The Brick Tavern Museum's Research Library is open for public use during regular hours. ​Researchers are required to make an appointment to use the library. Use of the Research Library is free for members. Non-members are asked to make a donation of $5 per hour. Copies are 25 cents each for all.

Please call the Museum at 607-535-9741 or email to reserve time in the library. 

Some of the materials in the Research Library and the Museum's collections:

  • Vintage maps
  • County and town information
  • Area yearbooks
  • New York State and general local history books​
  • 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


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


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


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.

Brick Tavern Museum Exhibits