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 120 High Street, Newark NY.  Open Saturdays all year 1-3 pm. Wednesdays July – September 6-8 pm.  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.  New Exhibit 2018 through 2019 April “In Celebration of the Rose: The Jackson & Perkins Co.”     Hoffman Clock Museum & Newark Public Library are across the street from the museum.     Marbletown Schoolhouse 6631 Miller Road, Newark is open Saturdays July – September 1-3pm.

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.

Macedon Historical Society mission: to promote and encourage historical research and preservation regarding the community of Macedon NY and to disseminate that information. Meetings are second Tuesday of each month, 6pm. Dec-Feb meet at Town Office Building, Aldrich Room, 32 Main Street, Macedon 14502. March-Nov meet at Macedon Academy, 1185 Macedon Center Road, Macedon Center NY. Academy Open House last Sunday of months June-Sept, 2-4pm. Admission free, with donations greatly appreciated. http://www.macedonhistoricalsociety.org/

Marion Historic Association Museum 3827 North Main Street, Marion. https://www.facebook.com/marionhistorian/   315 926-5816.

Ontario Heritage Square Museum is not open for tours at this time, but the Society encourages the public to explore the grounds, the Ontario Time Line and the informational signs outside each of its 10 buildings.  The Society has always believed in the Museum’s value to this community and to Wayne County.  No fee for exploration.  Heritage Square Museum is owned and operated by the Town of Ontario Historical and Landmark Preservation Society, located at 7147 Ontario Center Road, Ontario NY 14519.  Visit www.heritagesquaremuseum.org

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.

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

2020 September, museums are open Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Saturday by appointment.  Masks required for anyone entering the building who is over the age of 2 and is medically able to wear one.  Guests will be asked to sign a waiver and certification.  Tours will be limited to the party you arrive with.  Please be patient, as there may be increased wait times.  Many upcoming events have been canceled or postponed.  Please watch our website www.historicpalmyrany.com for the latest updates.  Ghost hunts can be booked under new guidelines.  Please contact us.

Please consider contactless payments.  Tickets can be purchased and donations can be made online.  Please visit our online store at  https://historic-palmyra-inc.square.site/  We can also take credit card payments over the phone.

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 and Monday holidays, 2019 May 15 through October 15. 12-5pm May, September and October.  10am-5pm June, July and August.  Located at 7606 N Ontario St, Sodus Point NY 14555-9536. Sodus Bay Historical Society web site: www.sodusbaylighthouse.org  Phone: (315) 483-4936

Walworth Museum 2257 Academy Street, Walworth. Museum Hours by appointment only for remainder of 2020. www.walworthhistoricalsociety.org To schedule a visit please call Jessie Keymel 315 524-9205.

Wolcott Historical Society Northup Carriage House 2019 open May and June first and third Saturdays 10am – 2pm (May 4, 18, June 1, 15). Open July and August every Saturday 10am-2pm (July 6,13,20,27, August 3,10,17,24,31) Located 5994 Jefferson Street, Wolcott NY 14590.

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.



September 5, 12, 19, 26, Saturdays, 1-3pm, N-AHS Newark-Arcadia Historical Society Museum  open At 120 High Street, Newark NY .  Visitors required to wear face coverings while in the building. Please do not visit if, in the past 14 days, you have tested positive for Covid-19 or have exhibited any symptoms during that period. The 2019-20 exhibit, “Hometown Grown: 200 Years of Agriculture” continues, filling much of the front room.  Permanent exhibits include the Erie Canal, Sarah Coventry & Emmons Jewelry, Jackson & Perkins Rose Co., the Fox Sisters, photos of downtown Newark (1870s-1970, including some great aerials), Bloomer Bros. Co., and much more.  The museum has a research room and a gift shop.  Please make gift shop purchases by check if possible.  315-331-6409  www.newarkarcadiamuseum.org

September 12, Saturday, Marion Historic Association Fall Festival Open House at Marion Events Organization.  https://www.facebook.com/marionhistorian/

