The Cobblestone Museum

The Cobblestone Museum Open September & October 2019 by Appointment Call (585) 589-9013 for tours. Open other dates by appt.
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The Brief Splendor of Autumn
11/06/2019

The Brief Splendor of Autumn

KODAK Digital Still Camera
11/01/2019

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Check out the Cobblestone Museum's Christmas Shoppe. Everything priced to sell. Nov. 1, 2 & 3 and Dec. 7 from 1-5pm.

Civil War Ghost Walk 2019
10/25/2019

Civil War Ghost Walk 2019

10/19/2019

Spend an entertaining afternoon with Civil War Ghost Walk and enjoy a Dubby's Wood Fired Pizza while you are here! Today only, Sat. Oct. 19 at noon, 2pm and 4pm.

Please help us as we consider how to solve some key challenges that keeps the Historic Hamlet of Childs form reaching it...
10/16/2019

Please help us as we consider how to solve some key challenges that keeps the Historic Hamlet of Childs form reaching its full potential as a cultural heritage destination. Thank you to The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc. for including us in this successful annual program.

📣 Announcing the 2019 #FivetoRevive, our annual list of some of the region's best #preservation opportunities:

https://landmarksociety.org/2019-five-to-revive/

Catch us at 1:00 on Friday as we discuss this year's list with Evan Dawson on WXXI's Connections!

We are proud to partner with Dubby's Wood Fired for our Civil War Ghost Walk on Sat. Oct. 19.  Dubby's co-owners, Brian ...
09/19/2019

We are proud to partner with Dubby's Wood Fired for our Civil War Ghost Walk on Sat. Oct. 19. Dubby's co-owners, Brian & Rebecca Alexander, will be making open hearth pizzas and offering other food choices throughout the event. Pre-sale tickets for the tour and refreshments are now available online at a substantial discount. Civil War Ghost Walk

09/19/2019

Did you know that one of the stops on the Cobblestone Tour of Homes on Sat. Sept. 28 was used as a tourist home for the very wealthy? The home is currently an Airbnb. One of the many amenities is an indoor swimming pool. Tickets for the tour are available at Cobblestone Tour of Homes

09/18/2019
Orleans County Heritage Festival

Orleans County Heritage Festival

Thank you to all who attended or participated in the 4th Annual Orleans County Heritage Festival. We had over 1200 attend our 10 day event which included a variety of programs celebrating our heritage. We look forward to seeing you at the 5th annual Heritage Festival in 2020!

Did you know that one of the stops on the Cobblestone Tour of Homes was built for the sea captain of the ship "Milly Coo...
09/18/2019

Did you know that one of the stops on the Cobblestone Tour of Homes was built for the sea captain of the ship "Milly Cook," and an anchor still sits in the lawn to commemorate that history? Join us on Sat. Sept. 28 to visit this site and 9 other outstanding heritage sites in eastern Niagara and western Orleans Counties.

Please comment or message me if you are hoping to come to the Old Timer's Fair, and if you are interested in the Chicken...
08/31/2019

Please comment or message me if you are hoping to come to the Old Timer's Fair, and if you are interested in the Chicken BBQ. I have to give Chiavetta a guesstimate of what to expect so they can be prepared. Thank you!😀

Al Capurso stopped by the museum to catch up after his surgery.  We wish him the very best.  For history buffs, notice t...
08/30/2019

Al Capurso stopped by the museum to catch up after his surgery. We wish him the very best. For history buffs, notice that Al is standing in front of the outhouse once located at the first bank in Orleans County (1830), now the oldest structure currently restored and preserved at the Cobblestone Museum.

Enjoy our Orleans County Heritage Festival Sept. 6-15. Eleven Days and over Fifteen great events!
08/17/2019

Enjoy our Orleans County Heritage Festival Sept. 6-15. Eleven Days and over Fifteen great events!

Enjoy our Orleans County Heritage Festival Sept. 6-15.  Eleven Days and over Fifteen great events!
08/17/2019

Enjoy our Orleans County Heritage Festival Sept. 6-15. Eleven Days and over Fifteen great events!

Save the date-Sat. Sept. 14.
08/17/2019

Save the date-Sat. Sept. 14.

07/07/2019

Join us today (June 7) at 11 am at the Cobblestone Church for the Community Patriotic Service followed by a picnic in the side lawn.

07/04/2019

We are very pleased that Dubby's Wood Fired will be on hand making their delicious wood-fired pizzas for our Cobblestone Ghost Walk on Saturday, October 19th. This year's theme centers around the Civil War and its impact in Orleans County. Mark you calendars and plan to come hungry! Thank you to Brian and Becky Alexander for adding to our festivities!

Former State Attorney General starts his career at Cobblestone Schoolhouse No. 5 in Childs. John Cunneen was born near E...
06/29/2019

Former State Attorney General starts his career at Cobblestone Schoolhouse No. 5 in Childs.

