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Glen Racing History Talk Oct. 1

​​The audio tour of the Brick Tavern Museum is available on your smart phone as an app. Simply download the UNIGUIDE app from the Google Store and look for our tour as "Brick Tavern." 

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As part of the Montour Falls Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, the historic Lee School will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lee School is located on Route 14, on the southern edge of Montour Falls. It was built in 1884 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The red, barn-style, painted clapboard building was typical to the mid-to-late 19th century farming communities of the area. It has a large wood-burning stove, school desks, books, blackboards and an antique world globe, all exhibited as they would have been used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741.


The Schuyler County Historical Society depends on the support of individuals and businesses for our mission to preserve the history of Schuyler County and share it through events, exhibits and programs for the community.  

The Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit  organization.  We will send a donation receipt for your records and a heartfelt thank you in response.  

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Schuyler County Historical Society
P.O. Box 651
Montour Falls, NY  14865

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Nautical archaeologist Art Cohn will report on his continuing underwater explorations of Seneca Lake at illustrated talks in Hammondsport and Watkins Glen in late September. Cohn, an affiliated scholar of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, is the principal investigator of the Seneca Lake Survey Project, which launched in 2018. He and his crew continued their work on the lake this summer. The Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport is one of the key project sponsors.

“The Legacy of the Erie Canal: A New Survey of Seneca Lake Reveals its Geological History and a Treasure Trove of Canal-era Shipwrecks” will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Elementary School auditorium, 612 S. Decatur St. Cohn will present the same talk on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Boating Museum, 8231 Pleasant Valley Road. Both talks are free and open to all. The talks are sponsored by the Boating Museum, the Schuyler County Historical Society, America’s Boating Club-Finger Lakes Chapter, Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and the Watkins Glen Yacht Club.

Cohn has for 40 years located, documented and advocated for the public value of submerged cultural resources, aka “shipwrecks.” In his talk he will report on the Survey Project’s research findings to date. He also will give an overview of Seneca Lake and its significant role in commercial and passenger transportation in the 1800s.

The Erie Canal, New York State’s famous inland navigation highway, officially opened to vessel traffic in the fall of 1825. During each navigation season, thousands of canal boats traveled the new canal and its feeder canals.

“The new, highly engineered navigation corridor created an all-water network that connected New York City to Buffalo and the Great Lakes. From the moment it opened, the Erie Canal was successful beyond all its proponents’ expectations, and for the next 100 years the canal system prospered,” Cohn says.

“What is little-remembered is that by the mid-19th century, Seneca Lake had become a significant link in the inland transportation system and a connection hub to three early canals. The Seneca Lake underwater survey was initiated to determine what of that historic legacy might still be contained beneath the surface,” Cohn says.

The Seneca Lake Survey Project is a collaboration of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, the New York State Museum, the New York State Canal Corporation and the New York State Power Authority, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, Casella Waste Management Systems, the Canal Society of New York State, the Erie Canal Heritage Fund, the Romulus Historical Society, Seneca Lake Resorts at Sampson State Park, Stivers Marina, the Tripp Foundation and Ted Marks, the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development and the Watkins Glen Yacht Club.

For more information, contact the Schuyler County Historical Society at (607) 535-9741.

Back Issues of The Vista

Seneca Lake Underwater Exploration Talks Sept. 27 and Sept. 29

A benefit of membership is receiving The Vista, a quarterly newsletter about the activities and events of the Schuyler County Historical Society. 

​​For 40 years, the Bethesda Sanitarium in Montour Falls served thousands of patients, mixing traditional medicine with alternative, sometimes controversial, homeopathic methods.

The story of the Bethesda Sanitarium will be told in a talk by Schuyler County Historical Society Executive Director Glenda Gephart on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Montour Falls Public Library.

The talk is free and open to all. Registration is not necessary.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741.

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Audio Tour 

Lee School Open House Oct. 1

2023 Exhibit Will Honor Schuyler Residents Who Served in the Vietnam War


Racing historian Bill Green and Watkins Glen Village Historian Jim Scaptura will lead a walk through the village’s street racing history on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The first races through the streets of Watkins Glen were on Oct. 2, 1948.

Walk participants are asked to meet at 10 a.m. at the original start-finish line in front of the Schuyler County Courthouse on Franklin Street. The one-hour walk will happen rain or shine.

It is free and open to all.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741.

A special exhibit presented by the Schuyler County Historical Society will mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and honor county residents’ war involvement, both military and civilian. The exhibit will open on Jan. 27, 2023, in the Gallery of the Brick Tavern Museum in Montour Falls. With community participation, the focus will be on the individuals who served.

The Paris Peace Accords that ended the prolonged war were signed on Jan. 27, 1973. Two months later, on March 29, the last American combat troops left South Vietnam.

The Historical Society is inviting county residents who served in the Vietnam War, or their families, to help create the special exhibit by providing information such as where the person served and what he or she did after the war. Exhibit organizers also are asking for a photograph to go with the information. All submissions for the exhibit will be placed in the Society’s permanent collections.

The participation form can be filled out online. Click on the button below. To request a printed copy of the form or for more details about the exhibit and how to participate, call (607) 535-9741 or email The form must be returned to the Historical Society by Dec. 20.

Bethesda Sanitarium Talk Sept. 28

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