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Schuyler County Historical Society

Did you know?

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.

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. 

“The Vietnam War, Honoring Those Who Served," opened Friday, Jan. 27, in the Gallery at the Brick Tavern Museum. This special exhibit will be on display through May. The community participated in creating the exhibit by submitting information about men and women who served in the war. 

Copyright 2023 

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


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

Current special exhibit
at the Brick Tavern Museum:

"The Vietnam War,

​Honoring Those Who Served"

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!**

On May 20, 2023 join native author Cynthia Neale for an author's talk of her latest book, Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Waters. The event will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Havana Glen Park, Pavillion #3. Admission is FREE, parking is $2. Light refreshments will be provided.

Help support our mission

Lee School


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.