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Historic Site Inventory:  Local Field Trips

37 Tompkins Street
Cortland, NY 13045
Fax: (607) 756-7551
The 1890 House Museum and Center for the Victorian Arts was the home of Chester F. and Lucy Ardell Rouse Wickwire. The home is a mirror image of the house built by Samuel Reed for James Bailey (of Barnum and Bailey Circus) in New York City.
The 1890 House Museum is a pristine example of the architecture of the time period. See antique pictures, statues and living quarters. Tour shows bedrooms, kitchen and living areas. Servant quarters are also seen. The culture of Cortland County during the 1890’s is highlight through the 1890 House Museum.
Our Mission
a)       To preserve and restore the 1890 House (together with the Museum's carriage house and landscaped grounds) and to interpret to the public the historical and cultural significance of this property.
b)       To collect, preserve, research, display, and interpret to the public appropriate objects and artifacts for the purpose of recreating appropriate historical interior and exterior settings at the 1890 House and for scolarly study, exhibition, and public interpretation of America's cultural heritage during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
c)       To carry out such other activities related to these purposes as may be necessary or useful in the accomplishment of the said purposes in accordance with currently acceptable museological practices.
Open to the public year-round Friday and Saturday from 1-4 pm
(Closed on major holidays)
We are open other hours by appointment!
Adult: $5
Seniors and Students: $3
Groups of 12 or more with two week advance reservation $3
Students under 12 are free.
Guided tours for schools and other interested groups are available by advance reservation.
Cottage Lawn Museum and Mary King Research Library
435 Main Street
Oneida, NY 13421
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Research is by appointment only
$5 a person/tour
Free to MCHS members and children 12 and under
Researchers-$5 for non-members, ($10 mail requests), plus copy charges.
Closed all major holidays.
Class tours are available with prior request.
Mission Statement:
The Madison County Historical Society was founded on March 29th , 1900. The Madison County Historical Society's mission is to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance the county's heritage for the people of Madison County and those studying the county's heritage. The Society's headquarters, Cottage Lawn, located in Oneida, is an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. Cottage Lawn is preserved and operated as a historic museum.
Artifacts Collection:
The collection includes artifacts from the history of Madison County, ranging widely from clothing and textiles, to tools and furniture.
Research Collections:
Archives, name files, vital stats, marriage records, death records, cemetery guides, church guides and more are available through the Mary King Research Library. Also includes, The Oneida Democratic Union (newspaper) on microfilm, along with census records. Research is by appointment only or written request.
Education Outreach kits are available for various school subjects, implementing local history. The kits, available to teachers, contain primary sources, examples, handouts, lesson plans, and more. MCHS staff will work with educators to compile information and artifacts for class visits, presentations, etc. Lessons exploring the operations of a museum can also be made available. High School and College Internships are available in the museum, art, or history field. Students must contact MCHS with an idea from their field of interest. Staff will work to match interests with everyday operations of the museum.
Annual events include the Craft Days, with over 100 crafters demonstrating and selling their ware; Hop Fest takes place the following weekend at Cottage Lawn, where speakers teach visitors about the agriculture, architecture, tools, life and culture accompanying the hop history of Madison County. During the event, visitors pay to partake in brew tasting from numerous microbreweries. The Annual Victorian Christmas Open House occurs in the beginning of December and is a free event for the public as a thank you for their support throughout the year. The house is decorated by local garden clubs and florists, and local groups provide entertainment with carols throughout the afternoon. Refreshments are served and the house is filled with community.
Address: 321 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone Number: (315)-428-1864

Group and School Tours can be arranged, call the Education Office at (315) 428-1864
Welcome to Syracuse's only comprehensive local history museum, a facility operated  by Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) Museum & Research Center, a private organization that has been collecting, preserving and exhibiting Onondaga County's heritage since 1862.

Onondaga Historical Association Museum & Research Center exists to inspire people's understanding that the history we share as a community is the foundation for our future together. Our purpose is to encourage a diverse audience from the neighborhoods of Syracuse and the communities of Onondaga County to explore, appreciate and utilize their past. To do so, we offer engaging exhibits and programs, pursue partnerships with other cultural organizations and community groups, and develop and care for a definitive collection related to local history. We operate a museum and research center in Syracuse, New York and are committed to ensuring the vitality of our historic urban location.

