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The Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center, located at 108 N. Catharine St./Route 14, in Montour Falls, NY, are operating with regular hours while observing health and safety guidelines. Mask use is voluntary. Researchers are required to make an appointment to use the Brick Tavern Museum Research Library. (Learn more about the Research Library here.) All parking is now behind the Brick Tavern Museum. Hours at the Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday 2-8 p.m. During the months of July through October we also have Saturday hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Visitors and researchers with questions should call the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741 or email director@schuylerhistory.org.

​** The Historical Society's 2021 Annual Report can be read here. Thank you to all of our supporters!**

Our museums and operations are partially funded by a grant authorized by the Schuyler County Legislature and administered by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Donations from the public also help us fulfill our mission to preserve and share the history of Schuyler County. Donations to the Schuyler County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated!

Please send your check or money order to:
Schuyler County Historical Society
P.O. Box 651
Montour Falls, NY 14865

Or make a donation by credit card or

through PayPal. We will send a donation receipt

for your records and a heartfelt thank-you in response.

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Welcome to the Schuyler County Historical Society. We are located in Montour Falls, Schuyler County, New York, just south of Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region. The Society maintains three properties and is headquartered at the Brick Tavern Museum, a large brick Federal-style building built in 1828 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Brick Tavern Museum and the adjacent Wickham Rural Life Center have exhibits relating to Schuyler County’s rich history. Our collections include artifacts, books and documents concerning the county's people and events, valuable to genealogists and researchers. The Lee School Museum, a one-room school on Route 14 south of the Brick Tavern Museum, also is on the National Register of Historic Places. Admission to all museums is free, but donations are welcome. A donation is requested from non-members to use our Research Library. 

Brick Tavern Museum and

Wickham Rural Life Center

Help support our mission

Lee School

Our next special exhibit will honor Schuyler County residents who served in the Vietnam War, in either military or civilian roles. Community participation in this exhibit is encouraged! See the "News" page for details.

Schuyler County Historical Society

Did you know?

Current special exhibit
at the Brick Tavern Museum:


from the

​Nick Crosby Collection


108 N. Catharine St./Route 14

Montour Falls, NY 14865

Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Thursday  2 - 8 p.m.  

Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., July-October

Winter weather policy: The museums are closed if  Odessa-Montour Central schools are closed.

Contact us at (607) 535-9741or info@schuylerhistory.org


1952 Route 14

Montour Falls, NY 14865

Open for scheduled events

and by appointment.

The 29th governor of New York State was David Bennett Hill. He was born in Havana (the prior name of Montour Falls) in 1843. He served two terms, from 1885 through 1892. He died in 1910 and is buried in Montour Falls. The first execution by the electric chair took place during his term.

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Schuyler County Historical Society

 108 N. Catharine St./Route 14

 P.O. Box 651

 Montour Falls, NY 14865

 The Schuyler County Historical Society is supported in part by a TAP grant administered by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.

Colorful nutcrackers are enhancing the holiday decorations at the Brick Tavern Museum this year. Watkins Glen collector Nick Crosby is sharing his enchanting treasures for an exhibit through Dec. 23. Crosby has been collecting nutcrackers since the age of 6, when he received his first as a Christmas present. From 3-inch pieces to some reaching 3 feet, Crosby’s collection now holds 262 nutcrackers, he said in mid-October. He expects that number will increase this holiday season. During the year, most are stored away, but not all. “A few old ones are left out. They’re kind of special,” said Crosby, whose collection includes nutcrackers from Germany and some celebrating other holidays, such as Halloween. We are honored to be hosting some of his treasures at the Brick Tavern Museum!​​​