Historic Village
The Largest Living History Museum in New York State

Explore a working 19th-century Historic Village

The third largest living history museum in the country!

Explore our 68 buildings where knowledgeable, costumed historical interpreters keep the hearth fires burning, the heirloom gardens flourishing, and the livestock tended. Watch live demonstrations at the pottery, cooper shop, tinsmith, and blacksmith. Smell the aroma of fresh-baked hand pies and bread, step inside a historic tavern, feel the warmth of a hearth fire, and so much more. 

As you stroll the village, notice that you progress through three time periods… with lifestyles, technology, and architecture growing more changing as time moves forward.

1790 - 1820

Pioneer Settlement

From 1790 to 1820, at least 800,000 people moved into or through upstate and Western New York. Many settled in the fertile Genesee Valley.



Center Village

Rather than the scattered, self-sustaining small farms of the pioneer period, by 1830 the Genesee Valley was comprised of homes that were gathered around a proper town center.



Gas Light District

The Civil War accelerated change, bringing in more mechanization on the farm and additional industries in the cities and towns.


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