Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford

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The Genesee Country Village and Museum is a 19th-century living history museum covering more than 600acre located in the small hamlet of Mumford, New York, United States, about 20mi from Rochester. On the museum property is the 19th-century village (the Historic Village), the John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art, the Genesee Country Nature Center, the Carriage Museum, the Silver Baseball Park and the Heirloom Gardens. The facility offers special events and classes throughout the year.
The Genesee Country Village and Museum was conceived and founded by John L. Wehle in 1966. He was a collector of art and recognized that another art form, the work of regional carpenters, master builders, and housewrights, was fast disappearing from the landscape. The proposed museum was to be a village of selected examples of 19th-century Genesee Country architecture that demonstrated not only form, but also function. The buildings would be showcases of the disciplines of cabinetry, weaving, pottery and other artisans which would be displayed in appropriate cultural context.
A site for this undertaking was chosen in Mumford, New York, a quiet corner of Monroe County. Much of the land, once cleared and farmed, had reverted to the wild state which greeted the first settlers. Stone fences trailing through the rolling woodlands and anchoring the hedgerows remained as evidence of the frontier farming venture.
For ten years the founder and the museum director, architectural historian Stuart Bolger, guided a corps of carpenters and masons in turning the long-neglected land to new uses in the form of a recreated village. During the first decade of development, some three dozen buildings of the style, type, and function found in the rural communities of western New York were acquired and placed in the configuration of an early Genesee Country hamlet. Vintage farm structures were moved in and placed alongside the village. With care and historical respect these buildings were restored.
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  • I spent countless hours here with my children when I lived in Rochester. Went back today and it is still the interesting, rambling, pastoral, beautiful place that I remember. I love it here so very...  more »
  • History of early New York classically laid out with docents to explain what you are seeing. A great area to get a sense of what life was like 100 years ago or more.  more »
  • This is a great place to have within a 30 min drive of Rochester. It's incredibly unique, and their events are varied with thoughtful details. We love going to the Silver Ball Tournament every year. All the interpreters are friendly and knowledgeable. We have been many times, and there is always something new and different to learn.
  • A living history museum I love it! People working in every building discussing the history and demonstrating various skills of the time. As a bonus I was there for Fiddle Fair with over 100 fiddlers performing and workshops on fiddling for my aspiring musician.

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