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

  • 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: […]

  • “The Vietnam War, Honoring Those Who Served”

    On this National Vietnam War Veterans Day we honor those who served during a tumultuous time in history. We offer our reverence and gratitude for their service and sacrifice. Please […]

  • Next Director

    Heather O’Grady-Evans of Burdett has been appointed by the SCHS Board of Trustees as incoming executive director of museums. O’Grady-Evans succeeds Glenda Gephart, who is retiring effective March 31.​ O’Grady-Evans is […]

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.”


September 2023

Current Special Exhibit at The Brick Tavern Museum: “The Vietnam War, ​Honoring Those Who Served”

Image of current special exhibit showing a military uniform, and certificates of men from Schuyler County who fought during the Vietnam War
“The Vietnam War, Honoring Those Who Served,” opened Friday, Jan. 27, in the Gallery at the Brick Tavern Museum. This special exhibit will be on display through mid-May. The community participated in creating the exhibit by submitting information about men and women who served in the war

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