History & Culture

You can learn about history anywhere, but in Livingston County, you can reach out and touch it. No velvet ropes, no long lines, just interactive fun the whole family can enjoy. Go inside the guts of the Mount Morris Dam, as it holds back countless tons of water, or take a tour through the hanger of the 1941 Historic Aircraft Group Museum as they restore aged warplanes to their former glory. Rejuvenate at Radiance Spa, located in Geneseo's historic Sweet Briar. Only minutes away is the Genesee Country Village, one of the largest, working living history villages in the northeast.

Genesee Country Village & Museum

  • 1410 Flint Road
  • Mumford, New York 14511-0310
  •   (585) 538-6822
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Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York State, and one of the largest in the nation.

The museum also includes the John L. Wehle Gallery of Wildlife & Sporting Art, North America's premier collection of Wildlife and Sporting art, and Genesee Country Nature Center — 175 acres featuring five miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands and meadows.

Genesee Valley Greenway State Park

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Imagine...being able to walk, bike or ski from Lake Ontario in Rochester to Letchworth State Park, and on south to New York's Southern Tier, along a 90-mile path that winds through woodlands, farmlands and peaceful stream valleys. You might want to stop for a picnic along the Genesee River, visit a restored Genesee Valley Canal lock or take a side trip to a local museum or historic village.

Heritage Museum at the Hemlock Fair Grounds

  • 7370 Water Street - P.O. Box 263
  • Hemlock, New York 14466
  •   (585) 367-3370
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The mission of the museum is to create an educational opportunity for the youth of today and tomorrow to better understand and appreciate the roots of our local history. The Museum Complex will be the vehicle to allow us to preserve, protect, display and highlight historical items that were a part of life in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

Lederer Art Gallery

  • 1 College Circle
  • Brodie Fine Arts Center, 2nd Floor, Room #203
  • Geneseo, New York 14454
  •   (585) 245-5814
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Lederer Art Gallery was first opened with the Brodie Fine Arts Building in 1966. The Bertha V.B. Lederer Fine Arts Gallery was dedicated to its namesake in 1981. Lederer Gallery presents exhibitions of: contemporary local and national artists, Geneseo art faculty, student work, as well as graduating art students' final projects.

Livingston Arts Center

  • 4 Murray Hill Drive
  • Mount Morris, New York 14510
  •   (585) 243-6785
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Located on the historic Livingston County Campus, Livingston Arts Center was originally a four apartment residence for tuberculosis hospital physicians and their families. It now features the New Deal Gallery, home to Livingston County's easel painting collection made through FDR's New Deal programs, Apartment One, a gallery for regional artists' and special exhibits, Livingston Arts offices, and a gift shop. The Arts Center is also a learning site and is managed by the arts council. Call for hours, tours and information.

Open to the public beginning the week of December 7, 2008. The Arts Center is open Wed & Fri 1-4, Thurs 1-7:30 and Sat 11-3 (plus Tuesdays 1-4 May-October). Tours may be scheduled for other time by contacting Livingston Arts at 585-243-6785. There is no admission charge; donations are welcome.

Free parking is available; a ramp leading to the building's first floor is located in the rear parking lot, where all visitors to the Arts Center are encouraged to park. Look for signs Parking for Building 4-Livingston Arts Center.

Livingston County Historical Society

  • 30 Center Street
  • Geneseo, New York 14454
  •   (585) 243-9147
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Wide range of local history exhibits housed in 1838 Cobblestone Schoolhouse. Displays include: Indian artifacts, farm and household articles, military items, old toys, Concord Coach, antique fire apparatus, section of the famous "Big Tree," etc.

Livonia Area Preservation & Historical Society - Maurice F. Sweeney Museum

  • 10 Commercial Street
  • Livonia, New York 14487
  •   (585) 346-4579
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The Livonia Area Preservation & Historical Society, established in 1990, is a volunteer, non-profit organization of citizens interested in preserving the history and artifacts of the Town of Livonia. The Society seeks to cooperate with other local individuals and institutions to promote the identification, preservation and use of records important for understanding the Town of Livonia History.

Lockhart Gallery

  • 26 Main Street
  • Geneseo, New York 14454
  •   (585) 243-5779
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Long Point Park Walter Kingston Museum & Information Center

 

  • West Lake Road
  • Geneseo, New York 14454
  • (585) 991-5000
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The museum showcases the diverse history of Long Point Park, which went from a docking site for Native American canoeists and steamboats to a amusement park days and it's current state as a Town owned and operated recreational site.

 

 

Mount Morris Dam & Recreation Area

 

  • 6103 Visitor Center Road
  • Mount Morris, New York 14510
  •  (585) 658-4790
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The US Army Corps of Engineers built the Mount Morris Dam in the late 1940s to prevent flooding on the lower Genesee River. Today, the dam continues to provide flood protection along 67 miles of the Genesee River Valley from the village of Mount Morris to downtown Rochester where the river enters Lake Ontario.

In addition to public tours of the dam and school programs, the Visitor Center at Mount Morris Dam offers opportunities for everyone to engage and explore.

If you want to get outdoors, this is the place for you! For hiking and biking, the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail passes right through the project and continues 25 miles to Portageville, NY.

After a tour of the dam, school program, hike, or bike relax in one of our picnic shelters and let the kids burn some more energy on the playground.

Visit our website or "Call (585) 658-4790 to learn more about tour schedules, programs, and recreational opportunities."

 

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