​Shepard Relief Hospital received its charter in 1920 and opened for the first patient in 1921. The location on Schuyler Avenue in Montour Falls was the forerunner to today's Schuyler Hospital on the west hill overlooking the village. The photo shows Shepard Relief in the 1930s. The Brick Tavern Museum's special exhibit about 100 Years of Hospital Care in Schuyler County will be on display through early May.

Current special exhibit at the    Brick Tavern Museum:  

100 Years of

​Hospital Care in Schuyler County

Schuyler County Historical Society


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.

Copyright 2019

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, August & September

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

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

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 fee is charged non-members to use our research resources. 

Help support our mission

Lee School

Did you know?

The Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center are closed to the public until further notice because we care about your health and our community's health. The Historical Society's annual meeting, scheduled for April 30, has been cancelled. For a statement from Society Board of Trustees President Paul Bartow, click here.

Please don't hesitate to email us at director@schuylerhistory.org or leave a message at (607) 535-9741.

You can also stay in touch with us via Facebook at "Schuyler County Historical Society, NY."  BE SAFE!