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
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:
The Research Library
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
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