The Cobblestone Museum

The Cobblestone Museum Closed for the winter months. Open by appointment beginning May 1, 2020. Call (585) 589-9013. Open other dates by appt.
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Sending Along Best Wishes! - https://mailchi.mp/ccc534c03bf1/hope-you-are-well-1416207
03/27/2020
Sending Along Best Wishes!

Sending Along Best Wishes! - https://mailchi.mp/ccc534c03bf1/hope-you-are-well-1416207

One thing we know in this trying time, we are all in this together!  I am sending another short video your way to show you some of your friends and neighbors enjoying the Summer Solstice Soiree III from June 2019.  The weather was perfect and not a virus in sight. I hope this gives you a moment of...

03/26/2020
Reluctant Home School History Lesson # 2 - The Cobblestone Museum - The Print Shop

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This is going out to all of the new "home-school" parents responding to the school closures. David Damico demonstrates an old printing press from the Cobblestone Museum. Students are well aware of the speedy, efficient laser and ink-jet printers that meet our needs today. In the attached short-clip David demonstrates the painstaking, process of printing used in the 18th and 19th centuries. Discuss how long it might have taken to get your information printed and distributed in the early days as opposed to today's standards.

This is going out to all of the new "home-school" parents responding to the school closures. David Damico demonstrates an old printing press from the Cobbles...

http://ancestralroofs.blogspot.com/2020/03/cobblestone-contretemps.htmlI hope you enjoy this blog article from our frien...
03/25/2020
Cobblestone Contretemps

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I hope you enjoy this blog article from our friends in Ontario, Canada. (Yes, there are cobblestone buildings in Canada, too!)

Be sure to check out our Cobblestone Info Base on the Cobblestone Museum's website: CobblestoneMuseum.org

It needs to be said, and a worthy project in New York State, the Cobblestone Info Base, is finally about to clear up the confusion. The ...

03/25/2020

Okay, this is going out to all of the new, reluctant "home school" parents everywhere. Perhaps you are struggling with being creative in your "lesson plans." In light of the current shortage in our food-chain, I am sending along this short video clip that you can share with your children about how times have changed when it comes to where we get our food.

Georgia Thomas shows and explains the Cobblestone Museum's collection of early butter churns. She even explains how the family dog got into the act. After watching the video, and if you are fortunate enough to have some heavy cream, you can have the kids help "churn" some butter by putting a half pint of cream in a cold mason jar (with lid) and take turns shaking for about a half an hour. Spread the butter on crackers and talk about the outcome.

03/25/2020
Georgia Clark shows the Cobblestone Museum's butter churns

Okay, this is going out to all of the new, reluctant "home school" parents everywhere. Perhaps you are struggling with being creative in your "lesson plans." In light of the current shortage in our food-chain, I am sending along this short video clip that you can share with your children about how times have changed when it comes to where we get our food.

Georgia Thomas shows and explains the Cobblestone Museum's collection of early butter churns. She even explains how the family dog got into the act. After watching the video, and if you are fortunate enough to have some heavy cream, you can have the kids help "churn" some butter by putting a half pint of cream in a cold mason jar (with lid) and take turns shaking for about a half an hour. Spread the butter on crackers and talk about the outcome.

We still have much to be thankful for...looking back to the spring flooding from 2017.
03/24/2020

We still have much to be thankful for...looking back to the spring flooding from 2017.

Hope you are well! - https://mailchi.mp/297d582e5829/hope-you-are-well
03/23/2020
Hope you are well!

Hope you are well! - https://mailchi.mp/297d582e5829/hope-you-are-well

I just wanted to check in with our friends to let you know we hope you are well and we miss you! We've had to postpone several Cobblestone Museum events that were planned for this spring while we await some good news about public gatherings. I've attached a short video to show you some of the great....

03/23/2020

I just wanted to check in with our friends to let you know we hope you are well and we miss you! We've had to postpone several events that were planned for this spring while we await some good news about public gatherings. I've attached a short video to show you some of the great volunteers who helped with our Cobblestone Ghost Walk 2018. It's hard to say who had more fun, our volunteer actors or our guests. A good time was had by all! Perhaps you'd like to be part of our upcoming drama events for later this year. We are already casting for Old Timers Fair, Ghost Walk, and other events. Send us a reply and we'd be pleased to talk to you about it!

