There's no better time to visit the historical museums within Cortland County! Keep reading for the variety of historical hotspots to explore in the area.
Whether you're an out-of-town visitor looking to experience a unique perspective into the past, or you're a local wanting to learn more about the community you live in, Cortland County has much to offer! Learn about the innovation of Chester F. Wickwire and the inception of the Brockway Truck Company. Experience life in the trenches of a WW1 soldier, and get up close to antique tractors and militia uniforms. It's time to explore what life was like in Cortland County spanning over 200 years ago!
CNY LIVING HISTORY CENTER
Located just outside the Village of Homer, the CNY Living History Center is a museum complex comprised of three unique sites. Browse the larger than life Brockway Trucks, including a 1925 Brockway Fire Truck that traveled back to Cortland from Argentina, or collection of antique tractors and agricultural equipment. History buff or not, you'll appreciate the impressive 10,000 items collected and curated by the late Ken Eaton illustrating America's Civil War and the rare items of local and national political significance.
The museum is hosting CNY Cycle Therapy on Saturday, May 18 from 10 am-4 pm. Bring the whole family to see motorcycles, bikes, and trikes of the past and present. There will be food and vendors all day long. Tickets into the museum range from $5-$10/person and includes entry into all three sites.
4386 US Rt. 11, Cortland, NY
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
1890 HOUSE MUSEUM
Take a step back in time to 19th century Cortland with a visit to the 1890 House Museum. The grand limestone Chateauesque-style mansion stands as a tribute to the Wickwire family, specifically Chester F. Wickwire, a famous inventor and industrialist, as well as a philanthropist to his community.
House guides will walk you through four floors of history, telling the stories of the Wickwire family, their servants and the factory workers who labored in Wickwire Wire Mills Factory. Wander through the restored period rooms, view the ever-changing exhibitions and attend their special programs and events throughout the year.
Tour admission is $8 for adults and $5 for Seniors, Students, and Military. Children 10 and younger are free of charge.
37 Tompkins Street, Cortland NY
Thursday - Saturday, 11 am-5 pm and Sunday, 11 am-3 pm
CORTLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
CORTLAND RURAL CEMETERY
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