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Genesee Country Village & Museum was founded in1966 by John L. Wehle,created to help preserve the vanishing rural architecture of the Genesee Country, an area encompassing the Genesee River and stretching from the Finger Lakes to the Niagara Frontier and Lake Erie. Today, this living history museum includes a 19thcentury village, a gallery, a nature center, and  600 acres of gardens and wildlife.

GCV&M is New York State's Largest Living History Museum and hosts more than 90,000 visitors each year.

Furnished with more than 15,000 artifacts, the Historic Village includes 68 structures originating from a 11 counties in Western New York State. Early maps and business directories guided the planning of the Village. Historians also built upon their knowledge of the past by reading court records, newspapers, inventories, journals, and letters.

The buildings depict how a small town in the region might have changed over time, providing insight into the origins of current customs, traditions, and social values. Grouped into three different periods in history, the Village includes a Pioneer Settlement (1795–1830), Center Village (1830–1860), and Gas Light District (1860–1900). Each area has live trade, craft, cooking, and agricultural demonstrations with knowledgeable interpreters in period-appropriate dress. The Village depicts activities of everyday life as well as seasonal programs that allow visitors to see what it might have been like to refine maple sugar, harvest field crops, participate in an agricultural fair, celebrate Yuletide, or fight a Civil War battle..

More than a dozen gardens populate Genesee Country Village & Museum. Each of the Village gardens is designed as part of a building’s historical environment. There is a medicinal herb garden, several hardy vegetable gardens, and ornamental gardens reflecting the tastes of the 19th century leisure class.

In the Museum, the world-renowned John L. Wehle Gallery features paintings, prints, and sculptures of sporting and wildlife art that span four centuries. Its Susan Greene Historic Costume Collection, opened in 2012, is heralded as one of the finest collections of 19th century clothing in North America. Together, the exhibits help visitors gain a deeper appreciation of America’s past.