03/17/2020

I wanted to send a short message to people who are planning to attend our Membership Dinner on May 6. We are currently monitoring the restrictions concerning gathering size. On April 1st we will make a determination regarding the dinner. The success of the dinner is an integral part of our annual fundraising, so we will definitely hold the dinner at some point this year.

03/16/2020

Due to public health concerns, the Cobblestone Museum is rescheduling some upcoming events and programs. (New dates will be determined after the State of Emergency is lifted.) The events currently impacted include:
Sunday Painters Class - March 29
Cobblestone Museum Day at Lures - March 21
Corning Museum of Glass Trip - April 4
Mothers Day Tea with Georgia Thomas - May 10

Please direct any questions to (585) 589-9013 or [email protected].

Congratulations  "You want it when?" is the title of photo of Dave Clark working in the harness shop, at The Cobblestone...
01/10/2020

Congratulations "You want it when?" is the title of photo of Dave Clark working in the harness shop, at The Cobblestone Museum, Albion New York. The image earned a first place award at the Professional Photographers of America International photo competition, and will be on display at their annual convention, this year being held in Nashville Tennessee, January 18th through the 21st, 2020. Photographer Bruce Landis of Photos by Bruce and Associates captured the image during Old Timers Fair at the Museum.

Constructed in1836, the Brick House is home to the Cobblestone Society’s office, Robert W. Frasch Resource Center/Resear...
01/09/2020

Constructed in1836, the Brick House is home to the Cobblestone Society’s office, Robert W. Frasch Resource Center/Research Library, and the George W. Zeis Upper Gallery. The building was added to the museum complex in 1998 and serves a vital role in the operation of the organization.

The cobblestone mason took great pride in his detail in this circa 1845 home. Notice the ornamentation work in the stone...
01/08/2020

The cobblestone mason took great pride in his detail in this circa 1845 home. Notice the ornamentation work in the stone. There is a half circle of three rows above the door and oval stones set vertically between the lintels.

The cobblestone mason took great pride in his detail in this circa 1845 home. Notice the ornamentation work in the stone. There is a half circle of three rows above the door and oval stones set vertically between the lintels.

Here is a view of the Cobblestone Church in Newfane in the late 1800s. Image shows the old carriage house behind the chu...
01/07/2020

Here is a view of the Cobblestone Church in Newfane in the late 1800s. Image shows the old carriage house behind the church prior to the change over to automobiles. Also missing in this view is the front vestibule and Memorial Hall in the rear, both were added in the 20th century. The church is still used as a house of worship.

This is a nice image of the sycamore smokehouse on display at Farmers Hall.  Here, Brandon De La Porte and Leanne Scott ...
01/07/2020

This is a nice image of the sycamore smokehouse on display at Farmers Hall. Here, Brandon De La Porte and Leanne Scott from Mrs. Rath's 4th grade class are demonstrating the size of this sycamore tree. (Oct. 1991)

News from Wed.  Jan 28, 1976 found in The Brockport Post.
12/31/2019

News from Wed. Jan 28, 1976 found in The Brockport Post.

Here is a winter image of an early bridge in Two Bridges, Carlton. The back of the photo describes it as Calahan's (Knop...
12/30/2019

Here is a winter image of an early bridge in Two Bridges, Carlton. The back of the photo describes it as Calahan's (Knopp's) Point. It also states this bridge was the first in this spot and was built in 1877 or 1878. Do you have information about the other buildings pictured?

Food stand, across from store at Two Bridges featuring Coney Island Hots
12/27/2019

Food stand, across from store at Two Bridges featuring Coney Island Hots

Old store at Two Bridges.
12/27/2019

Old store at Two Bridges.

Oak Orchard Lighthouse
12/24/2019

Oak Orchard Lighthouse

Bridge to south Rt 98 at Two Bridges, Carlton.
12/23/2019

Bridge to south Rt 98 at Two Bridges, Carlton.

Old covered bridge over Oak Orchard Creek at Two Bridges, Carlton. Torn down about 1911.
12/23/2019

Old covered bridge over Oak Orchard Creek at Two Bridges, Carlton. Torn down about 1911.

The old hotel, now Black North Inn at Point Breeze.
12/20/2019

The old hotel, now Black North Inn at Point Breeze.