September 12, Saturday, 8-10:30pm, Historic Palmyra Murder, Mystery, and Tragedy Tour Start at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra.  $20/person. Masks required.  This special tour, given by our history experts will allow you to join the spirits of tragedy as you journey through Palmyra’s dark past.  Many haunting tales will be told on this unique walk. Bring a flashlight.  www.historicpalmyrany.com     There is a strict attendance cap for this event and tickets are Pre-Sale Only.  https://historic-palmyra-inc.square.site/

September 15, Tuesday, 2pm, Palmyra Library “Wayne County Digital History Holdings & Bicentennial”  via Zoom.  Free!  Please email blewis@pls-net.org for link to register.

September 20, Sunday, 2pm, Marion Historic Association Program, “Local Railroad History”  At Marion Museum at Jennie’s House, 3794 South Main Street, Marion NY.  Speaker: Sandi Saracen, Ontario-Midland Railroad Corp.  Items on display from Newark-Marion Railway.  https://www.facebook.com/marionhistorian/

September 20, Sunday, 11am-2pm, Historic Palmyra Chicken BBQ Fundraiser Drive-thru at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra.  $13/person.  Pre-sale orders will be held until 1pm.  ½ chicken, salt potatoes, coleslaw, roll and butt, choice of beverage.  Catered by Old Mill Catering. www.historicpalmyrany.com     https://historic-palmyra-inc.square.site/

CANCELLED EVENT September 21, Monday, 7:30pm, Walworth Historical Society General Meeting: Program “Marion Vinegar Works”  At Walworth Museum, 2257 Academy Street, Walworth NY.  Speaker: Lucinda Collier (whose father worked there in the 1930’s.  Also a brief Annual Meeting/Elections, which were postponed from 2020 May 18.    www.walworthhistoricalsociety.org

September 26, Saturday, 7pm-12am, Historic Palmyra World’s Largest Ghost Hunt  Meet at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra.  $45/person. Masks required.  A large ensemble of ghost hunting teams will simultaneously take part in a night of paranormal investigations in the most haunted public places throughout the world.  Called “Ghost Hunting Satellites.”  Join Historic Palmyra for one of these investigations and experience this exciting event  www.historicpalmyrany.com   Limited tickets are available and will be sold in our online store.    https://historic-palmyra-inc.square.site/

September 27, Sunday, Macedon Historical Society Open House At Macedon Academy, 1185 Macedon Center Road, Macedon Center.  http://www.macedonhistoricalsociety.org/

September 27, Sunday, 11am-1pm, N-AHS Newark-Arcadia Historical Society Chicken BBQ Fundraiser  At Save-a-Lot parking lot.  Tickets available at Newark Wegmans, and the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society Museum 120 High Street, Newark NY .   www.newarkarcadiamuseum.org

September 28, Monday, noon, Palmyra Library Local History LIVE @ Lunch on Facebook in Palmyra Community Library https://www.facebook.com/palmyracommunitylibrary/  Join Betsy Lewis, Palmyra Library’s go-to history person, and Palmyra Town Historian as she uncovers an item from Palmyra Community Library’s Local History Room.  Join the dig and conversation and learn a little bit about Palmyra’s history.  This is a Facebook LIVE event.  Tune in at noon and eat your lunch and learn at the same time.  Free.  Registration not required.


October 2, Friday, 7-8pm, W-PHS Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society Moonlight Cemetery Tour   At Lake View Cemetery, West Lake Road, Pultneyville NY https://w-phs.org/   https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsonPultneyvilleHistoricalSociety/

October 3, Saturday, 10am-3pm, N-AHS Newark-Arcadia Historical Society 3rd Biennial Historic Barn Tour, Town of Arcadia  Tickets available by September 1 at Newark-Arcadia Museum, 120 High Street, Newark NY.  https://newarkarcadiamuseum.org/  Info: 315-331-6409

