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Taming the Frontier

Holland Land Office Museum

It all began at the Holland Land Office, an 1815 building where the 3 million acres of Western New York lands were surveyed and sold. Exhibits range from prehistoric mastodon bones and 19th century military equipment to furniture, clothing and various household goods. Holland Land Office Museum, Batavia, Genesee County. 716-343-4727.

Genesee Country Village

At Genesee Country Village, authentically-dressed villagers go about their daily business, whether it be blacksmith, printer or merchant. This living history museum is an authentic expression of regional life 150 years ago. The museum is comprised of a 19th century village featuring 57 historically significant structures; the Gallery of Sporting Art offering the works of wildlife artists like Audubon and Tunnicliffe; and a 375-acre Nature Center and Wildlife Refuge. Special events, like a Civil War reenactment or Bagpipe Weekend, make each museum trip unique. Genesee Country Village, Mumford, Monroe County. 585-538-6822.

Brown's Race Historic District

In 1818, Francis and Matthew Brown cut a quarter mile channel through solid bedrock and harnessed the power of the Genesee River's 96-foot High Falls to bring water power to Rochesterville. Today, Brown's Race Historic District pays tribute to these early 19th century entrepreneurs and their fledgling technology. Visitors can see the original, rebuilt 25-foot, 12-ton waterwheel ensconced in its original chamber. Another tribute to early Rochester technology, the Center at High Falls is a commercial center set in a restored factory.

Brown's Race Historic District, State and Platt streets, Rochester, Monroe County. 585-325-2030.

Granger Homestead &Carriage Museum

The Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum is a grand, yellow Jeffersonian mansion built by Gideon Granger, postmaster general for Presidents Jefferson and Madison. Built in 1816, it is filled with authentic period furnishings belonging to the Granger family. The nearby carriage barn houses WNY's largest carriage collection, dating from 1800 to the mid-1930s.

Granger Homestead &Carriage Museum, Canandaigua, 585-394-1472.




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