The old hotel at west side of Oak Orchard Harbor at the Point.
12/20/2019

The old hotel at west side of Oak Orchard Harbor at the Point.

Beginning in 1975, the Cobblestone Society expanded its mission to include a collection of buildings to showcase the art...
12/13/2019

Beginning in 1975, the Cobblestone Society expanded its mission to include a collection of buildings to showcase the artisan trades in rural Orleans County. These shops have a photographic charm in all four seasons.

Beginning in 1975, the Cobblestone Society expanded its mission to include a collection of buildings to showcase the artisan trades in rural Orleans County. These shops have a photographic charm in all four seasons.

Town of Gaines, Hamlet of Childs, District #5 Schoolhouse
12/12/2019

Town of Gaines, Hamlet of Childs, District #5 Schoolhouse

Can you help identify a few more folks from the Cobblestone Farmers Parade from 1980?
12/10/2019

Can you help identify a few more folks from the Cobblestone Farmers Parade from 1980?

Can you help identify a few more folks from the Cobblestone Farmers Parade from 1980?

Looking for help identifying these folks from the Jubilee Play held in 1984 at the Cobblestone Church.
11/25/2019

Looking for help identifying these folks from the Jubilee Play held in 1984 at the Cobblestone Church.

We could use some help identifying the color guard members and guests from this photo from the 4th of July celebration i...
11/22/2019

We could use some help identifying the color guard members and guests from this photo from the 4th of July celebration in 1982.

For many years, it was a tradition to hold a Christmas Play at the Cobblestone District School #5 organized by Janice Th...
11/22/2019

For many years, it was a tradition to hold a Christmas Play at the Cobblestone District School #5 organized by Janice Thaine. This scene is from one of the plays in the 1980s. Shown are Anita Thaine, Mike Thaine, Janice Thaine and Ruth Applegate.

The historic hamlet of Childs was front and center in 1984 for the Town of Gaines 175th Anniversary parade.  Help us ide...
11/21/2019

The historic hamlet of Childs was front and center in 1984 for the Town of Gaines 175th Anniversary parade. Help us identify anyone you recognize. Thank you!

The historic hamlet of Childs was front and center in 1984 for the Town of Gaines 175th Anniversary parade. Help us identify anyone you recognize. Thank you!

The historic hamlet of Childs was the scene for the Town of Gaines 175th Anniversary Parade in 1984.  Please reply with ...
11/20/2019

The historic hamlet of Childs was the scene for the Town of Gaines 175th Anniversary Parade in 1984. Please reply with anyone's name you recognize and we will update our records. Thank you!

The historic hamlet of Childs was the scene for the Town of Gaines 175th Anniversary Parade in 1984. Please reply with anyone's name you recognize and we will update our records. Thank you!

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Welcome to the Cobblestone Museum! It is our mission to preserve and promote the unique cobblestone heritage that is distinctively Upstate New York. Did you know that 90% of all cobblestone structures in America are located within 75 miles of Rochester, New York? Over 900 cobblestone buildings were built in New York State between 1825 and 1860. We are proud of this unique regional heritage!

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Has anyone with a cobblestone house experienced bat issues? We have a lot of them under our soffits and the population grows every year because of the gaps between be soffit and the stone it’s the perfect spot for them. Has anyone been able to solve their bat issue?
I have an item I would like to discuss donating to the Museum. Who do I need to speak with.
Looking forward to performing at Summer Solstice III "A Celtic Celebration" on June 19th.
Hey Orleans County ! Do you like history ? Do you have an old house pre-1900 or know someone who does ?In the 1800's there was no garbage pickup so into the outhouse it went. The structure is long gone but underneath is a time capsule waiting to be unearthed. Message me if you are willing to let us try.
Don't let this happen.
Hi! This is probably a long shot but I live in an old cobblestone house in Royalton New York. A couple years ago we replaced an old addition off the back of the house with one that went all the way across the back. Since then we have NEVER been able to get the room to stop leaking and feel that the only answer is going to be reprinting the whole back wall. Do you know of any contractors widely used on old cobblestones that we may be able to contact on this?
Thank you for a great event today. I loved all the history stories. Don't think I will ever think of Sandy Creek the same way again. 🙂
Starting to feel cobblestone calendar overkill. Is it just me? Seems to be shifting the focus from what the cobblestone museum's mission is to modern family photos of the kids.
I was in the calendar. 😊