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Just outside of beautiful Rochester, there’s a place where history comes to life. Genesee Country Village & Museum, the largest living history museum in New York State, boasts 68 buildings that transport guests to another time and place, and showcase the way people existed from the late 1700s to early 1900s.
With various demonstrations, attractions and activities to enjoy, here are four of our favourite reasons to visit (not to mention the $3 discount off regular admission for up to four people through Nov. 17, 2018):
The historic village
No doubt that the historic village is the main draw for Genesee Country Village & Museum. Divided into different settlements showcasing various time periods, visitors can walk through the changing architecture and design of nearly three centuries. Not only can you tour old homes (like the beautiful octagonal Hyde House), but you also can stop in at the brewery, the printing press or traditional corner store. Watch live demonstrations of potters, blacksmiths, or bakers to truly get a sense of what life was like, brought to you by period actors. Hands-on experiences are also available, and for travellers who truly want an immersive experience, make a cabin your home away from home for a weekend (indoor plumbing not included).
Of course, no village of day’s past would be complete without farm animals. From cows to sheep to pigs to oxen, you’ll no doubt catch a glimpse of a few favourites, and with the insight of a guide, learn about their purpose in the days of pioneers. Love animals and nature? The grounds of Genesee Country Village & Museum boast 175 acres of wildlife habitat, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to explore the flora and fauna of the area.
There’s an event for all seasons at Genesee Country Village & Museum. From “kids free” weeks to Civil War re-enactments, you can plan your visit based on activities that appeal to your interests. A few to look out for throughout the next few months include Wilder Weekend (Aug. 4 & 5), the Hop Harvest Festival (Sept. 3) or the Spirits of the Past Tours (Oct. 17-20). Special events take place throughout the holiday season as well, and into spring. Canadians willing to try non-Canadian maple might opt to taste-test the Maple Festival held each March.
To cap off your visit, be sure to take in the four centuries of wildlife art on display at Genesee Country Village & Museum’s gallery. Paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures that date back to the 1700s spanning through to the 1900s demonstrate a fascinating shift in artistic interpretation. Further, the Susan Greene Costume Collection – with about 3,500 items – offers a unique look at changing styles of clothing throughout the years, including shoes, undergarments and workwear; the exhibit truly rounds-out a visitor’s perspective of how life has changed over the past 300 years.
History comes alive at the largest living history museum in New York State, located just 60 miles east of Buffalo. Step back in time with costumed interpreters to explore the 19th-century historic village of 68 buildings, including a working brewery, blacksmith, and farm. GCV&M is also home to the Wehle Art Gallery, a nature center, and Silver Baseball Park. Open seasonally with special events all year long.
Visit www.gcv.org for more information!