While the Lewis County Historical Society is the first place you should visit, we are not the only place that should be on your list. The County has a number of other worthwhile historical museums, libraries and local historical societies. We are happy to point you in the right direction, make introductions for you, or help you arrange visits.
Situated in the historic family home of emigres from Alsace-Lorraine who made their way to Lewis County as indentured servants in the 1830s, this museum preserves the religious and cultural heritage of the Mennonite community and its Anabaptist origins in northern New York. Interesting local artifacts and public exhibits, encouraging of original historical research, and focused on the unique value of the farm in the life and faith of an important group of the area’s settlers, this museum is a must-see.
American Legion Military Museum
To honor Lewis County’s military history, the American Legion’s War Museum covers wars dating back to the Spanish—American War (1898) and every war since. It contains photographs, uniforms, weapons, medals and other artifacts.
Preserving the history of the North American Maple Syrup industry, with exhibits depicting sugar making techniques from those used by early Native Americans to the plastic tubing and stainless steel evaporators in use today, the museum is housed in the former Father Leo Memorial School building. This is one sweet place to visit.
Storms-Bailey Home Museum
Owned by the Lyons Falls History Association, this little museum exhibits the history of the Gould Paper Mill, the Lyons Falls region, military uniforms from various wars, as well as memorabilia from the Storms-Bailey family.
Town of Diana Historical Museum
Housed in the historic Harrisville Railroad Depot, this museum is filled with history and memorabilia from the Town of Diana, the village of Harrisville and other small local hamlets in the area.