COVID Pandemic Restrictions?
The health of our community and our visitors is important to us. In light of the ongoing pandemic, we have been operating a bit differently than we have in the past. While we accept the occasional walk-in visitor, we prefer to have people contact us first to make appointments. Our staff are all vaccinated and wear masks when visitors are at the Temple. We require all visitors to the Temple to wear masks that we deem suitable while they are there, and we strongly prefer that all visitors be fully vaccinated. We may require stronger (or less strong) restrictions as circumstances change during the course of the pandemic, for special events or otherwise as we see fit. And we reserve the right to require anyone to leave our facilities for failure to comply with these restrictions or as we deem appropriate. Your health and our health and the health of our community is something we take very seriously.
Can my group use either the Temple or the Greystone facilities?
Possibly. From time to time, the Lewis County Historical Society lends out portions of The Temple for events to approved community groups and others. Jump over here for information about that.
At this point we do not allow groups to use Greystone because it is currently in the midst of renovation. But someday we hope to!
What is the difference between the Temple, Greystone and the Historical Society?
The Temple is the former Lowville Masonic Temple, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the headquarters of the Lewis County Historical Society. Greystone is the General Walter Martin House in Martinsburg, which is also on the National Register, is owned by the Lewis County Historical Society and is in the process of a multi-year restoration being overseen by the Historical Society.
Does the Temple have a parking lot?
Yes. The Temple has a private parking lot directly behind our Temple building, with additional public parking available right next door at the Lowville public parking lot. We also have a handicap accessible parking space right in front of the entrance to the Temple.
Is the Temple wheelchair accessible?
The main entrance to the Temple, the large Blue Room and select exhibit space are handicap accessible. The Temple has one handicap accessible bathroom.
Does the Historical Society offer special group tours for visitors?
Sometimes. The Historical Society does occasionally offer group tours of the Temple and of Greystone that can be scheduled separate from normal hours of operation.
How do I arrange a visit or group tour for a school group or group of adults?
Are the Historical Society, the Temple and Greystone a private or public institution?
Is photography or videography permitted inside the Temple or at Greystone?
Yes, photography and videography are allowed, but not for commercial use or publication without the express consent of the Lewis County Historical Society.