perfect, a beautiful western for the museum.”  Evans will be the featured speaker at the exhibit’s preview party. This event is free and open to the public.   For more information, contact the Museum of Wayne County History by calling 315 946 4943 or look at the website www.waynehistory.org

February 16, Thursday, 7-9pm, Historic Palmyra Program At Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Newly released “Vietnam Reflections” by Michael Keene.  All vets encouraged to come to this program.  315-597-6981   www.historicpalmyrany.com



March 1, Wednesday, W-PHS  Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society Tour and History of the Williamson Original Candy Kitchen.  At 4069 West Main Street, Williamson NY 14589.  www.W-PHS.org

March 5, Sunday, 2pm, Rose Historical Society Community Round Table Remembrance  At Bernard Farnsworth Museum, 5016 North Main Street, North Rose NY 14516.  Topic to be announced.  www.facebook.com/Historic-

March 16, Thursday, 7pm, Historic Palmyra Program At Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Tracy Murphy speaking about “The Hydesville Fox Sisters – Supernatural, Murder, and Spiritualism” .  315-597-6981   www.historicpalmyrany.com



April 5, Wednesday, W-PHS  Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society Dutch Dinner.     At Pultneyville Reformed Church, 7784 Hamilton Street, Pultneyville NY 14538.  www.W-PHS.org

April 20, Thursday, Historic Palmyra Program At Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Ghost hunting reveal from the experts.  The spirits of the William Phelps General Store, the Palmyra Historical Museum.  With pictures paranormal apparitions, and voices of the past.  315-597-6981   www.historicpalmyrany.com

April 29, Saturday, 5:30-8pm, Historic Palmyra Annual Steak Dinner fundraiser  At Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Silent auction, live auction, entertainment, door prizes.  $25/person presale, $30 the day.  315-597-6981   www.historicpalmyrany.com

April 30, Sunday, 2pm, Rose Historical Society Program “Vikings on Sodus Bay”   At Bernard Farnsworth Museum, 5016 North Main Street, North Rose NY 14516.  www.facebook.com/Historic-Rose


May 18, Thursday, 6:30pm, Historic Palmyra Program  Begin and end at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Underground Railroad.  Visit sites around Palmyra Village that were involved in the UGRR.  Walking – ½ mile.  315-597-6981   www.historicpalmyrany.com


June 4, Sunday, 2pm, Rose Bernard Farnsworth Museum opens for the season   At Bernard Farnsworth Museum, 5016 North Main Street, North Rose NY 14516  www.facebook.com/Historic-Rose

June 10, Saturday, W-PHS  Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society “The Beauty and Bounty of Pultneyville Home Tour”   At Pultneyville NY 14538.  www.W-PHS.org

June 11, Sunday, 5pm, Rose Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner, with Program   At Rose Grange, 4101 State Route 414, Rose NY 14542. www.facebook.com/Historic-Rose

June 15, Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, Historic Palmyra Ice Cream Social.  Begin at Palmyra Historical Museum, 132 Market Street, or William Phelps General Store and Home Museum, 140 Market Street, for grand opening of new exhibits.  End at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522 with ice cream following the tours.  315-597-6981   www.historicpalmyrany.com

June 15,16,17, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9am-4pm, Historic Palmyra and Pal-Mac Lions’ Club Garage Sale At 163 Canandaigua Street at the corner of West Jackson Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  315-597-6981   www.historicpalmyrany.com

June 17-18, Saturday, Sunday, Path Through History Weekend www.paththroughhistory.iloveny.com


August 8, 9, 10, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11am-3pm, Historic Palmyra Digging Up Your History Archeological Camp  Meet at Historical Museum, 132 Market Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Cost $5/person/day for supplies.  For ages 7-15 and adults.  315-597-6981   www.historicpalmyrany.com

August 11, Friday, 8-10pm, Historic Palmyra Pirate Whitley Ghost Walk and hunt during Pirate Weekend. Begin at William Phelps General Store, 140 Market Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  $10/person.  315-597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com

August 12, Saturday, Historic Palmyra’s Erie Canal Pirate Weekend at the Museum, and Pirate Whitley’s Haunted Cave Stories told by Bloody Mary at 12:30 and 3:30 in the yard of the Palmyra Historical Museum, 132 Market Street, Palmyra NY 14522. All Museums open 11am-4pm at discounted Pirate pricing $2/ museum with $5 trail pass.  Children <age 15 no charge.  315-597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com

August 26, Saturday, 9-11pm, Historic Palmyra Historic Ghost Walk and hunt around the Village  Begin at Palmyra Historical Museum, 132 Market Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  Watch for the spirits of the museums.  $10/person. Rain or shine – done the entire 2 hours.  315-597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com


September 15, Friday, 8-10pm, Historic Palmyra Historic Ghost Walk Tour.  Park at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra NY 14522.  From Market Street to East Main Street we will discuss the darker side of Palmyra’s history.  $10/person.  315-597-6981 www.historicpalmyrany.com


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

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


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


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


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.