Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest and most comprehensive living history museum in New York State – and the third-largest in the United States.
All summer long the Genesee Country Village & Museum hosts themed events on the weekends like History On Tap, Highland Days, Civil War Days, and a Fiddlers Fair.
In the wintertime, things quiet down with Yuletide in the Country tours, a Holiday open house, and Sunday strolls.
Stroll around the Genesee Country Village on Sundays during the winter months
When there are no special events, for example Maple Sugar Weekend, the nature center and village are open.
The buildings are all closed, but you can enjoy a quiet walk along the village streets. Check in at the Nature Center first, with a recommended $5 donation.
In the spring, it’s all about Maple Syrup. In the fall, Trick-or-Treating in the village. In December, Yuletide in the Country is a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit while learning about Christmases past.
During the weekdays in the summer, it’s business as usual, and sometimes these are my favorite days to enjoy the village. Sometimes it’s quiet, other times there are 700 summer camp kids experiencing the village for the first time. Both are uniquely wonderful to experience.
Borrow a VIP Pass from the library for discounted admission to the Genesee Country Village & Museum! Buy one admission, get one of equal or lesser value free. Limit of 2 passes per visit, not valid on events requiring reservations.
The lay of the land
There is a trolley available with multiple stops throughout the village. The parking lot and entrance are located at the bottom of this map, the softball field at the top. Most of the main events and activities take place in the Village Square or Great Meadow.
The Great Meadow
Features the gazebo and surrounded by restaurants (former train depots), an art gallery, gift shop among other buildings, is the center stage for activities like the major Civil War battle reenactments.
The John L. Wehle Gallery
“Home to one of the finest collections of sporting and wildlife art in America.” The Gallery is located near the entrance to the village and is a fantastic place to cool off on a hot summer afternoon!
Genesee Country Village Square
Located in the village among the businesses and churches, and hosts the smaller activities like pie eating contests, games in the park, musical performances, etc.
Genesee Country Village homes and businesses
Nathaniel Rochester’s last home in the city was torn down in 1901 to build the Bevier Memorial Building at Spring & Washington. His Dansville home was relocated to the Genesee Country Village & Museum, just down the street from George Eastman’s boyhood home.
The interiors of each of the homes and businesses are filled with period decor, and in some cases the authentic pieces from the original owner!
Genesee Country Nature Center
Naturalization Ceremony on the 4th of July
Every 4th of July, The Genesee Country Village & Museum hosts a Naturalization Ceremony for roughly 50 new American Citizens.It reminds me that the path to citizenship is paved with hard work and determination.
The ceremony is quite a thing to witness. It is also a day-long celebration of all-things-America: pie eating contest, sack races, a parade; as the museum website says, “pageantry, marching bands and merrymaking”.
From the Genesee Country Village and Museum website
“Our 700-acre complex consists of 68 historic structures furnished with 15,000 artifacts to provide an authentic, 19th-century environment in which visitors can interact with knowledgeable, third-person historic interpreters in period-appropriate dress.
“Among the buildings preserved in the historic village are Col. Nathaniel Rochester’s house and George Eastman’s childhood home. Visitors experience how life in small towns has changed over time through engaging and enjoyable encounters with the stories, objects, buildings and environments of Western New York.”
Cost: Admission fee for general admission and special events
Located in Mumford, roughly 35 minutes / 25 miles from Rochester (get directions)
More information: gcv.org/
Listen to the enriching OnCell tour while you’re there, before you go, or after you visit.
I’ve been gathering Rochester’s fun facts for several years and am so excited to gather them all together here! Just some of what makes Rochester special!
Rochester railfans are incredibly lucky that passionate preservationists before us saw the value in retaining structures we can still appreciate today.
Rather than an escape, I prefer to think of these as transcending places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind.
When is your favorite time of year to visit the Genesee Country Village & Museum?
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