Welcome to the Schuyler County Historical Society. We are located in Montour Falls, Schuyler County, New York, just south of Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region.

The Society maintains four properties and is headquartered at the Brick Tavern Museum, a large brick Federal-style building built in 1828 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Brick Tavern Museum and the adjacent Wickham Rural Life Center have exhibits relating to Schuyler County’s rich history.

Our collections include artifacts, books and documents concerning the county’s people and events, valuable to genealogists and researchers. The Lee School Museum, a one-room school on Route 14 south of the Brick Tavern Museum, also is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lawrence Chapel is located on State Route 228, about 3.5 miles northeast of Odessa. The Chapel is available for use from May 1 through October 15.

Admission to all museums is free, but donations are welcome. A donation is requested from non-members to use our Research Library.

Recent News

  • Small Business Saturday

    The Schuyler County Historical Society will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Join us on SATURDAY, November 25th, from 10 a.m. until […]

  • Annual Membership Meeting

    John Pulos, author of a recently published book about his fascination with the RMS Titanic, will be the featured speaker at the Historical Society’s annual membership meeting. Pulos will speak […]

  • Thank you Walmart Watkins Glen!

    A new computer system donated by Walmart in Watkins Glen has made a huge difference in the work our volunteers are doing to digitize Schuyler County newspapers from the past. […]

  • John Pulos: “Titanic: My Story”

    Former Montour Falls resident and Chef’s diner owner John Pulos has written a book about his interest in the history of the Titanic and its tragic sinking. The book, “Titanic: […]

Did you know?

“The 29th governor of New York State was David Bennett Hill. He was born in Havana (the prior name of Montour Falls) in 1843. He served two terms, from 1885 through 1892. He died in 1910 and is buried in Montour Falls. The first execution by the electric chair took place during his term.”


December 2023

Current Special Exhibit at The Brick Tavern Museum: “A Collection of Love: the Sharron Scaptura Holland Collection.”

Doll Exhibit
“A Collection of Love: the Sharron Scaptura Holland Collection” open on November 17, 2023. This holiday exhibition showcases the relationship between giver and receiver. Furthermore, it highlights the development of creativity, imagination and wonder a child experiences. “A Collection of Love” will be on display until December 29, 2023.

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