We are now open on Saturdays through the end of October. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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

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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. 

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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.

Brick Tavern Museum and

Wickham Rural Life Center


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.

Current special exhibit
at the Brick Tavern Museum:

The Lawrence Chapel


The Lawrence Family

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​​The Lawrence Chapel was built in 1880 by Lawrence Family members as a memorial to their ancestors, who were among the early settlers in our region. The exhibit explores the story of the Lawrence Family and the history of the Chapel, which has been used for weddings, church services, concerts and other community events almost continuously since it was built. The exhibit includes a Bible and communion set donated by Lawrence Family members in the late 1800s to St. John's Episcopal Church in Catharine and loaned for display. The exhibit also offers photographs from weddings at the Chapel, submitted by the public, and a wedding gown from a 1999 wedding. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 11, 2022. 

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.

Lee School

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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