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The 1890 House Museum

37 Tompkins Street
Cortland, NY 13045

(607) 756-7551

We invite you to explore the 1890 House, built for late 19th-century inventor & industrialist Chester F. Wickwire.

Creating countless patents, distributing mass quantities of woven wire goods throughout the United States and the world, Chester Wickwire also served as a philanthropist to his community and create this remarkable home.


The last Wickwire to live at 37 Tompkins Street Marian Wickwire O’Connor died at home in 1973. The Wickwire Residence was put up for auction and the remaining contents of the Wickwire family were cataloged and sold at auction. A group of Cortland County leaders including members of the Wickwire family campaigned and secured the house to become a museum in 1975. The 1890 House Museum was used as an anchor for the Historic Tompkins Street District’s entry on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 1984, the 1890 House Museum received its official NYS Charter to operate as a 501c3 historic house museum.

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