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         History                                                 C    ortland County has a rich history that dates back more                                                        CNY LIVING HISTORY CENTER

                                                                      than 200 years.  From historic homes and monuments,
                                                                                                                                                                                    A massive museum complex with a diverse collection from larger than
                                                                                                                                                                                    life Brockway Trucks, including a 1925 Brockway Fire Truck that traveled
                                                                      the wire and Brockway Truck industry, and military history,
                                                                                                                                                                                    back to Cortland from Argentina, to the massive collection of antique
                                                                 we are proud of our traditions and cultural footprint.
                                                                                                                                                                                    tractors, and an impressive 10,000 items collected and curated by the
                                                                                                                                                                                    late Ken Eaton illustrating America’s Civil War to rare items of local and
                                                                                                                                                                                    national political significance.

                                                                                                                                                                                    CNY LIVING HISTORY CENTER
                                                                                                                                                                                    4386 US-11, Cortland
                                                                                                                                                                                    (607) 299-4185
                                              1890 HOUSE                                                                                                                  


                                                                                                                                      BROCKWAY TRUCK MUSEUM
                         Be prepared to be transported to 19th century Cortland at the 1890 House Museum! Built for the               Originally founded as Brockway Carriage Works in 1875, the Brockway Motor Company
                                                                                                                                      played a key role in the manufacturing history of Cortland County. Examine these larger than
                         late 19th-century inventor and industrialist Chester Wickwire, the home is a standing time capsule           life trucks up close, along with memorabilia and historical documents pertaining to the
                         illuminating the life of the wealthy Wickwire family.                                                        manufacturing of the trucks.

                               The impressive limestone mansion, located in the heart of downtown Cortland, is listed on the National
                               Register of Historic Places. Designed in an eclectic, Chateauesque-style, the inside of this lavish 30-room   HOMEVILLE MUSEUM
                               residence showcases parquet floors, jewel-like stained glass windows, oak and cherry woodwork, and ornate
                               decorative stenciling.                                                                                 The Homeville Museum offers American and local military and railroad history collections
                                                                                                                                      from the Civil War era to the present. WWII veteran Ken Eaton spent more than 35 years
                               Chester Wickwire and his brother Theodore invented a wire mesh for window screens, wire fences and     assembling this collection of over 10,000 items.  Explore the impressive military collection
                               household items. As demand continued to grow for the products, the brothers opened a large factory on   that includes a M-60 Battle Tank, a nearly full size replica of a Lackawanna 2-8-2 “Mikado”
                                                                South Main Street in Cortland and became millionaires.                Locomotive #2107, and the rich history of central New York.
                                                                Wickwire products were used during the construction of the
                                                                Panama Canal and The Manhattan Project—the world’s first
                                                                atomic bomb (which was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945)!                 TRACTORS OF YESTERYEAR
                                                                                                                                      The T.O.Y.S. collection gives life to the agricultural history of Central New York and all of
                                                                                     Today, the fully-furnished parlors
                                                                                     and recreation rooms appear                      rural America. Explore the items used on farms 50 to 150 years ago, from antique tractors to
                                                                                     nearly untouched. The museum                     plows, corn shellers to beef cutters.  The collection also includes butter churns, ox yokes, flat
                                                                                     features restored period room                    irons, shoulder water carriers, scythes, and cradles used in old rural America.
                                                                                     settings, changing exhibitions
                                                                                     and special programs and events.

                                                                                                                                      Cortland County Historical Society
                                                                THE 1890 HOUSE MUSEUM
                                                                37 Tompkins Street, Cortland
                                                                (607) 756-7551                                                        Founded in 1925, the Cortland County Historical Society collects, preserves, and
                                                                                                        interprets artifacts and documents representative of Cortland County’s history.
                                                                                                                                      SUGGETT HOUSE MUSEUM
                                                                                                                                      Home to exhibits related to Cortland County, visitors have an opportunity to see the items
         VISIT NEW YORK STATE’S HAUNTED HISTORY TRAIL                                                                                 that have shaped our history over the last 200 years. From Brockway Trucking Company to
                                                                                                                                      Wickwire Brothers, the businesses, industries and people of Cortland County are reflected in
         Calling all paranormal-curious, eerie explorers and   As seen on SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters, the 1890                      their collection and exhibits.
         those engrossed with ghosts—the Haunted History   House Museum has a long history... and ghosts!                             KELLOGG MEMORIAL RESEARCH CENTER                                        CORTLAND COUNTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                              HISTORICAL SOCIETY
         Trail of New York State awaits you! From hotels to   Voices and footsteps are heard, doors open and close                    The Kellogg Memorial Research Center serves as a repository for information related to    25 Homer Avenue, Cortland
         restaurants to a haunted asylum, the Haunted History   on their own and silhouettes of human figures appear   To explore all of New York State’s   the history of Cortland County. The Collection includes maps, censuses, city and county    (607) 756-6071
         Trail offers over 90 ghostly adventures across 400   in the windows. The unexplained ghost activity is   haunted locations, or to request a   directories, cemetery records, genealogies, histories, vital records, surname files, military
         miles within nine vacation regions of New York State.   attributed to several historical figures who lived and   haunted trail brochure, visit www.  records, photographic files, scrapbooks, newspapers, and more.
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                                                   died within the walls of Cortland’s Castle.
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