CNY Living History Center
3 Museums in 1
A massive museum complex with a diverse collection from larger than life Brockway Trucks, including a 1925 Brockway Fire Truck that traveled back to Cortland from Argentina, to 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, and the massive collection of antique tractors.
Open Tuesday to Saturday
10 – 5pm*
*Last admission 4pm
Ken Eaton purchased a Civil War rifle when he was a teenager and wanted to find out more about its past. The more he read about the Civil War, the more his interest grew. This simple pursuit of knowledge sparked a lifelong passion for history and the artifacts that go along with it. Explore the impressive military collection that includes a M-60 Battle Tank, a nearly full size replica of a Lackawanna 2-8-2 “Mikado” Locomotive #2107, and the rich history of central New York.
Brockway Truck Museum
The T.O.Y.S. museum collection includes antique tractors, threshing machines, corn shellers, corn binders, ensilage cutters, stalk cutters, beet cutters, plows and many other items used on farms 50 to 150 years ago. The collection also includes butter churns, ox yokes, flat irons, shoulder water carriers, scythes, and cradles used in old rural America. The T.O.Y.S. collection gives life to the agricultural history of Central New York and all of rural America.
Tractors of Yesteryear
Originally founded as Brockway Carriage Works in 1875 by William Brockway, the Brockway Motor Company played a key role in the manufacturing history for Cortland County. Examine these larger than life trucks up close including one Brockway Fire Truck that made an incredible journey from Buenos Aires Argentina to Cortland New York.
17,000 Miles on a 1925 Brockway Firetruck
Experience Cortland talks with CNY Living History Center Executive Director Luke Biondi about one of the more interesting artifacts on display.