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.