John Cunneen was born near Ennis, Ireland on May 18. 1848, where his family lived In a cottage of sunbaked brick with a thatched roof. He was next to the oldest of seven sons who were all named after the Apostles. At the very early age of twelve he had saved enough money to pay for his passage to America. Sailing across the ocean in 1860 he was cold, hungry and seasick. Most of the voyage he spent huddled against the smokestack for warmth. Upon landing in New York he took the train to Albany where he made the rest of his trip by packet boat up the Erie Canal. With all his worldly possessions tied up in a grip slung over his shoulder, this lonely boy was met by a cousin In Albion.

For the next several years John Cunneen worked on a farm near Albion for his room and board. During the winter months he attended a one-room district school to further his education. While working on the farm he became interested in carpentry and for a few years worked at that trade. Yet, at the same time continued his quest for knowledge and self-betterment. During the early 1870's he began the study of law under John H White and Sanford E. Church in Albion. While studying tor the bar in 1873, he taught at the District No. 5 Cobblestone School in Childs.

He walked from Albion to Childs every day, three miles each way. Being extremely poor at the time he kept bachelor's quarters in a room where he fixed his own meals. In 1876 he married Elizabeth Bass, a local girl, after having been engaged to her for several years. They had one daughter, Charlotte. John Cunneen was admitted to the bar at Rochester in 1874 and at once commenced the practice of law In Albion where he remained until 1890 when he moved to Buffalo and became associated with the firm of Tabor, Sheelar, Cunneen and Coatsworth. Later this firm dissolved and simply became Cunneen and Coatsworth until 1898 when Mr. Cunneen engaged in the practice of law alone.

During his time In Albion he was clerk of the Orleans County Board of Supervisors and was twice the Democrat candidate for District Attorney in Orleans County. In 1900, 1901 and 1902 Mr. Cunneen was chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party. In 1902 he was elected Attorney General of New York State and had the distinction of being the only Democrat elected to state office that year. He served only from January 1903 to January 1905 as he was defeated for his second bid to office.

In February 1907 John Cunneen developed a severe cold and died of Lobar Pneumonia. He is buried In Old St. Joseph's Cemetery on Brown Road near Albion. He was considered to be "a man of exceptional intellectual attainments and strict integrity." As mentioned previously, John Cunneen taught at the District No 5 Cobblestone School in Childs during 1873.

(Courtesy C.W. Lattin)

Annual Community Patriotic Service - Sunday, July 7 at 11am - https://mailchi.mp/62709315e570/annual-community-patriotic...
06/29/2019
Annual Community Patriotic Service - Sunday, July 7 at 11am

Annual Community Patriotic Service - Sunday, July 7 at 11am - https://mailchi.mp/62709315e570/annual-community-patriotic-service-sunday-july-7-at-11am

Join us in the 1834 Cobblestone Church for the Annual Community Patriotic Service with special songs and readings. The keynote address entitled "A Spirit of Independence" will be presented by Rev. Don Algeo. Vocal solos will be performed by Enoch and Elijah Martin, with accompanied by Richard Della....

Lockport Union Sun & JournalFriday, June 19, 1953Cobblestone School Closes Its DoorsRepresentatives of three generations...
06/22/2019

Lockport Union Sun & Journal
Friday, June 19, 1953

Cobblestone School Closes Its Doors

Representatives of three generations met at the Cobblestone schoolhouse Thursday evening for a partly sad, sentimental party. The schoolhouse, which has served 106 years of school children, is being closed for good. The present class probably will be the last to learn reading, writing and arithmetic within its walls.

The Cobblestone School is a landmark of the South Lockport area. It has been standing at its site on the Transit and Hamm Road since 1847. Its main distinguishing architectural mark has been the cobblestone fronting over its field stone exterior walls.

Thursday evening’s party was to bid farewell to the school. Members of the newest class and their parents were there, as were scholars of many years ago. There were more than 60 present.

The school flag was lowered for the last time from the flagpole in the opening ceremonies. The formal closing of the school was symbolized later by the final locking of the door by District Trustee Adolph Moll and Mrs. James Conley, the present teacher.

Mrs. Elizabeth Fraser, a former scholar of the Cobblestone School, recalled its history. Reports on the past trustees and teachers were given by Mr. and Mrs. J. Ward Gregory.

Among the school’s former students present were Miss Mary Robinson, who recalled that her father planted some of the trees in the school yard. Church D. Hall, a past student and trustee, whose memories of the Cobblestone School go back almost 70 years, and Clarence O. Lewis, Niagara County Historian.

As John Hall, master of ceremonies for the party, declared District 12 and the Cobblestone School will lose their century-long identity next autumn, he added that in the name progress, its students will leave its one small room for the bigger and more modern schools of Lockport. But there are still many who will long remember the old school-house.

(Thanks to Richard Palmer for sending along this photo and clip)

https://cobblestonestructures.blogspot.com/2016/09/cobblestone-structures-in-upstate-new.html

Summer Solstice Soiree 2019
06/21/2019

Summer Solstice Soiree 2019

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