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Museums in Seneca County

Military Museum

Sampson State Park

6096 State Rt. 96A

Romulus, NY 14541

315-585-6392

Dedicated to World War II Air Force veterans.

Farmers' Museum

8391 Main St.

Interlaken, NY 14847

607-532-4213

All aspects of 19th century farming displayed in the Nivison Grain Cradle Building owned by the Interlaken Historical Society.

Hinman Building Museum

8390 Main St.

Interlaken, NY 14847

607-532-4213

The Interlaken Historical Society's collection of domestic artifacts, 3,300 photographs and glass plate negatives, American Indian artifacts, and local history items displayed in the Hinman Family Home. Library and reference room.

Hunt House

401 E. Main St.

Waterloo, NY 13165

315-568-2991

The home of Jane C. Hunt and Richard Pell Hunt. Richard Hunt was a Quaker and the richest man in Waterloo. He owned several farms and was secretary of the Waterloo Woolen Factory. With a partner, he also owned a dry-goods store called Hunt and Hoyt. He made a contribution to build the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls and supported the anti-slavery movement. In 1842 he was vice-president of the American Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, and it is suspected that the Hunt house was a way-station on the Underground Railroad. In 1845 he was married for the fourth time to June Clothier Master. The house was the location where Jane Hunt and other activists met to plan the women's rights convention. Richard Hunt was directly related to eight signers of the Declaration of Sentiments. The house is part of the Women's Right National Historical Park.

MacDougall School

5705 Main St.

Romulus, NY 14541

315-585-6673

An 1824 one-room schoolhouse with an interesting history. Open by appointment and usually on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-noon June, July and August. Painting of the school by Dan Motill.

Memorial Day Museum

William H. Burton House

35 E. Main St.

Waterloo, NY 13165

This historic house acts as a museum describing the story of the birth of Memorial Day.

Rose Hill Mansion

Rt. 96A

Fayette (Hamlet of Rose Hill), NY 13065

315-789-5151

One of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country. Mansion, carriage house, several outbuildings, and garden. A National Historic Landmark.

Sampson Memorial Naval Museum

Rt. 96A

Sampson State Park

Romulus, NY 14561

585-393-9590

Dedicated to World War II Navy veterans.

Seneca Falls Historical Society Museum

55 Cayuga St. (Rts. 5 & 20)

Seneca Falls, NY 13148

315-568-8412

The museum is located in a 23-room Queen Anne-style house that has been carefully maintained along with its late-Victorian furnishings. (The house is extensively described, with numerous photographs, on the Society's Web site.) Also on display are various local history exhibits. Outdoors are a Seth Thomas #7 Tower Clock and a Gothic Revival tool shed called the "Bee Hive" that is now a replica of a general store.

Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry

89 Fall St.

Seneca Falls, NY 13148

315-568-1510

The Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry brings to life the industrial and canal history of Seneca Falls through its four dioramas, many artifacts, and large mural drawing and maps. The three-floor museum shows how the harnessing of the water power of the Seneca River gave rise to numerous industries, turning Seneca Falls into the “fire engine capital of the world” and the “pump capital of North and South America.”

Elizabeth Cady Stanton House

32 Washington St.

Seneca Falls, NY 13148

315-568-2991

Associated with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), women's rights activist, this modest house has great historical significance. Part of the Women's Rights National Historical Park. Designated a National Historic Landmark.

Terwilliger Museum

31 E. Williams St.

Waterloo, NY 13165

315-539-0533

An annex to the lovely Queen Anne-style Waterloo Library and Historical Society building, the museum has photographs and maps from as early as 1806 that depict the lay of the land and give a sense of what life was like in the Village of Waterloo at the end of the 19th century. Visitors will see a replica of a general store, authentic full-sized vehicles, American Indian artifacts, and a display of Waterloo firsts, including pianos and organs manufactured in Waterloo. Currency, antique guns, medical instruments, dolls, and a unique display of early funeral customs are a sampling of other exhibits.

Mike Weaver Drain Tile Museum / John Johnston House

Jct. of Rt. 96A and E. Lake Rd.

Fayette, NY 13065

315-789-5151

The history of tile drainage. Collections include a wide variety of tiles, letters, papers, pamphlets and books on tile drainage.

 

 

 

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