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Genesee Country Village and Museum – #4

This post continues with details and photographs from our visit to the Genesee Country Village and Museum. In Wednesday’s blog post we entered the Historic Village through the Toll House and observed a flag raising ceremony at the Antebellum Village Square. In Thursday’s blog post we strolled along Maple Street and stopped at several businesses along the way. In Friday’s blog post we strolled along Church Street, where we saw two churches and a tavern.

Please join me today as we visit the Livingston-Backus House, located on Church Street in the Antebellum Village.

Livingston-Backus House, c. 1827-1838 (Rochester, NY)

This was one of the first grand mansions to be built in Rochester. The house has been beautifully restored both inside and outside.

Entrance Hall Stairway

Costumed Interpreter in Entrance Hall

East Parlor

West Parlor

Dining Room

Dining Room

Kitchen has a cooking fireplace and a beehive bake oven.

Bob decided to take a break, as we exited the Livingston-Backus House.

I still haven’t shown you everything I want you to see on Church Street, so we will continue our stroll in my next blog post.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – #3

This post continues with details and photographs from our visit to the Genesee Country Village and Museum. In Wednesday’s blog post we entered the Historic Village through the Toll House and observed a flag raising ceremony at the Antebellum Village Square. In Thursday’s blog post we strolled along Maple Street and stopped at several businesses along the way.

Please join me today in a stroll along Church Street in the Antebellum Village.

St. Feehan’s Roman Catholic Church, c. 1854 (Chili, NY)

For many years prior to 1854 a group of Catholic families who lived in Chili, NY, traveled to Rochester or Scottsville, several miles away, to attend mass. In 1854 the men of these families began to build a church in their own community. One year later St. Feehan’s Roman Catholic Church was completed.

St. Feehan’s Roman Catholic Church, c. 1854 (Chili, NY)

St. Feehan’s Catholic Church was temporarily used as a recreation facility, and its pews were discarded. The pews installed in St. Feehan’s came from St. Mary’s Church in Scottsville, NY. They are the very same pews upon which the builders of St. Feehan’s sat when they traveled to Scottsville to attend mass before St. Feehan’s was built.

Another view of St. Feehan’s Roman Catholic Church

Thomson’s Tavern & Store, c. 1808 (Riga, NY)

Thomson’s Tavern was being used for Officer’s Quarters during the War of 1812 Encampment.

There was a card game being played in the Thomson’s Tavern store.

 

This is the kitchen in Thomson’s Tavern.

 

Brooks Grove Methodist Church, c. 1844 (Brooks Grove, NY)

 

Interior photograph of Brooks Grove Methodist Church

 

Another view of the Brooks Grove Methodist Church

 

Well, we didn’t travel too far down Church Street.

This view is from the grounds of Brooks Grove Methodist Church. Directly in front of you is Antebellum Village Square, where the War of 1812 Encampment is taking place. At the far left hand corner of the photograph is the Boot & Shoemaker’s Shop.

In my next blog post we will continue our stroll along Church Street.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – #2

This post continues with details and photographs from our visit to the Genesee Country Village and Museum. In yesterday’s blog post we entered the Historic Village through the Toll House and observed a flag raising ceremony at the Antebellum Village Square.

Please join me today in a stroll along Maple Street in the Antebellum Village.

Altay Store c.1848 (Altay, NY)

Altay Store, c. 1848 (Altay, NY)

The Altay Store is stocked with hundreds of items of general merchandise corresponding to the store’s own records from 1852.

Altay Store, c. 1848 (Altay, NY)

Physician’s Office, c. 1840 (South Valley, NY)

The Village Doctor
He is pointing to a jar of leeches.

Hastings Law Office, c. 1848 (Mt. Morris, NY)

Hastings Law Office, c. 1848 (Mt. Morris, NY)

Costumed Interpreter

She noticed that I was taking pictures of each building along Maple Avenue, both interior and exterior shots. She asked if I would be taking pictures of everything I saw that day. I replied affirmatively, as it was my first visit to the Historic Village. I, then, asked the costumed interpreter if I could take her picture.

Delancey Stow Insurance Office, c. 1825 (Clyde, NY)

Delancey Stow Insurance Office, c. 1825 (Clyde, NY)

Boot & Shoemaker’s Shop, c. 1820 (East Avon, NY)

Boot & Shoemaker’s Shop, c. 1820 (East Avon, NY)

I will end the day’s stroll at the corner of Maple and Church Streets.

We will continue our stroll through Antebellum Village in my next blog post.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – #1

Bob and I spent the weekend of June 25-28 at the Best Western Crown Inn & Suites in Batavia, New York. Batavia is located approximately 120 miles northeast of our hometown of Warren, PA. While in Batavia we visited the Genesee Country Village and Museum, which is located approximately 20 miles southwest of Rochester in the town of Mumford, NY. My blog posts about the Genesee Country Village and Museum will span several days.

Located on the grounds of the museum is the Historic Village, the John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art, the Genesee Country Nature Center, the Carriage Museum, the Silver Baseball Park and the Heirloom Gardens. The heart of the Genesee Country Village and Museum is the Historic Village.

The Historic Village is a small 19th-century village. There are over 60 restored and furnished buildings in the village, represented by the orange-numbered circles on the map shown above. A wide spectrum of buildings are presented, from the simple frontier cabin to an elaborate Victorian mansion, with professional, religious, and business buildings as well. Each building was acquired from rural communities throughout western New York. Most buildings are staffed by costumed interpreters who provide information about the history of the building and may even demonstrate a craft or trade. The Historic Village spans three time periods: Pioneer Settlement, 1795-1830; Antebellum Village, 1830-1870; and Turn of the Century, 1870-1920. The Historic Village is entered via the Toll House.

Toll House, c. 1850
Entrance to the Historic Village

The Toll House was the southernmost of two Rochester and Hemlock Lake Plank Road Company toll houses that flanked the village of Lima in Livingston County. The toll keeper, his wife, three children and a boarder shared its two rooms, kitchen and loft.

Toll keepers’s Wife

There was a special event — War of 1812 Encampment — on the day that we visited The Historic Village. The encampment was at the Antebellum Village Square. The photographs that follow were taken at the morning’s flag raising ceremony.

War of 1812 Encampment

Village Square Flag Raising

Stay tuned for more photographs from the Genesee Country Village and Museum.

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