Land Office Museum
It all began at the Holland Land
Office, an 1815 building where the 3 million acres of Western New York lands were
surveyed and sold. Exhibits range from prehistoric mastodon bones and 19th century
military equipment to furniture, clothing and various household goods. Holland
Land Office Museum, Batavia, Genesee County. 716-343-4727.
At Genesee Country Village, authentically-dressed villagers
go about their daily business, whether it be blacksmith, printer or merchant.
This living history museum is an authentic expression of regional life 150 years
ago. The museum is comprised of a 19th century village featuring 57 historically
significant structures; the Gallery of Sporting Art offering the works of wildlife
artists like Audubon and Tunnicliffe; and a 375-acre Nature Center and Wildlife
Refuge. Special events, like a Civil War reenactment or Bagpipe Weekend, make
each museum trip unique. Genesee Country Village,
Mumford, Monroe County. 585-538-6822.
Brown's Race Historic
In 1818, Francis and Matthew Brown cut a quarter mile channel
through solid bedrock and harnessed the power of the Genesee River's 96-foot High
Falls to bring water power to Rochesterville. Today, Brown's Race Historic District
pays tribute to these early 19th century entrepreneurs and their fledgling technology.
Visitors can see the original, rebuilt 25-foot, 12-ton waterwheel ensconced in
its original chamber. Another tribute to early Rochester technology, the Center
at High Falls is a commercial center set in a restored factory.
Race Historic District, State and Platt streets, Rochester, Monroe County. 585-325-2030.
Homestead &Carriage Museum
The Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum
is a grand, yellow Jeffersonian mansion built by Gideon Granger, postmaster general
for Presidents Jefferson and Madison. Built in 1816, it is filled with authentic
period furnishings belonging to the Granger family. The nearby carriage barn houses
WNY's largest carriage collection, dating from 1800 to the mid-1930s.
Homestead &Carriage Museum, Canandaigua, 585-394-1472.
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