Historic Dining

19th-Century Dining Experiences


Step back into the past at in the beautiful Historic Village at Genesee Country Village & Museum, and experience what it was like to enjoy a family-style dinner or tavern dinner in an authentic stagecoach inn once located in the heart of the Genesee Country.

Our historical menus change seasonally, and selections are all based on historical receipts (recipes) from the 1800s or earlier. Plus, on select special event days throughout the season, guests can enjoy Tea or Coffee Houses in Historic Hosmer’s Inn. 

Hosmer's Inn Dinners


The Sylvester Hosmer Inn, built in 1818 on the Ontario and Genesee Turnpike, a few miles west of the Genesee River near Avon (but now located in the Museum’s Historic Village), serves traditional tavern dinners on select weekend evenings in the fall!

Meet engaging characters from the past, and enjoy a delicious four-course meal that includes dishes prepared using receipts (recipes) from early 19th-century cookbooks. Learn about 19th-century dining customs and share the latest news from the Genesee Country and beyond. You’ll also have a chance to explore the Inn upstairs and down. Between the final two courses of your meal, take in the sights and smells of the fall around the Historic Village as you enjoy a private lantern tour with one of our guides. You may find it hard to journey back to the 21st century! 

Fall Historic Dining Experiences take place on select evenings in September and October.

Mrs. Hosmer's Tea House

We’re serving up a new, refreshing experience through our Historic Dining program, only on select special event weekends! Stop by Mrs. Hosmer’s Tea House to enjoy a cup of raspberry leaf tea, American Heritage® drinking chocolate, a delectable slice of cake (based on historical recipes), and more. If you decide that Historic Dining is your cup of tea, plan to join us for a historic dinner in the spring or fall!