“Explore the 19th Century!”
Genesee Country Village & Museum features costumed interpreters in restored historic buildings, breathing life into an authentic 19th-Century Country Village. One of the largest living history museums in the country located just outside of Rochester, NY, in Mumford, NY, it is also home to the JohnL. Wehle Art Gallery (now closed for renovation) and a nature center. Explore over 40 furnished buildings faithfully restored to their original glory. Meet knowledgeable costumed interpreters who keep the hearth fires burning, the heirloom gardens flourishing, and the livestock tended. You’ll hear the clanging of the blacksmith’s hammer, smell the aroma of fresh baked pies and bread, roll the hoop with the stick, test your balance on the stilts and otherwise truly experience life in a 19th century American country village. Be sure to catch live demonstrations at the pottery, cooper shop, tinsmith and more. Children especially love our one-room schoolhouse and the 19th century games they can play on the village square. You might even decide to try your hand at making a punched tin ornament.As you stroll the village, notice that you progress through three time periods…with lifestyles growing more sophisticated as time progresses:The Pioneer Settlement, 1795-1830,The Village Center, 1830-1870, & Turn-of-the-Century Main Street, 1880-1920.
We enjoyed our visit - the staff was really knowledgeable, very friendly and helpful. It is a museum in regular sense of way, although there was a very nice exhibition on fashion, but a leaving, functioning tiny town - apparently they take care of the animals, raise crops, make their own furniture and clothes and do the weaving, metal works and all the rest : you can witness them at it !
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Genesee Country Village and Museum
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