History happened here in the Finger Lakes and our museums, historic sites, historic markers, and live narratives are here to tell the story.
From Native American roots to early electronic communication technology and the founding of occupational therapy, to groundbreaking women’s history, Ontario County is full of notable events and discoveries that are still relevant in our daily lives.
Create your own itinerary and travel back in time to learn about Ontario County’s amazing past that impacted our current way of life in so many ways.
Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor – Native American history, art and culture come to life at this unique site.
East Bloomfield Historical Society, Bloomfield a restored 1838 brick schoolhouse that carefully preserves the history of the area.
Antique Wireless Association Museum, Bloomfield – This treasure trove of communication electronics is a fascinating collection.
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Canandaigua - Tour this magnificent mansion and stroll through the surrounding property, showcasing the height of Victorian garden design.
Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, Canandaigua – View the nearly 100 horse-drawn carriages and sleighs on display.
Ontario County Historical Society, Canandaigua – This historical society is an amazing resource for local history, genealogy library and, also features a bookstore.
Hill Cumorah Visitors Center, Palmyra--- Learn about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at this state- of- the -art visitors center.
Foster Cottage Museum, Clifton Springs – Learn about the Sulphur Cure therapy that made Clifton Springs a 19th century wellness destination.
Gorham Historical Society, Gorham--- View artifacts from the Civil War through the early 20th century.
Geneva Historical Society, Geneva – Three venues: Prouty-Chew House, Johnston House, and Rose Hill Masion tell the stories of Geneva’s past.
Smith Opera House, Geneva – Enjoy live performances in this fully- restored 1894 theater.