The Brick Tavern Museum in Montour Falls has a research library that is open for public use. ​Members may use the research library at no charge. Non-members are asked a donation of $5 per hour. Copies are 25 cents each for all.

If you're planning a visit to our research library, please try to call ahead so that we can prepare the materials for you. 

Some of the materials in the research library:

  • Vintage maps
  • Historic music books
  • County and town info
  • Area yearbooks
  • New York State and general local history books
  • Play programs
  • Voter registration books
  • Photo albums
  • Diaries
  • Store ledgers
  • Family genealogy
  • Family history files donated by family members
  • Marriage, birth and death listings
  • Cemetery listings
  • Civil War muster rolls and medical documents

The Research Library


First Floor

Victorian Parlor - Furniture, china, paintings 
Music in the Foyer - Instruments, piano forte
Research  Library - Genealogy, local history 
Gallery - Special changing exhibits
Gift Shop - Books, handcrafted items

History of the

Brick Tavern Museum

The building in 1900

Brick Tavern Museum Exhibits


Second Floor

Native American - Artifacts, arrowheads
Veterans - World War II to current uniforms, medals
Medical - Jane Delano of American Red Cross Nursing Service, Dr. Clawson
Industry - Salt, railroads, canals
Toy Room - Games, dolls, toys
Clothing - Men and women's clothing, foot wear
Watkins Glen State Park - vintage souvenirs 
Fiber Arts - Spinning, weaving, sewing, quilts


Built in 1828, the Brick Tavern Museum is the oldest brick structure in Schuyler County.  It was built as a tavern on the stagecoach route and has also been a Select School for Boys, a boarding house and a home to Dr. Charles D. Clawson, who ran the nearby Bethesda Sanitarium.  After Dr. Clawson's death, the building continued as a family home until his grandson, the late Charles Lattin, sold it to the Society in 1974.