Friday, September 26, 2014

Genesee Country Museum and Village

Another stop on our trip, was the Genesee Country Museum and Village. I love these types of places. This one was a bit different, instead of just focusing on one time period, it covered a span of time from the late 1700's up to the 1930's. You traveled through time as you walked in different areas. There was also an interesting art and clothing museum on the property.

They had some cool coaches and buggies. They had a large collection of sleighs.

A special exhibit showcased what some of your favorite characters from books would have worn.

This was amusing.

Besides the other clothing exhibits, they had drawers and drawers, that exhibited particular types of clothing. It was fascinating.

 Outside, it was a beautiful day, and a gazebo was the center of the village.
 There were costumed people, throughout the village, who were ready to tell you about the time period and give you a history lesson. This gentleman was from the land office, around the early 1800's. It was interesting to hear how difficult it was to get to the area (pre Erie Canal), and clear the land. Incredible labor. The forests were so thick and the trees so interlocked, you had to cut several trees before any would come down.
 This home was in the earliest era of the village.
The blacksmith made anything metal needed, nails, hinges, tools.

 Turkey dinner.
 Just a touch of fall.
 We spent quite a while talking to this lady. She told us all about how they cooked and managed a household. Lots of work.
 These are cheeses that they made there. They heat the milk to a certain temperature, add rennet which comes from veal stomach and put it in a mold. The cheese sits on salt to keep it from going bad and is kept in a cheese cupboard.
 The beginning of making cheese.
 Interesting to see her meal preparations and find out how she came by all the parts as compared to us today.

 This hexagon house was considered especially healthful, as it let in a lot of light and air. You could see 3 windows form anywhere you were in the house at any given time.

Charles Eastman's boyhood home.

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