October 7, Wednesday, noon, WHO- Wayne Historians Organization At Huron Presbyterian Church, 6464 North Huron Road, Huron NY. Hosted by: Huron Town Historian.  https://historichuron.org  http://www.waynehistorians.org

October 8, Thursday, 7pm, N-AHS Newark-Arcadia Historical Society Program Meeting, “The Lives of Maggie & Kate Fox”  At Alex Eligh Community Center, 303 East Ave, Newark NY.  Masks required .  Speaker: Tracy Murphy, curator and custodian of the Fox Sisters Hydesville Memorial Park, 1510 Hydesville Road, Newark. 315-331-6409  www.newarkarcadiamuseum.org

October 15, Thursday, 6:30pm, Marion Historic Association Meeting. At Marion Museum at Jennie’s House, 3794 South Main Street, Marion NY.  https://www.facebook.com/marionhistorian/

CANCELLED EVENT October 18, Sunday, 2pm, Walworth Historical Society Special Program Meeting, “Hamlet of Lincoln NY”  At Lodge at Ginegaw Park, Lorraine Drive, Walworth NY.  Rescheduled from 2020 March.    www.walworthhistoricalsociety.org

October 23-24, Friday, Saturday, 10am-3pm each day, Historic Palmyra Overshot Coverlet Weaving Workshop  at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra.  $75/person each day ($150 for the weekend).  One sample per day.  Spend the day weaving different overshot patterns on looms with Freda Peisley. You will take home the samples you weave, the paperwork for the pattern, and the inspiration to weave on your own.  Please bring your lunch.  Additional samples can be purchased at the workshop.   www.historicpalmyrany.com     https://historic-palmyra-inc.square.site/


November 4, Wednesday, 7pm, W-PHS Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society Harvest Dinner and Annual Meeting At Pultneyville Reformed Church, 7784 Hamilton Street, Pultneyville NY. https://w-phs.org/   https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsonPultneyvilleHistoricalSociety/

November 7, Saturday, 10-12pm, Historic Palmyra Spinning Flax Workshop at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra.  $45/person.  Bring your own wheel. The class includes all supplies other than the spinning wheel. www.historicpalmyrany.com     https://historic-palmyra-inc.square.site/

November 7, Saturday, 1-3pm, Historic Palmyra Spinning Silk Workshop  at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William Street, Palmyra.  $45/person.  Bring your own wheel.  The class includes all supplies other than the spinning wheel. www.historicpalmyrany.com     https://historic-palmyra-inc.square.site/

November 12, Thursday, 6:30pm, Marion Historic Association Meeting At Marion Museum at Jennie’s House, 3794 South Main Street, Marion NY.  https://www.facebook.com/marionhistorian/

November 15, Sunday, 2pm, Marion Historic Association Program, “Marion’s One Man Crime Spree”  At Marion Museum at Jennie’s House, 3794 South Main Street, Marion NY.  Speaker: Caryn Devlin, Marion Historian.  https://www.facebook.com/marionhistorian/

CANCELLED EVENT November 16, Monday, 1pm, Walworth Historical Society General Meeting: Program “Soup & A Story”  At Lodge at Ginegaw Park, Lorraine Drive, Walworth NY.  Soup for lunch.   www.walworthhistoricalsociety.org


December 3, Thursday, 7pm, W-PHS Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society Christmas Potpourri IV  https://w-phs.org/   https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsonPultneyvilleHistoricalSociety/

December 5, Saturday, 9-3pm Open House, 6:30pm Remembrance Ceremony, Marion Historic Association Holiday Open House and Remembrance Ceremony    At Marion Museum at Jennie’s House, 3794 South Main Street, Marion NY.  https://www.facebook.com/marionhistorian/

December 7, Monday, noon, WHO- Wayne Historians Organization At Wayne County Historical Society Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut Street, Lyons NY 14489.  Hosted by: Wayne County Historical Society.  http://waynehistory.org    http://www.waynehistorians.org


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, Public Safety Building 7376 State Route 31, STE 100  Lyons  NY  14489

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.

  • 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.

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