Heritage & History

American Maple Museum
9753 Main Street Croghan
(315) 346-1107

As the official Maple Hall of Fame for the US and Canada, the American Maple Museum was founded in 1977 to preserve the North American maple syrup industry. Located in a 1916 brick schoolhouse, the museum has exhibits that demonstrate the history of maple syrup and sugar-making techniques from the American Indians to present day. There is also a replica of a sugarhouse and a gift shop where you’ll find pure maple syrup and other sweet treats made with maple.

Off-season hours (Labor Day until the end of June): Monday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seasonal summer hours (July through Labor Day): Monday through Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Constable Hall
5909 John Street Constableville (315) 397-2323 (in season)
(315) 376-7493 (Sept–May)

A north country historic mansion, Constable Hall is nestled on the edge of the Tug Hill Plateau overlooking the Sugar River. Constable Hall remained in the family for five generations, from 1822 to 1947, and is now on the National Register of Historic places.

The hall remains open from the last weekend in May until October 15. Visiting hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fees are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. The Father’s Day Arts and Crafts Fair & Antique Show remains an annual event.

Lewis County Historical Society
7552 S. State Street Lowville
(315) 376-8957

The Lewis County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the past and present cultural, ethnic, religious, educational and industrial history of Lewis County. The Society accomplishes its mission through the exhibition and interpretation of its collection, as well as local history exhibits and lectures. Visitors are welcome from June to mid-October, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lyons Falls History Association
McAlpine Street Lyons Falls
(315) 348-8121

Lyons Falls History Association exhibits bottles, pharmaceutical equipment, and other memorabilia dating back 100 years or more. Prescriptions from early 1900s are on display as well as other items from earlier days in Lyons Falls.

The museum is located/housed in the back of the Lyons Falls Pharmacy on the corner of McAlpine and Cherry Street in Lyons Falls, and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Railway Historic Society of Northern New York
9781 Main Street Croghan
(315) 346-6848

Members of the Railway Historic Society of Northern New York (RHSNNY) have turned the old train station into a museum teeming with artifacts of life in the old days. The building was once the Croghan Depot for the Lowville-Beaver River Railway (L&BRR) and is full of memorabilia from days gone by.

The RHSNNY Museum is open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.

Mennonite Heritage Farm
8778 Erie Canal Road Croghan (315) 346-1122, (315) 493-3119
(315) 376-8502 mennoniteheritagefarm.com

When looking across the lush, green, rolling hills of Lewis County, one of the defining aspects of the landscape is the dairy farm. Many of these farms have stood for more than one hundred years and have been in families for generations. It is these farms and the unique people who built and settled the rough Lewis County landscape that the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm, located in Kirschnerville near the town of Croghan, seeks to preserve. The Heritage Farm, which was recently added to the National Registry of Historic Places, was settled in 1834 and served as the homestead for three generations of Moser descendants.

The Mosers were members of the Amish/Mennonite faith and came to America with the hope of practicing their religion openly and freely. With the help of other immigrant families in Lewis County, the Moser family helped the Mennonite church grow from a group of a few families meeting in houses to a church of more than ten locations spread out over two counties.

In the 1980s, following the deaths of Menno and Veronica Moser, the last Moser family members to live on the homestead, the property was acquired by a newly organized committee of sponsors who recognized the unique value of the farm as a living story of the life and faith of the area’s settlers. The committee has since evolved into the now state-chartered nonprofit, the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Association. Since acquiring the property, AMHA has set up the house and surrounding grounds with exhibits and displays of artifacts and information about the life of the early Amish-Mennonite dairy farmers of the area.

The farm is open from July thru October, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a minimal admission fee. Bus tours are welcome by appointment. On the first Saturday of July the farm holds a special daylong celebration: Zwanzigstein Fest, which showcases the property and the way of life for so many of our local ancestors!

North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame and Museum
Comins Road Osceola
(315) 599-7009
(315) 964-1226

The art of fiddling is preserved at the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum includes displays of fiddling artifacts, photographs, and the Fiddlers Hall of Fame. The resource library houses fiddle tunes, dance formations, and recordings.

The New York State Old Tyme Fiddler’s Association is an organization for those that enjoy old tyme fiddle, listening to old tyme fiddle and helping to preserve old type fiddle playing in America. The organization provides many opportunities for members, as well as the public to participate in fiddle events. Throughout the summer months there are regular weekend concerts and jam sessions in the Fiddler’s Pavilion at the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame. Admission is free to most events, while there is a small admission charge to some.

There are also three special events during the year. These are The Fall House Party, The Winter Picnic, and the Spring Fling. In addition, each chapter has a monthly meeting followed by a jam session.

Visitors are welcome to attend all concerts and events. Hours are Memorial Day to the first Sunday in October, Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Town of Diana Historical Museum
2 Depot Street Harrisville
(315) 543-2218

Decorated in period design and reproductions the museum provides a gift shop and a greeting and baggage room as a backdrop to photos, scrapbooks, and locally collected memorabilia. Special events and guest artisans frequent the museum.

The museum is open Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May to October.