1952 Route 14

Montour Falls, NY 14865

Open for scheduled events

and by appointment.

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 Historical Society now owns and manages the historic LAWRENCE CHAPEL

in the Town of Catharine. Learn the details on the News page

and on the Lawrence Chapel page, under Our Buildings. **

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 mandatory, under New York State guidelines for indoor, public spaces. Researchers are required to make an appointment to use the Brick Tavern Museum library. 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 are encouraged to call the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741 or email director@schuylerhistory.org with questions.

Copyright 2022 

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

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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Current special exhibit
at the Brick Tavern Museum:
Echoes in the Valley:

History of the Squires


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

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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Did you know?

Lee School

Echoes in the Valley: History of the Squires honors the Squires Junior Drum and Bugle Corps, a competitive marching group that earned national championships, bring great pride to the Schuyler County community. Based in Watkins Glen, the Squires and the feeder group, the Pages, marched in parades and competitions for 17 years, from 1964 to 1981. The exhibit at the Brick Tavern Museum and several online, digital components explain and illustrate this this memorable story. The museum exhibit will be on display through March 18, 2022.

Schuyler County Historical Society