Museum Hours:

Wed-Fri 10-4
Sat-Sun 11-4

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Specific Programs range from 60-90 minutes, depending on group size and from $4 to $5 a person, specified additions to the program range from $10 per class to $25 per class.
Park for free in the five downtown garages

Permanent Exhibits:
Onondaga County: The Heart of New York consists of five major theme areas:
1.       Birth of a County, tracing the settlement of central New York and the formation of Onondaga County
2.       Power of the People salutes individuals who make up our county, from the original - and current - Native American inhabitants to the newest immigrant groups.
3.        Crossroads of New York addresses the different modes of transportation once used in Onondaga County.
4.       Architecturally Speaking highlights the changing architectural scene of Onondaga County through landmarks, past and present.
5.       Making A Living, discusses agriculture, business, industry, labor, and services in Onondaga County.

Freedom Bound: Syracuse & the Underground Railroad:
Dedicated to the history of anti-slavery and Underground Railroad activity in Onondaga County. The exhibit personalizes the story of the Underground Railroad while educating visitors about slavery, abolitionism, tolerance and the meaning of freedom.

The Jerry Rescue:
First-person video interpretation of the watershed Jerry Rescue of 1851, a Syracuse anti-slavery event that resounded throughout the country.

Franklin Auto Exhibit:
Story of the once-grand Franklin company (1902-1934) and local auto history on display. Come see the exhibit chronicling the history of the Franklin automobile company! From its beginnings in 1902 until its demise in 1934, Franklin was one of Syracuse's largest industrial concerns once employing as many as 5,000 persons!

China: Fired Forms of the American Experience:
Come see the cupman, WW II ceramic land mine, railroad & airplane china, and many other items on display!
Syracuse’s Brewing History: A small display of interesting artifacts of the Brewing History in Syracuse
6680 Onondaga Lake Pkwy.
Liverpool, NY 13088
Phone: (315)-453-6768
Fax: (315) 453-6772

Sainte Marie among the Iroquois allows visitors to experience life from 1656-1658 at this recreated mission. Sainte Marie mission was built by Jesuit Frenchmen, who had been invited to the area by the Iroquois people.  The modern Visitor Center invites you to go inside a life size Native fishing hut, explore the ocean voyages taken by the Europeans and learn the story of this fascinating part of the past   Explore a life size Native fishing hut, and the ocean voyages taken by the Europeans through this living history museum. The Mission Site is a living history exhibit which features costumed interpreters reenacting the daily chores of the men who lived here 350+ years ago. See the blacksmith working at his forge, talk with the cooks as they bake bread and prepare the daily meals, meet woodworkers and other craftsmen creating the tools, furniture and all the other implements used on site and much more. Their signature event - Christmas Around the World - occurs from Thanksgiving to Christmas, weekends only.

January 2to May 11: Monday- Friday- 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; Closed Saturday and Sunday.
May 12 to October 7: Monday- Friday- 9:00am to 3:00 pm; Noon to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
November 23 to December 22: Monday- Thursday – Closed; 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday, Closed Sunday.

Adult - $3
Senior over 62 -$2.50
Children 17 & under - $2
Children 5 & under – Free
Family - $10
25 Homer Avenue
Cortland, New York 13045
(607) 756-6071
Gift Shop 9:30 – 5:00
Library 1:00 – 5:00
Museum 1:00 – 5:00

Discounts & Rates : Children free or discounted Group rates/incentives/packages. Moderate fees for non-members.
Group Information: Group reservation required 
Equal Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible
The Suggett House is a 1882 Italianate house of Cortland inventor, James Suggett. Displays of 200-yr local history: furnishings, paintings, textiles, military, toys. 1976 wing house library for local and genealogical research. The research library houses information on the population, businesses and industry in organized clipping files, along with indexed federal and NYS census records, vital statistics, cemetery data and surname files.
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PO Box 4754
Syracuse, NY 13221
Phone: (315) 433-2600

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