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House Museums in Seneca County

William H. Burton House

35 E. Main St.


Period: 1850-1874

Focus: The house currently houses the Waterloo Memorial Day Museum

Hunt House

401 E. Main St.


Period: 1825-1849

Focus: Associated with 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 known to be 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 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. For a more detailed description of Richard Hunt's life, see www.nps.gov/wori/biographies/huntrichard.htm. The Hunt House was acquired by the National Park Service in 2000 and is now open to the public.

John Johnston House

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

Town of Fayette

Period: 1800-1899

Focus: The house currently is home to the Mike Weaver Drain Tile Museum, which tells the history of tile drainage. Collections include a wide variety of tiles, letters, papers, pamphlets and books on tile drainage.

Rose Hill Mansion

Rt. 96A

Town of Fayette (Hamlet of Rose Hill)

Period: 1825-1899

Focus: Preservation of what is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country. Mansion, carriage house, several outbuildings, and garden. A National Historic Landmark.

Seneca Falls Historical Society Museum

55 Cayuga St. (Rts. 5 & 20)

Seneca Falls

Period: 1824-1899

Focus: Preservation of a carefully maintained 23-room Queen Anne-style house along with its late-Victorian furnishings and local history. (The house is extensively described, with numerous photographs, on the Society's Web site.)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton House

32 Washington St.

Seneca Falls, NY

Period: 1825-1874

Focus: Associated with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), women's rights activist. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton House is part of the Women's Rights National Historical Park and is open to the public.








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